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CRPD welcomes new board members

by Julie Tesch, President At the heart of the Center for Rural Policy & Development are our staff and board of directors.  While we the staff do the research, our board members are also vital to the success of this organization. CRPD’s board is made up of thirteen members appointed by the Governor, one each ...
Are county fairs a thing of the past? Ferris wheel.

Are county fairs still relevant?

By Julie Tesch, President The weather is hot and steamy in Minnesota, so that must mean it’s county fair time. Growing up, the county fair was my favorite place on earth. It was the place where I got to see my friends, who I hadn’t seen since school let out, ride some rides at the ...

And the survey says…

By Marnie Werner, Vice President, Research & Operations The beating heart of what we do here at the Center for Rural Policy and Development is our research—research pure and simple on policy issues that matter to rural Minnesota. It’s the beginning of the fiscal year for us, which means a new start to not just ...

Associated Press: Latest Bankers Survey Indicates Shrinking Rural Economy

EXCERPT: “The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies. The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic ...

WCCO-TV: FCC Pledges $28.5M To Expand Broadband In Rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday it will provide $28.5 million in broadband funding to rural households in Minnesota. The FCC says the money will benefit more than 8,000 homes and businesses in Minnesota that are currently unserved. The funding, which providers will begin receiving in late August, will be distributed over the next 10 ...