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News Release: MN North College receives $3 million Blandin Foundation grant to build the region’s workforce skills, resources and capacity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MINNESEOTA NORTH COLLEGE RECEIVES $3M BLANDIN FOUNDATION GRANT TO TRANSFORM NE MINN BY BUILDING REGIONAL SKILLS, RESOURCES AND CAPACITY AspireNORTH takes aim at the region’s labor challenges with student-centered programs, a holistic approach and improved access for underserved students and workers GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2023) –  Minnesota North College (Minnesota …

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News Clip: Broadband Grant awarded to Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was one of two Tribes to receive a Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to bring high-speed internet to more than 4,300 homes on the Leech Lake Reservation. Read more here

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Watch: Grand Marais featured on Crafts in America

PBS’s Crafts in America focuses on the ways woodcrafts enrich and support the economy and social fabric of Grand Marais, and keep wealth in the community. Catch it December 16 on your local PBS station. “The new roles Hedstrom Lumber plays in this community include providing economic diversity to the area to counterbalance the strong …

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News Clip: Broadband rolls farther into the Iron Range

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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ReVive Virginia receives $20,000 Blandin grant

As part of Round 1 Rural Leadership Boost Grant awards, ReVive Virginia will “create a series of events as a means to restore community cohesion negatively affected by the pandemic and promote a sense of community for those who may feel disconnected by working remotely or those who chose to leave the workplace.” Read the …

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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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