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August 4, 2011
Thirty community projects have been selected as winners in the 2011 Minnesota Community Pride Showcase competition sponsored this year by InCommons, MinnPost.com and Minnesota State Fair. The competition recognizes collaborative work to improve minnesota towns and neighborhoods. We were delighted to see that many Blandin Foundation partners were selected as winners: Rabideau Conservation Academy and […]
April 19, 2011
It all started in a corner of the town’s Target parking lot in 1999 and today it takes two hockey arenas to contain it. In just four hours on April 16, more than 3,000 children and caretakers gobbled up the resources and fun of the 13th annual Children First! Children’s Fair in Grand Rapid, Minnesota. […]
April 1, 2011
Last Friday, 26 residents of the Aitkin and Palisade area wrapped up their five-day Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat. North-central Minnesota’s Aitkin County, home to both communities, spans a portion of Minnesota’s lake country. Tourism and timber are important here, as is community collaboration.
March 25, 2011
Rural aficionado Michael Knutson’s tweets yesterday mentioned “third places” – a term, we discovered, used in community planning to identify a community’s social gathering places, like pubs, diners and coffeehouses. People also have “first places” (home) and “second places” (work) in communities. Together, these three types of place give communities, rural communities included, their […]
March 24, 2011
It’s that time again… Census data to drive conversation about state demographics and community health. With the release of more 2010 Census data on March 15, that conversation has seen a spike. Some of the most interesting rural-focused coverage is out of Aaron Brown’s MinnesotaBrown blog and Dave Peters’ coverage in Minnesota Public Radio’s Ground […]
March 7, 2011
Minnesota’s spotlight is on its leaders, at every level, who are trying to do more with fewer resources. State legislators, especially, have their work cut out for them as the “cut vs. tax” debate persists.
February 8, 2011
The following article was published in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press on February 8, 2011.
Getting children ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten is important. Some believe it is vital to solving the problems in our K-12 system.
January 19, 2011
Legislative Task Force Finds Single Point of Authority and Responsibility will Result in More Efficient Government
December 22, 2010
Local grants support education, early childhood, housing and economic development.
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