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Leaders and community members must act responsibly – and act together – to create communities that thrive. Extension's civic engagement programs are informed by research, and help communities through consultation, educational cohorts and social capital assessments. Our goal is to help leaders, groups and community members engage in productive dialogue and grow the social connections within communities.

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Perspectives on Civic Engagement - Donna Rasumussen

Perspectives on Civic Engagement

Donna Rasmussen, Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District, discusses how citizen-led conversations brought about a plan to improve the water quality of the Root River.

Don't overlook Second Homeowners

Extension's recent study of second homeowners show that they could play a larger role in the communities of their second home in the future.

'We the people' - Making it real

We the people - Making it real

Minnesota's voter turnout is impressive - almost 19 percent higher than the rest of the nation's over the past decade. But, is voting all it takes to sustain a thriving democracy? More

How do we plan for an effective meeting?

Meeting planning

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