Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

Twin Cities Business: Speedy Internet for All Minnesotans? Not Even the Most Ambitious Bill Will Make It Happen

EXCERPT: “While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county’s Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the area’s economy. Just miles from International Falls, where broadband access has attracted a significant data ...

DL-Online: Medical marijuana proves difficult to get, particularly in rural areas

EXCERPT: “Marijuana is slowly creeping onto the scene of Minnesota’s medical industry. Whether people are for it or against it, cannabis has been approved to treat 13 qualifying conditions, from cancer to glaucoma to Alzheimer’s, which was the latest to join the list. While the substance is legal medically, it’s still extremely difficult for people ...

WNAX-Radio: Expansion of Broadband Internet Access Needs More Funding

EXCERPT: “Advocates want 35 million dollars a year ongoing funding from the state to expand broadband Internet access in rural Minnesota, and bills have been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate.  Judy Erickson with the Rural Broadband Coalition says it needs to be in the base budget instead of one-time money like in ...

The Timberjay: Goodwill to shutter Ely store and donation center

EXCERPT: “The Goodwill store in Ely is slated to close permanently on Saturday, Jan. 19. The news of the closure of the store and the related donation center, located at 40 N 2nd Ave. East came as a blow to Ely area residents who used the store to access affordable clothing and household items. ‘I ...

WNAX-Radio: University of Minnesota Asks for Funding Increase

EXCERPT: “The University of Minnesota is asking the legislature for an 87-million-dollar funding increase for the next two years — which top administrators say will help keep faculty and staff salaries competitive and hold down tuition increases. President Eric Kaler says a two-percent inflationary increase is planned for Minnesota resident undergrads at the Twin Cities campus ...

Kevin Paap talks Farm Bill, pt 2

Click to listen: RuralMN Radio, 1/11/19 We’re with Kevin Paap, president of Minnesota Farm Bureau, again this week to continue our conversation on the Farm Bill and some of the big issues with agriculture this legislative session.

WDIO-TV: Northland Legislators Discuss Priorities For 2019 Legislative Session

EXCERPT: “Tuesday marked the first day of the Minnesota legislative session, and Democrats have now officially taken control of the House. There are also some new and returning faces to the legislature as new legislators have been sworn in. Over 100 state representatives were at the Capitol on Tuesday. Republican Sen. Justin Eichorn has cities like Bemidji, Walker, and ...