Applicants from Blooming Prairie, Ellendale and Medford are still being sought for the Blandin Community Leadership Program. Since 1985, the Blandin Community Leadership Program has provided leadership training to more than 7,000 rural community leaders in Minnesota.

People who are actively involved in community life, credible and open-minded, open to risk-taking, passionate about their community's future and willing to work collaboratively to promote a healthy community are encouraged to apply.

Training will consist of a retreat week Oct. 19-23 at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minn. This will be followed by one-day workshops in participants' home communities in December, February and April.

The application deadline is Aug. 17. The link below provides more information and an application. There is no charge to take part in this endeavor.