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Neal Cuthbert
Neal Cuthbert
Neal Cuthbert is former Vice President of Programs at The McKnight Foundation. He retired at the end of 2016.

Still Thriving: The Changing Face of Southwest and South Central Minnesota

  Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned “Still Thriving: The Changing Face of Southwest and South Central Minnesota,” an essay by Jay Walljasper exploring opportunities and challenges in Albert Lea, Morris, and other small communities in the southern half of Minnesota. The regional treatment center in Willmar was shuttered more than a […]

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Living our Values by Listening to our Grantees

  In our Strategic Framework, we outline four key values at The McKnight Foundation: Accountability, Innovation, Integrity, and Respect. We take these values seriously, and do our best to intentionally incorporate each of them into our grantmaking and other business. When we say respect, we mean that we listen to diverse perspectives; we approach relationships […]

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North by Northwest: Rural Resilience in Northwest and North Central Minnesota

  Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned “North by Northwest: Rural Resilience in Northwest and North Central Minnesota,” an essay by Jay Walljasper exploring opportunities and challenges in Brainerd, Fegus Falls, and other communities in the northwest corner of Minnesota.   We’ve all heard the following claims about small-town Minnesota: Rural […]

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Northeast Minnesota: New Possibilities in the North Country

  Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned Northeast Minnesota: New Possibilities in the North Country, an essay by Jay Walljasper exploring opportunities and challenges in communities north of the metro area and east of Brainerd and Bemidji. Jay Walljasper’s “Northeast Minnesota: New Possibilities in the North Country” was commissioned by The McKnight […]

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Neal Cuthbert: Reimagining Southeast Minnesota

Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned Small Towns, Big Ideas: Reimagining Southeast Minnesota, an essay by Jay Walljasper that explores innovative examples of economic resilience in Southeast Minnesota that could serve as models for the entire Midwest. Jay Walljasper’s Small Towns, Big Ideas: Reimagining Southeast Minnesota was commissioned by The […]

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