Minnesota is a great place to live, work and play, and repeatedly ends up on top ten lists for quality of life. What has made the state so great? The 10,000 lakes? Sure. Serving as the lutefisk capital of the United States? Maybe.

One thing is certain. Minnesota’s greatness is due to its communities, and the people that serve them.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, in partnership with The McKnight Foundation, is pleased to announce its first annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. The Unsung Hero Awards recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities, and yet have not been widely recognized in the past.

Two Minnesotans (one from the Twin Cities metro and one from greater Minnesota) will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state and will be publicly celebrated at MCN’s 2014 Annual Conference.

Nominations are currently being accepted with an application deadline of April 20, 2015. Nominate today » Eligibility and criteria details are also available online. For questions about the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards, please contact 651-642-1904 or

We are going to post time-sensitive items between newsletter as time-sensitivity dictates…

ECRAC is offering 10 free early bird registrations, a $100 value each, to the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit on this year’s theme “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places” at the University of Minnesota, in Morris, from June 2-4. 

Early bird registration for this offer is open until April 10. These registrations will fill quickly so respond to this email now. You must live in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine County to be eligible. Travel costs such as lodging and mileage will also be available for scholarship recipients. 

Here is what you need to do. Respond to this email,  by clicking here. Put “FREE ECRAC Registration” in the subject line and give us your name, email, phone number and address. If chosen you will be given further directions on how to register on the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit website.  

More information about the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit may be viewed by clicking here:


We wanted to share this asap…

Job Opening in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Rural Health Planner, $50,112-$73,853 annually

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health is seeking a Rural Health Planner. This position is the section and department expert on current and emerging rural health policy issues and analysis. Working with the Governor-appointed Rural Health Advisory Committee, the position leads these policy advisors in the identification of high-priority, wide-ranging rural health policy issues, and establishes goals and work plans for improving health status and health system performance in rural Minnesota.

Please forward this posting to anyone who might be interested.

Find details and apply here:

Head up anyone in a Bremer area … Bremer Emergency Fund Call for Proposals for grants to enable organizations to provide emergency financial assistance for families and individuals living in Bremer communities.

Complete proposals must be received by:
December 15, 2008.

Organizations eligible for awards up to $2,000!

The Minnesota Community Broadband Awards recognize communities that have successfully implemented strategies that improve the deployment and use of broadband. Awards will be announced at the Connected Communities: Making the Net Work for Minnesota conference in Eden Prairie.

Award Categories

  • Broadband Infrastructure and Services; recognizing the provision of high speed broadband capacity and services to a community, area or region.
  • Broadband Market and Application Development; recognizing efforts to stimulate community demand for broadband services and/or to deploy advanced broadband applications in business, education, government and healthcare.

Applying is easy!

Go to and complete the four question application.

For more information
Denise Pfeifer,, 507.828.5559

The Minnesota Community Broadband Awards is a project of the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative