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Facebook photo contest

Community Vitality recently conducted a photo contest to collect pictures of Minnesota's special community places. Ana Voorhees won the Extension Staff award. She submitted this photo of pond hockey at a farm in Austin, Minnesota. Congrats Ana! View larger.

Second Homeowners bring benefits to communities

Results of a household survey of second homeowners in eight counties in central and west central Minnesota. Read the Report (PDF) and Watch the video (6:06).

Community features

Articles from the Center for Community Vitality's Vital Connections newsletter.

Getting to know Greater Minnesota

It's not your grandparents' Greater Minnesota anymore. More

To lead well, know yourself

In community leadership, having a good sense of self can help you relate well to others, so spend some time looking inward. More

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