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Our website is the gateway to all of the Center’s research, publications, the Atlas of Minnesota Online, Rural Minnesota Radio, and the Rural Minnesota Journal. For more information on the Center, check out our Contact page. We welcome your questions and comments.
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The State of Rural Minnesota
The State of Rural Minnesota is a report updated annually by the Center. To learn more, click here.
Rural Reality: Tourism
Our newest Rural Reality infographic is on our web site. We take a look at tourism in Greater Minnesota from an economic impact standpoint and from the community development side of things. We also present a few examples of towns around the state doing big things.
Two new reports: Immigrant farmers and shared services
Two new studies are available on our web site: The Continuing Education Needs of Immigrant Farmers, examining what the state’s newest farmers want and need in continuing education, and Identifying Best Practices for Collaboration, a look at shared services projects around the state and makes them work — or not work. Click here to learn more.
Rural Minnesota Journal, summer issue
This summer, the Rural Minnesota Journal looks at the unique and often confusing nature of Indian land ownership. In one article, we look at how the Leech Lake Band and Cass County were able to settle differences when it came to buying land and putting it in trust. The other article traces the path of the Mille Lacs Band law suit of the the 1990s that set a national precedent for determining Native American property rights.
The State of Water
This major article takes a look at the complex relationship between rural communities and one of our state’s most precious resources—water. Click here for the full article and infographic.
Who Owns Rural Minnesota?
The Rural Minnesota Journal 2014 is all online now. Throughout the year we’ll be addressing the question “Who owns rural Minnesota?” The first quarter’s issue is here, addressing the topics of mineral rights and forestry.
Check out Rural MN Radio on our blog site, ruralrealitymn.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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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 that found 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.
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