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NYT: Hey, College Graduates: Don’t Dismiss Rural America

And in related news, this from The New York Times… EXCERPT: “When I talk to undergraduate students about their postgraduate plans … the answer inevitably reveals a common assumption: Big cities are where highly educated people must go to succeed economically and socially….But these preconceptions are not only incorrect, they are also unduly limiting the ...
Changing the narrative on careers

Finding work or finding workers? Part 4

Changing the story on careers in rural Minnesota For decades, the narrative speaking to rural high school students has been that to succeed, they must leave. But what if we could do something about that? August 2019 By Kelly Asche, Research Associate For a printable version, click here.   As the demand for workers increases ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

Worthington Globe: Minnesota representatives visit southwest Minnesota to eye projects seeking bonding

EXCERPT: “Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Capital Investment Committee visited southwest Minnesota this week to learn more about Worthington’s Welcome, Education, Library and Livability (W.E.L.L.) proposal, Windom’s storm sewer project and Red Rock Rural Water System’s pipeline expansion plan, as all of the entities seek state bonding money. Local officials led tours of ...

National Farm Medicine Center: Rural firefighters promote farm safety through national program

EXCERPT: “Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide. The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas. ‘This project is based ...
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Two cities, one creative idea to help with child care

By Marnie Werner, VP Research Over the last few years, I’ve been digging a lot into the child care shortage and the difficulties it’s causing for parents of young children around rural Minnesota. One problem in particular for working parents with children in both daycare and preschool is getting their kids from one place to ...
River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

Mankato Free Press: River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

EXCERPT: “As the ninth annual Mankato River Ramble came to a close Sunday afternoon, it was evident the Greater Mankato Area is on the radar for cyclists not just from Mankato, but also the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and even neighboring states. Mankato is one of nearly 30 cities in Minnesota classified as “bike friendly” by ...