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Vital Connections On Air

Jul 11, 2019

Entrepreneurship is not a new concept, but it’s a piece of economic development that is often overlooked.  In this episode, Don Macke and Pam Bishop describe how the Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities Framework is being used with six southern Minnesota communities involved in the Rural Entrepreneurial...


Apr 4, 2019

Bringing your community together for conversations can be an intimidating task.  DeAnn Loll and Shana Klindt, members of the community of Campbell, share their experience leading four conversations in their community.  Hear how they led their community through a series of conversations that led to big change; both in...


Nov 15, 2018

People are looking for ways to come together.  Many times, one of the best ways to get people together and talking is around an issue or idea to better a community.  Jody Horntvedt, leadership and civic engagement educator for University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality joins us to talk about...


Oct 18, 2018

Involved citizens are not always those that are running for office; sometimes they are hunting out invasive weeds.  That is the case for Dana Boyle, Stephanie Wong, and John Woodworth who have used their common bond of caring about the Tamarack Nature Preserve.  Hear their story of engaging public entities and other...


Oct 4, 2018

Civic engagement is a phrase that we hear from time to time, but what does it really mean?  Lisa Hinz and Beth Kallestad, Extension educators with University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality discuss the meaning of civic engagement, best practices in working with others, and resources to help you...