Local-Option Sales Tax: A long-term solution to county transportation funding needs?

Back in 2013, the Center released a report and fact sheet on the future of highway funding for Greater Minnesota, Roads Less Traveled: How emerging issues are creating hazards for rural highway funding.[1] The report and its accompanying fact sheet, Rough Roads Ahead, discussed how policy changes and our own driving habits are shaping the ...
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Mental health services in Greater Minnesota

Limited resources are putting growing pressure on rural communities May 2017 By Marnie Werner, Research Director The mobile crisis and outreach teams of the Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Brainerd are busy. In 2016, they made 1,200 calls in the counties they cover—Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena—and most of those calls ...

Childcare collaboration in Franklin “should be a model”

EXCERPT: From the New Ulm Journal — Minnesota’s Human Services Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel visited a new childcare center in Franklin to celebrate a success that he’s like to see repeated around the state. Koppel visited the 6-month-old Cougar Cub Child Care Center to emphasize the challenges facing childcare, particularly in greater Minnesota. Read the ...

From Too Much to Too Little: How the central U.S. drought of 2012 evolved out of one of the most devastating floods on record in 2011

Minnesota State Climatologist Greg Spoden writes about the 2012 drought’s lasting impact on the state in a report issued by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. EXCERPT: “Minnesota is facing increased pressure on its water resources. This pressure is accentuated during drought. Minnesotans used a record amount of water in 2012. Even in a water-rich state ...

New Ulm Journal: New Ulm summer lunch program victim of regulations

EXCERPT: “New Ulm—By now, most affected people know ISD 88 is not serving free lunch for kids this summer. Details as to why, however, may still be foggy for most…. “‘We are not area-eligible anymore,” Director of Dining Services Teri Jespersen said during the District 88 May study session. “We kind of really never have ...

WNAX Radio: Ag Group Says Conservation Funding Should Be Top Farm Bill Priority

EXCERPT: “Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says as lawmakers craft the new farm bill the funding priorities should be crop insurance number one followed by snap and the third being conservation. Minnesota Land Stewardship Project’s Policy Program Organizer Ben Anderson says conservation should be the top priority and crop insurance needs refining” INTERVIEW: http://bit.ly/2tyia0i ...

Bloomberg: Trump’s Rural Broadband Goal Won’t Be Easy, and It’ll Be Costly

EXCERPT: “President Donald Trump has promised to expand broadband service to rural areas as part of his $1 trillion nationwide infrastructure plan. That may be easier said than done. It would take an estimated $80 billion to extend broadband to all U.S. areas that lack it, but the White House has initially proposed spending just $25 billion over ...