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Northern Community Radio receives Dot.Org award

Northern Community Radio has won the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' 2011 Dot.Org Creating Community Connections Award.

The award was given for creation of the network of 17 community sites that are part of Northern Community Internet, including Bemidji Community Internet.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits annually present the Dot.Org Awards, recognizing nonprofits that are using technology and communications in inspiring, effective and creative ways. The Dot.Org awards are given to leaders in innovative uses of technology and organizations that are pioneering new approaches in communications.

Northern Community Internet is a three-year-old network of community sites in rural Northern Minnesota that bring together Internet content by, for or about each community. In addition to local news, and photos and blogs created in the local community, each site has a community calendar, free classifieds, free advertising for local businesses and a search of all locally created Internet content. Several sites also include links to local e-democracy discussion forums.

Northern Community Radio created the Northern Community Internet sites as part of its mission to build community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media. The organization created the first rural, community-licensed public radio station of its type, 91.7 KAXE, in Grand Rapids Minnesota more than 30 years ago. It is currently building its second station, 90.5 KBXE, to serve the region around Bagley and Bemidji.

The 2011 Dot.Org Awards were presented at MCN and MAP for Nonprofit's upcoming Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference, "eStrategy in an iWorld, held Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

At the conference, online Minnesota nonprofit innovators were honored for their cutting-edge approaches to utilizing new technologies and communications in their organizations.