Archive for the ‘Minnesota Initiative Foundations’ Category

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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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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Neal Cuthbert: Minnesota's "best kept secret," revealed

Community, business, and civic leader (and much beloved, former board member at McKnight) Dick McFarland, is fond of saying “you know, the MIFs are the best kept secret in Minnesota!” But as I”ve told Dick for years, if the “MIFs” — or Minnesota Initiative Foundations — are still a secret after more than a quarter-century […]

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