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North Star Promise is an assist for attending college, but navigate carefully

“The program is a step in the right direction but comes with some implications,” writes Blandin Foundation’s Jen Alger in an op-ed published in the Star Tribune.

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Blandin Foundation grant to CommunityGiving helps rural MN create community-driven development strategies and tap millions in future wealth transfer

$500,000 grant aims to transform rural development by strengthening community foundations.

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Kootasca Community Action Building Resilience with $400,000 Blandin Foundation Grant

Funding will help fight poverty and build community through long-term planning, program evaluation and organizational development.

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The urgent need for affordable housing in rural communities

MPR’s Rural Voice series hosted a town hall discussion in Two Harbors about how to creatively solve the affordable housing bottleneck for rural communities.

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North Star Promise is an assist for attending college, but navigate carefully

May 5, 2024

The program is a step in the right direction but comes with some implications. Last year, Minnesota enacted legislation to help defray the costs of higher education, called the North Star Promise. The program is designed to create a tuition- and fee-free pathway to higher education for families with household incomes below $80,000. But many…

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How the Seeds From One Grant Have a Small Community Buzzing

May 3, 2024

“We just put in an order for seeds from a local nursery,” explains Kelly Looby, executive director of North Shore Area Partners, a Silver Bay, Minnesota nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the independence and well-being of older adults in the northeastern two-thirds of Lake County. “People are excited about what we’ll grow this…

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