Year: 2017

Mankato Free Press: Torkelson: Corridors of Commerce rules could be changed

EXCERPT: “House Transportation Committee Chairman Paul Torkelson has heard the recent criticism over new Corridors of Commerce standards and could consider future changes if the standards appear to take away needed funding from Greater Minnesota roads. Torkelson said last week he’s waiting for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to finish gathering public feedback before examining the new ...

Huffington Post: Census Funding Cuts Might Cost Rural America Billions

EXCERPT: “People living in rural areas, particularly in minority communities, are among those that could be most severely affected by underfunding and a lack of preparation for the 2020 Census, a new report highlights. Census officials have long had difficulty in counting Americans in rural areas, but the challenge could be exacerbated in 2020 by a ...

Center seeks new director

The Center for Rural Policy & Development is seeking a new CEO. The President & CEO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Rural Policy and Development. The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and objectives according to the strategic ...

Go MN: The map that shows rural Minnesota will suffer most from net neutrality repeal

EXCERPT: “Net neutrality rules have the support of 83 percent of Americans, but that didn’t stop the FCC from repealing them on Thursday. Pending a legal challenge, the open internet principles that state every website is treated equally will be gone. In return, more power will be given to internet service providers (ISPs) who could now potentially charge customers to use ...

New York Mills working on a solution to child care need

FROM MINNPOST: “In New York Mills, a town of 1,100 people that passes by quickly on U.S. Highway 10, public agencies are working with nonprofit organizations and a handful of employers to create a day care cooperative that will provide care for at least some children who need a place to go. A center planned ...

Modern Healthcare: Rural hospitals feel the squeeze as Medicare extender funding in flux

EXCERPT: “As Congress considers waiting until January to fund expired Medicare programs, the continued uncertainty already roils rural hospitals. The Medicare dependent hospital program and the low-volume adjustment are among the Medicare provisions that must be regularly renewed by Congress, but expired on Sept. 30, known as extenders. These are mandatory appropriations, but Congress has to ...

National Public Radio: How Dollar General Is Transforming Rural America

EXCERPT: “The retail economy in rural America has been rough for decades. But where thousands of stores have closed in recent years, Dollar General is thriving, sometimes at the expense of local shops. Dollar Generals are discount stores that sell goods from hand tools to hot dogs. They’re reshaping the retail landscape in small towns. ...