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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing resourceful, inclusive communities.

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News Release: Blandin Foundation names four new trustees

February 13, 2023

Blake, Charwood, Marinucci and Scrivner to help the Foundation improve rural Minnesota outcomes  in three priority areas  GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (February 13, 2023) – Four northern Minnesotans have been selected to join the Blandin Foundation’s board of trustees starting in January 2023. Their personal knowledge of rural communities and their professional expertise will move the…

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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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