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Watch: Youth share their enthusiasm for new accessible park in Ball Club

Construction of the new Mikinaak Park in Ball Club wrapped up earlier this fall. The 3-year project, sparked by young people’s vision for a park accessible for people of all abilities, brought the community together and transformed community space into a gathering place welcoming for all. Its name means “turtle” in Ojibwe, one of many …

Annual Broadband Conference

Our annual broadband conference wraps up today. Thomas Friedman keynotes this morning, then get a glimpse of how your county’s broadband service stacks up to state goals, with a discussion of our annual broadband county profiles. Plus, you can catch up with the entire month’s conversations! Join the Conversation

Census count ends TODAY!

Ask everyone you meet today if they’ve filled out their Census form. If they haven’t — or can’t remember — encourage them to go to www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. See your community (including townships) response rate here. Each person missed in the Census count means Itasca County misses out on $2,796 — per person — …

Blandin Foundation trustees award $2 million in grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Blandin Foundation trustees approved $2 million in grants at their September meeting, including several that continue the Foundation’s emergency and ongoing support of area entrepreneurs and employers. A $50,000 program-related investment approved to the Cohasset Economic Development Authority supports small businesses within the City of Cohasset.  Similar investments made in Itasca …

Blandin Foundation Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Enough   Minnesota communities cannot be strong unless they are working for – and safe for – every person. Today’s mix of health, economic and racial crises rip off our bandage covering historical inequities, deep-seated injustice and unequal opportunities. We cannot deny that we are in trouble. Our communities, our leaders, need every person and …

Northern Minnesota leader named Blandin Foundation President and CEO

Tuleah Palmer has decades of experience leading impactful, complex nonprofits and programs GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (May 8, 2020)—Trustees of Blandin Foundation have selected Tuleah S. Palmer of Cass Lake, Minn., as the foundation’s next president and CEO following a national search. Palmer currently serves as executive director of Northwest Indian Community Development Center in Bemidji, …

This week’s broadband webinars

This week’s offerings in our five-week webinar series Creating Successful Broadband Infrastructure Projects. April 21 – Feasibility Studies: Presentation and discussion of the key elements of broadband feasibility study design, implementation, and use; including tips on selecting a consultant   Details and registration here April 23 – Federal and State Broadband Finance Programs: An overview of …

Today at 9 a.m.: Broadband mapping webinar

This morning from 9 – 10 a.m., join Diane Wells of MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Office of Broadband Development for a discussion of broadband mapping tools and their role in depicting broadband service across Minnesota, and Glenn Fishbine of Geospatial Engineering and Optimizing on GIS capabilities for broadband planning. Free, but …

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