Native Foods Conference

The Third Annual Native American Nutrition Conference took place between October 2nd-5th at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute. Every year, hundreds of people gather at this ever growing conference; this year, six hundred people attended. Thanks to the […]

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Students Visit Fond du Lac Indian Reservation to Learn About Food Sovereignty

by Abbey Dickhudt Over July 24th and 25th faculty, staff, and students with interests in organic gardening and Native food sovereignty  visited the Fond du Lac Reservation under the Institute for Advanced Studies grant looking into Indigenous Food Sovereignty. In planning the trip, the group worked with past faculty and members of the community to […]

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Looking Into Minnesota’s Future

On April 18th, the Center for Small Towns hosted an event with Susan Brower, the head Demographer with the state of Minnesota. The event, entitled “Greater Minnesota’s Demographic Future: Trends Among Youth and Young Adults”, explored rural Minnesota’s shifting demographics and the implications of these shifts on the labor market and community engagement. As rural populations shrink and average ages rise, attracting new residents will become vital for the future of many small towns across Minnesota and throughout the country.

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Reflections on the Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America

by Collin Westgard On February 21st, 2018, the Center hosted “The Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America”, a panel discussion featuring Benjamin Winchester and Catie Rasmussen, both with the Center for Community Vitality at University of Minnesota extension,  as well as Becky Adams,  Recruitment Coordinator for the Blandin Foundation Leadership Program. The […]

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