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In Conversation: NE MN faces acute housing shortage

Grants officer Kyle Erickson and Cara Oakland of NE MN Continuum of Care talk with KAXE radio hosts about our region’s need for housing, and efforts to put stable housing within reach for more people.

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News Release: Blandin Foundation grant to homeless coalition helps secure major federal funding to reduce homelessness in NE Minnesota

Blandin Foundation helped announce a significant grant from the Housing and Urban Development Office (HUD) to a coalition of local homeless organizations, Northeast Continuum of Care (NE CoC), to develop new housing units and opportunities and better serve the housing needs of the region.

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Op-Ed: Don't let greater Minnesota become lesser Minnesota

Opinion column in the Star Tribune by Blandin Foundation CEO Tuleah Palmer on the Minnesota state budget surplus and rural Minnesota funding disparities.

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New Grants Program

We have refocused our efforts on the areas where we can make the biggest difference.

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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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