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Meeting Spaces

A welcoming and safe place for our partners to build vibrant rural communities.

Meeting Spaces Closed

To minimize public health risks and impacts of COVID-19, we have closed our building to visitors. We will update this page when our meetings rooms are available again.

Our staff is working remotely, and can be reached by phone or email.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Our meeting spaces are one way we put two core values — Inclusion is Vital, and Relationships Matter — into action.

The rooms carry 2 names: one in English, one in Ojibwemowin, the Anishinaabe language. This is an opportunity for the Foundation to share with all its partners a small piece of the culture that prospered in the Itasca area long before Charles Blandin, and continues to thrive here. You may click on the Ojibwe name to hear it spoken by Blandin Foundation trustee emeritus Brian McInnes.

Stender Maawanji’idiiwigamig
(Pronounced: Mawunji’idee-wigumig)
To meet together. Name also honors trustee emeritus Bruce Stender


  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Recent grantees, nonprofits, philanthropies and government entities can book our community meeting room.
  • Reservations required. Contact Melissa Johnson, below.

Stender Community Room can accommodate up to 80 people, with flexible table and seating arrangements. The room has a full suite of technical equipment: wireless internet access, large-screen monitor with laptop hook-up, DVD player and speakers, and conference phone. Coffee is provided. Other food and beverages are the responsibility of the group hosting the meeting (no alcoholic beverages allowed).

Users are responsible for room set-up, basic clean-up and making arrangements for food or beverages.

We allow limited burning of ceremonial tobacco/smudging. Please let our hospitality staff know if you plan to have this as part of your meeting at least 2 days before the meeting.

(Pronounced: Odawkay-wigumig)
To direct affairs


  • Available weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Reservations required. Contact Melissa Johnson, below.

Groups may also book our board room. It accommodates groups of 25 or less, with tables and seating arrangements and technical equipment.

Users are responsible for room set-up, basic clean-up and making arrangements for food or beverages.

Contact Us

For questions or to check room availability, contact Melissa Johnson at 218-326-0523.

Missy Johnson May 2016-crop

Melissa Johnson

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Send an Email

Direct: 218-327-8701

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