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Bush Foundation is coming to the Northland and wants to meet with you!

Investing in great ideas and the people who power them. That is what Bush Foundation has been doing in collaboration with organizations and leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography since 1953. Today, they are as committed as ever to carrying out the wishes of their founders — do […]



Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab explores rural culture, issues and more

In the aftermath of the election, rural America has been thrust into the spotlight of our national narrative. As leaders — national, state and local — look to strengthen American communities, many acknowledge that deeper learning and understanding between urban and rural people needs to occur before we can progress. News outlets have stepped in to […]



Story (re)tellers: Reservation leaders take a fresh look at self, community to boost resiliency

On a recent afternoon, about 65 people from reservation communities in northeast Minnesota came together to celebrate the commencement of the 25th cohort to complete the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program. In recognition of this milestone number, a drum was invited to join the celebration and honor the graduates. BRCLP is more than just a […]



Blandin leadership alum applies learning to community challenge

It’s great to see the ways alumni of our Blandin Community Leadership programs utilize their learned to tackle community opportunities and challenges. In a recent column, Dana Melius, a 1998 BCLP graduate from Sibley County, used a key principle from training to understand and talk about an issue in his community. “I’m not taking sides […]



Redwood area, Lower Sioux: Building cultural bridges to strengthen a divided community

“For generations in the Redwood area, two very distinct world views have existed in the people who call it home.” — Troy Krause, Redwood Falls Gazette Last month, residents of the Lower Sioux and Redwood area communities came together to talk, listen and plan for a brighter future — one where collaboration and mutual respect […]

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