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Blandin Foundation grants strengthen area news, community networks

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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Native American communities prioritize traditional healing to treat mental health

Culturally-appropriate mental health care is vital to the continued healing and growth of Minnesota’s Native people. Yet there’s a gaping shortage of Native American psychologists — to the tune of 200 to 300 in the entire country. With population numbers of over several million, more mental health practitioners area needed. This article explores the issue …

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Open Arms: St. Peter forms nonprofit to advocate for diversity

St. Peter leaders are finding ways to connect across differences to create community. In an effort that started during the community’s time in the Blandin leadership program, Leaders in Ethnically Diverse Communities, local champions have kept up the momentum, creating a nonprofit (St. Peter Good Neighbor Diversity Council) dedicated to creating a “caring, supportive, and …

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Blandin Foundation awards $4.8 million in grants

Grand Rapids, MINN. (June 29, 2022) – Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees approved nearly $4.8 million in grants at its June meeting for work that will strengthen the area’s future workforce and make topics rural communities care about better heard and more visible.     An array of grants this round lift local organizations working to …

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Clip: What it means to recognize Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a national holiday celebrating and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. While it’s been over 150 years since June 19, 1865, the day the last of the enslaved people were freed, the impacts of the unjust treatment of African Americans are seen in our communities today. We all have a …

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Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities project takes root in St. Peter

Giving youth the power to bring to life their own ideas, Grass and Roots Outdoors is a new program in St. Peter that grew out of an idea sparked during the community’s time in the Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities program. “There are lots of kids who don’t have access to things, so how do …

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Article: Closing Minnesota’s Digital Divide

We’ve been working with rural communities for nearly 20 years to realize the vision of “everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable, world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.” The pandemic shined a spotlight on the importance working toward this vision and …

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Learn: Red Wing continues to build robust tech economy

For more than a decade, community leaders in Red Wing have been making a tech-based economy a reality. School, health care and business leaders have worked together to plan, fund and create infrastructure networks and tools residents can use to weave online solutions into their daily lives, including creating Red Wing Ignite, a local tech-focused …

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