The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has selected 20 individuals from the region to attend the Bush Foundation’s BushCONNECT conference on October 1, 2018 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

    Two Crookston residents are among the 20 chosen, Amanda Lien and Shawn Rezac.

    This premier event is targeted at community-minded leaders across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

    Also known as “bushCON,” the event provides a unique space to build stronger connections, equip leaders with perspectives and tools, and inspire community builders. The event includes a bus tour, welcome reception, keynote speakers, and breakout sessions.

    The following individuals will be attending the event:

    Dan McKeon, Evergreen Youth and Family Services, Bemidji

    Brenda Baumann, Warroad Community Partners, Warroad

    Amanda Lien, Crookston

    Sean Ranum, Northwest Regional Development Commission, Warren

    Tim Lutz, Kelliher Schools, Kelliher

    Andrea Kingbird, Northwoods Battered Women Shelter, Bemidji

    Jordan May, Red Lake Homeless Shelter, Red Lake

    Emily Finney, Innovation Hub, Halstad

    Ashley Larson, DEKKO Center, Ada

    Becky Kofoed, Digikey, Thief River Falls

    Shawn Rezac, Wonderful Life Foods, Crookston

    Tuleah Palmer, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji

    Malissia Jones, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji

    Corey Christianson, KC Country Market, Badger

    Ketsarin Sriyota, KC Country Market, Badger

    Karen DeVos, Little Learners Childcare, Ada

    Alysa Tulibaski, Argyle Community Fund, Argyle

    Ashley Johnson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation/Northwest Technical College Foundation, Bemidji

    Nate Dorr, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Bemidji

    Karen White, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Bemidji

    The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. They encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by Bush’s desire to build community and encourage innovation, the Foundation has invested nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.

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