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Minnesota Rural Summit, 2007

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Recently, I attended the MN Rural Summit held this year in Brainerd, May 10-11. There were about 200 in attendance to hear talks on improving community involvement in creating public spaces on interest, the digital divide and how to close in on that gap, and health care and education trends for the future. Unfortunately, the Rural Summit will be taking a break while organizer, Jane Leonard, focuses her efforts as Chair for the 2008 Minnesota Sesquicentennial that will be held next May. In the photo above, MN Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, and Dr. Reatha Clark King, Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission (holding the banner) and Jane Leonard hand over the "Official" Sesquicentennial banner and a book to Mary Ann Van Cura, Coordinator of Library Development and Continuing Education at Minnesota State Library Services. The banner and book will make its way to public libraries throughout the state over the course of the year in celebration of the upcoming state sesquicentennial. People will be encouraged to write their stories in the book to be shared as part of the celebration. Look for the banner and book at a library near you!

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