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Blandin Foundation grants strengthen area news, community networks

October 7, 2022

Grand Rapids, MINN. (October 7, 2022) – Blandin Foundation recently awarded grants to strengthen local media and activities that build up community connections and resilience. Itasca County’s news and information ecosystem will be strengthened with a $500,000 grant to Itasca Community Television (ICTV). Paid over three years, ICTV will build up program offerings, audience outreach…

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Editorial: Making sure an ambulance shows up

October 6, 2022

Like many types of community infrastructure, rural emergency services are stretched to -- and often beyond -- a breaking point. This Star-Tribune editorial lays out the many challenges facing rural ambulance service, and spotlights some approaches to start addressing them. Reprinted with permission from the Star-Tribune editorial board. For more information about rural EMS and a…

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