Initiative provides accessible, unbiased, reliable data about Minnesota and trends in many relevant topics

    The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) and Minnesota Compass invite the public to listening sessions to learn about information Minnesota Compass provides for the Northwest Region. At these sessions Minnesota Compass will ask attendees for feedback to help improve how they provide data to your community.


    Bemidji: Tuesday Sep. 5, 9-11 a.m.


    Crookston: Wednesday Sep. 6, 9-11 a.m. in UMC’s Bede Ballroom

    Minnesota Compass provides accessible, unbiased, reliable data about Minnesota and trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, and public safety throughout the state. The goal is to provide data and information for Minnesotans to identify, understand, and act on issues that affect our communities.

    Local Minnesota communities—school boards, city and county planners, community health boards, non-profits, social service agencies, health care organizations, and philanthropy—use Minnesota Compass data to guide their work.
According to NMF’s Program Officer for Community Development, Nate Dorr, Minnesota Compass saves time and energy by mining data from cumbersome public data sources and displaying information in an easy-to-use website.  Dorr said, “They also provide context in an unbiased way that gives the user a better understanding of critical issues facing our communities.”

    Minnesota Compass is working on providing Greater Minnesota communities with more data and in an interactive format. They recently launched tools that allow web visitors to build and draw customized data profiles for areas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities and Duluth. They are working to expand the tools to all of Minnesota.

    To make these tools as useful as possible, Minnesota Compass is seeking ideas and expertise across the state for how to best develop these data tools for Greater Minnesota. At the session, you can share key issues facing your region, what information you need to address those issues, and recommendations for designing data tools for your community.

    To register for either the Bemidji or Crookston listening session, visit and click on the “Events” link on the homepage.

    The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.