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Why the count counts: Redistricting and representation in rural Minnesota

  By Marnie Werner, Vice President, Research, & Jordon Barthel, Research Intern After months of back-and-forth wrangling among different groups and interests the 2020 Census count finally came to an end last week. That little postcard that came in the mail inviting you to fill out the Census online may have seemed forgettable, just one ...

Ep 10: CRPD Research – Volunteer Drivers

On today’s episode, we stay in-house to discuss our most recent research brief. Julie talks with our research intern Whitney Oachs and Director of Research Marnie Werner about volunteer drivers,  a little-known but essential program in rural Minnesota that helps the elderly and handicapped stay in their homes. We’ll discuss who these volunteer drivers are, ...

Center’s past research now available online!

October 2020 By Whitney Oachs, Research Intern When CRPD updated its website in 2010, many of our old research reports were not included on the new site. That has now changed. With over twenty years of research available on our website, we are more ready than ever to answer your questions regarding Greater Minnesota. In ...

Wages can go further in Greater Minnesota – video summary

  The common dialogue among employers and potential employees in Rural Minnesota goes like this; “Yeah, but the wages are so low”….”True, but the cost of living is so low”. This video summarizes our report that analyzes this debate and found that, yes, the lower wages found in Rural Minnesota can go further in meeting ...

Ep 9: David Unmacht – League of Minnesota Cities

In this episode, we’ll be talking with Dave Unmacht, the executive director of the League of Minnesota Cities.  He’ll be sharing his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s small towns, how uncertainty will be the defining characteristic of the next five years, and why getting involved in local government may just be the ...

Welcome, New Board Officers!

By Julie Tesch, CEO and President As we enter the autumn season, I am happy to announce that the Center for Rural Policy & Development recently elected new officers to their board.  The officers of CRPD play a vital role in helping set the direction of the organization while also supporting our non-partisan research. Our ...

Transit for healthcare: Volunteer drivers in aging rural Minnesota

  September 2020 By Whitney Oachs, Research Intern For a printable version of this report, click here. Across the state, an army of younger senior citizens use their own private vehicles to serve as volunteer drivers, providing an essential service to the elderly and disabled in rural communities where public transit can be sporadic or ...

Ep 8: Amanda Koonjbeharry – Citizens League

We wanted to get to know more about the Citizens League, a Twin Cities nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that has led discussions and developed solutions to policy questions in areas like transportation, education, and infrastructure for more than sixty years. Now they would like to expand their volunteer-based model for solving problems into rural Minnesota, too, ...