Minnesota Idea Open names finalists

For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Community Foundation has solicited entries from the public for solving a big issue facing the state. This year’s contest focuses on water. More than 100 ideas for improving water quality were submitted and now the foundation has narrowed them to three finalists.

They include a proposal to enlist older farmers to mentor younger farmers in matters of water conservation, another to educate the public about water issues through artistic performances, and a third to expand a canoe and kayak library where the community can borrow boats.

It’s up to the public to vote for the winner, who will receive a $15,000 prize. You have until September 5 to pick your favorite online or in person at the Idea Open’s booth at the state fair.

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