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May 24, 2012
The Northwest Area Foundation kicks off summer with its Grassroots and Groundwork conference. This year’s conference emphasizes knowledge sharing — facilitated discussions and site visits will allow participants to learn about “proven or emerging strategies to reduce poverty and build community assets and wealth.” Accroding to a note from NW Area Foundation staff, the event […]
September 13, 2011
Northwest Minnesota gathers today in Bemidji to think regionally and act locally. Blandin Foundation invited alumni of its leadership programs to gather to explore the region’s trends and to imagine new ways to frame issues, build social capital and mobilize resources around a shared regional vision. Nearly 100 people are gathered for this event, the first of […]
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 […]
July 12, 2011
Know of a community project that succeeded thanks to strong collaboration in your community? Nominate it for the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase. The project, sponsored by InCommons, highlights “collaborative work already going on in Minnesota towns and neighborhoods to improve quality of life” in Minnesota communities, including rural communities. InCommons will select 30 project to […]
On July 19, 20 and 21, the Bush Foundation of St. Paul and InCommons are bringing Minnesotans together in Grand Rapids, the Twin Cities and Rochester to offer policy makers new ideas for real, sustainable solutions to our state’s budget challenges. Interested in being part of this conversation? Visit http://www.incommons.org/citizensolutions.
May 27, 2011
For Michael Wade, every minute holds the possibility to change a community. “Give me a half-hour, I can help someone move into a new home. Give me an hour, and I can start a food shelf,” says this resident of Virginia, Minnesota, and driving force behind the new Virginia Indian Center, a drop-in center for […]
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 11, 2011
Stevens County is home to 22 freshly trained, energized leaders. The most recent cohort of Blandin Community Leadership Program , the residents from Hancock and Morris, Minn., spent the last full week in February focused on their community’s shared assets and honing their leadership skills. They will finish up with workshops in May and July. […]
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