As the invasive emerald ash borer threatens and kills ash trees across Minnesota, finding sustainable uses for wood from these trees can be difficult. A creative parklet project in downtown Rochester is showing how communities can think outside the box to repurpose ash wood and address this challenge.
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How can community members across Greater Minnesota work collectively to ensure their towns are welcoming to all residents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, language or other characteristics? The new Creating a Welcoming Community toolkit shares ways to meaningfully and inclusively engage with immigrants, refugees and Black, Indigenous and people of color, so that all feel welcome.
How is COVID-19 impacting tribal communities? Listen as we speak with tribal leader Beth Drost as she talks about the pandemic and her leadership journey.
Housing is a basic need that all Minnesotans share and is essential to creating resilient communities. Meeting that need, however, can be a complex challenge. A new community-university project seeks to design resilient and affordable housing solutions that embrace Minnesota’s ecological, economic and cultural diversity.
An interactive resource guide published this summer from The Department of Public Transformation and partners showcases an artist-led approach that uses deep community engagement to reimagine vacant spaces in small towns and rural areas, drawing on a case study of The YES! House, in Granite Falls.