Year: 2019

KEYC-TV: Job growth spurs housing demand in Windom

EXCERPT: “Recent job growth has led to a surge in demand for housing in Windom. Now, The Windom City Council is addressing housing needs. Right now, local companies in the city are hiring hundreds of positions, but the issue has been around for a few years. City officials say that a housing study conducted back ...

KBJR-TV: MN ranks 48th in nation for fire department funding

EXCERPT: “A recent study from the the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence has ranked Minnesota at 48th in the nation for fire department funding. The average state spends $420 per household, Minnesota spends less than half. Rice Lake Fire chief Mark Niemi says this isn’t a surprise. ‘Disappointed, very disheartened. It hasn’t been a secret for the ...

West Central Tribune: DNR to map Kandiyohi County’s aggregate resources

EXCERPT: “Thousands of years ago, the vast majority of Minnesota was covered in ice. Glaciers from the north had crept down during the last ice age. When those glaciers melted about 10,000 years ago, they left behind a valuable resource that is used nearly every day in the modern age. ‘Where there is meltwater from ...

KDAL-Radio: Signed Snowplow Blade Works The North Shore

EXCERPT: “One of the MnDOT snowplow blades that were signed during the Minnesota State Fair is now being used to clear roads along the North Shore of Lake Superior. There were five plow blades that were signed by thousands of people at the fair last summer. Two were kept in the Twin Cities area and three ...

Rochester Post Bulletin: Where does rural Minnesota get its groceries?

EXCERPT: “When it comes to feeding her family of five, Stephanie Pocklington leans heavily on Island Market in Pine Island. ‘Cereals, pizzas, beverages, snacks,’ Pocklington said. ‘Generally things we’ll cook for dinner, like pastas and sauces’ are purchased at the lone full-service grocer in the town of roughly 3,400 people. Not that Island Market is ...

Forum News Service: Time for rural Minnesota to ‘own’ its narrative

EXCERPT: “It’s time to write our own rural narrative, according to Neil Linscheid, a University of Minnesota Extension educator and 2017 Bush Fellow. While people in the media and academics love to write about rural decline and sleepy towns, the facts don’t support that narrative, according to Linscheid. He told members of the Yellowstone Trail Alliance ...

Why do I live here?

By Marnie Werner, Vice President, Research & Operations (Note: The links in this post are not affiliate links. No one at the Center makes any money if you click on them.) When I saw it was my turn to write the blog post this week and that the assignment was “Why do I live here?” ...