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Blandin Foundation trustees check in with Itasca residents, choose new board leader Image

Blandin Foundation trustees check in with Itasca residents, choose new board leader

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09.15.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – At their September quarterly meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees made key decisions related to grants, board governance and finance. As it was their extended fall meeting, trustees also took extra time to dive deep into the past, present and future of the communities of the Itasca area. Grantmaking Trustees ratified education grants to 375 local students who…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

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08.24.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced recently that it has awarded 30 grants totaling $314,513 to assist rural Minnesota leaders as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. Projects funded will strengthen existing broadband work happening in communities designated as Blandin Broadband Communities (2014-2016) or Minnesota Intelligent Rural Commu…

Blandin Foundation names three new trustees

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06.23.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – At their June 23 meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees selected three distinguished Itasca County area community leaders to join the Foundation’s board of trustees. Dr. Mike Johnson, chairman of the Foundation’s board, announced that three Grand Rapids residents emerged from an intensive and open local search that yielded 40 applicants. Guy Clairmon…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

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05.18.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded 29 grants totaling $321,245 to support rural Minnesota communities as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. In a joint venture, Kandiyohi County and the City of Willmar will host a “hackfest,” bringing together technology enthusiasts and professionals to build strong…

Blandin Foundation awards $1.7 million in local grants Image

Blandin Foundation awards $1.7 million in local grants

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05.08.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation trustees approved 60 grants during their Spring meeting, including grants totaling $1,735,420 for a variety of initiatives under way in the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area. In support of the Reif Center’s $8.1 million expansion project, Blandin Foundation awarded an additional $1 million grant in addition to $1.5 million already c…

Foundation receives approval from Court following regular review, released from special master Image

Foundation receives approval from Court following regular review, released from special master

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05.05.2015

UPDATED 5.5.2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Ramsey County District Court approved on April 28, 2015, the petition of the Charles K. Blandin Residuary Trust for approval of its accounts, a transition in verification and reporting, and also reviewed the Blandin Foundation’s commitments to the Itasca County area for the years 2009 to 2011. Representatives from Blandin Foundation and…

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Blandin Foundation Education Grant deadline is May 1

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04.17.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (April 17, 2015) –Blandin Foundation’s applications for need-based education grants are now available and are being accepted until May 1. Up to $950,000 will be granted to Itasca County area students pursuing higher education during the 2015-2016 school year. The education grant program is the longest-running program of the Blandin Foundation, with the firs…

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Blandin Foundation and Trust to meet with Court

News Releases

04.03.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Representatives from Blandin Foundation and the Charles K. Blandin Residuary Trust head to St. Paul on April 21 to update the Ramsey County District Court and to consider a new way to report and verify that the Foundation is meeting its commitments to the communities of its local giving area (Itasca County, plus neighboring communities of Remer, Hill City, Black…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

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01.29.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded six grants totaling $113,900 to support rural Minnesota communities as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. Long Prairie will develop a business plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network, Project FINE out of Winona County will support refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs lookin…

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Education Grant applications available

News Releases

01.16.2015

Blandin Foundation education grants help put higher education within reach for area students For Immediate Release GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Applications for Blandin Foundation need-based education grants are now available for Itasca area students and are accepted until May 1. Up to $950,000 will be granted to Itasca County area students pursuing higher education during the 2015-2016 s…

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