Almanac: Greater Minnesota housing crunch

EXCERPT: “While St. Cloud is looking to help people without homes find a permanent place to live, many businesses in greater Minnesota are having difficulty hiring employees because they can’t find adequate housing. But few developers are willing to build in areas with low population density. Kaomi Lee found one west central builder trying to help, one duplex at a time. ‘We do open concepts. Just make it feel bigger, you know? So we have the kitchen, dining room, living room, all kind of within one, maximizes space.’ Sauk Centre builder Cody Nelson walks me through a three-bedroom, two bath apartment. It’s part of a four duplex housing development, in Cyrus, a town of 300 people near Morris. ‘Typically we have a retired couple in here and/or a widower.’ Nelson specializes in one level homes that are accessible by wheelchair.” FULL STORY: