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Roads Less Traveled
Several trends are converging that could put rural Minnesota at the end of the line when it comes to transportation funding. Read our new report and the accompanying infographic on how the gas tax, political influence, and federal policy are creating a climate that threatens the quality of rural highways and why it is a big deal.
The Rural Reality: Manufacturing
The future for Greater Minnesota’s manufacturers looks bright, with better wages and a better economy. There’s one possible bump in the road, however, and that’s competition for skilled workers from the Twin Cities and other states.
State of Rural Minnesota
The Center is releasing its 2013 edition of the State of Rural Minnesota presentation. The collection of maps, tables and graphs illustrate how Minnesota differs from corner to corner and county by county.
Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota
Rural Minnesota is losing its voice. That’s the conclusion of “Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota,” a study where researchers talked to 50 prominent Minnesota decision makers and surveyed 120+ more. Due to a combination of reasons, the state’s rural population is becoming increasingly left out and left behind on the discussions that affect our everyday lives. Click here to view the entire report.
Rural Minn Journal 2012
The 2012 edition of the Rural Minnesota Journal is online. This year’s theme is “Who Lives in Rural Minnesota: A Region in Transition.” The articles cover how the population of region is changing and how those changes are affecting how we do things, from volunteering to community leadership to job skills. Click here to go to the RMJ 2012 page.
Check out Rural MN Radio on our blog site, ruralreality.org.
We’re posting our new radio shows and Center news and notes there. You can still find our older shows and all our research here on our web site, including the Rural Minnesota Journal.
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