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

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News Clip: Broadband rolls farther into the Iron Range

November 1, 2022

Business North takes a deep look into the past, present and future of broadband access on the Iron Range. It took lots of hard work from leaders across geographies and sectors to bring home the benefits of broadband. “Fast, reliable broadband is tied to every facet of community life and is vital for rural places…

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Veterans Day: a time to stand with those who have served

November 11, 2022

For rural communities, Veterans Day is an up close and personal day of remembrance. Many of us count family, friends and neighbors among those who have served our country in times of war and peace, and are serving today. Minnesota author and veteran Diana Oestreich asks that this Veteran's Day we go deeper than simply…

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