NEWS BRIEFS: Feb. 10, 2024 – Park Rapids Enterprise

Simon to discuss elections on ‘Silly Question Saturday’

Majority in the Middle will host “Silly Question Saturday: All About Elections” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, via Zoom.

In this second event in the “Silly Question Saturday” series, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will join the conversation, inviting Minnesotans to ask questions about elections, no matter how silly they may seem.

Majority in the Middle is a non-partisan organization dedicated to making politics a little more civil and a little less partisan. “Silly Question Saturday” events are intended to demystify and make government more accessible.

The event is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, go to



Grants open to promote inclusive, welcoming communities

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) is accepting grant applications to promote equity-focused welcoming and inclusion initiatives, leading to more welcoming communities in the region.

Grants may fund cultural diversity education and awareness initiatives, trainings, community events, collaborative work, technical assistance, travel or other efforts that advance welcoming communities, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Efforts should focus on improving the inclusion of newcomers and/or underrepresented community members. Initiatives should result in a stronger culture and policy environment where all residents feel empowered to work with each other to strengthen the social, civic and economic fabric.

Eligible applicants are nonprofits, government and public organizations located within the Red Lake and White Earth nations and the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake Falls and Roseau.

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

For details, visit the grants page at


, or go directly to the pre-application at



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