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‘Thriving by Design’ meeting to be held in Marshall

MARSHALL — A local agency is coordinating a community conversation in which the ultimate goal is legislative change.

“Thriving by Design” is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshall-Lyon County Library in Marshall. It’s a local meeting in a series of meetings taking place throughout Minnesota coordinated by Growth & Justice and OneMN.org. The Marshall meeting is co-hosted by the Karen Organization of Minnesota — Marshall Office. No registration is necessary.

Ron Skjong, program manager for Karen Organization of Minnesota, Marshall, is coordinating the meeting in Marshall. He has asked representatives to attend from the city, county, United Way of Southwest Minnesota, Marshall High School, Southwest Minnesota Health and Human Services, financial institutions, the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall Area YMCA as well as the Marshall Area Peace Seekers.

Skjong would like a “a number of different voices from around the community to share concerns” and ideas.

“I want people to talk,” Skjong said. “Teenagers to seniors, minority communities. This is a major initiative, so let’s sit down and talk.”

The participants will break down in groups and have “tabletop conversations,” Skjong said. “A chairperson of the table will write the ideas down and present them.”

Representatives from Growth & Justice and OneMN.org will then take that information from the Marshall meeting and add it to their statewide meeting data and “see what the common elements are and approach the Legislature with it.”

Skjong said he is sure there will be “a commonality in our concerns. There will be a common thread to weave together for a presentation of some kind of action to address the issues.”

According to growthandjustice.org, “Thriving by Design — Rural & Urban Together” is a ” statewide gathering of Minnesota residents to begin and follow-through on a six-month process to create a comprehensive policy agenda and socioeconomic contract — the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint — for achieving rural-urban and racial economic equity and inclusive growth.”

For questions, email Skjong at rskjong@ mnkaren.or or 507-401-6000.

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