Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

The Role of Newspapers in Rural Minnesota

By Julie Tesch, President & CEO Have you read a newspaper lately? Was it your local newspaper? Was it in print or online? I’m fortunate to have a daily, regional newspaper delivered to my door every day. I also have two neighboring community newspapers delivered weekly. Why do I spend this money? It is my ...

Finding work or finding workers? – part 2

For years, the focus for economic development policy has been about “jobs, jobs, jobs!” Now, businesses and workforce development organizations are saying, “People, people, people!” Communities in Greater Minnesota are now recognizing that strategies focused solely on recruiting and retaining jobs have to change.

KXLT-TV: Proposed bill could bring in big money to southeastern Minnesota

EXCERPT: “$25,000,000 could be coming to southeastern Minnesota. State lawmakers will introduce a bill on Thursday to potentially generate new economic growth. Both state senators and representatives from the area believe the eleven county region of southeastern Minnesota has a strong economy, but they see a few areas that could use a boost. Healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, ...
Family Walking Down Rural Gravel Driveway

Letters to the New Governor of Minnesota

What is “Letters to the New Governor”? A compilation of essays giving insights and recommendations by experts from around the state writing on issues of importance to Greater Minnesota. They comment on the ideas and motivations behind some of our most difficult policy questions facing our state, including the region’s changing demographics, the rural economy, the ...

Brainerd Dispatch: Could passenger rail be coming back to Brainerd and Greater Minnesota? Advocacy group invites Brainerd man to commuter railroad rally in St. Paul

EXCERPT: “Activists are making another push for more passenger rail in Greater Minnesota—and this time around, they’ll have Brainerd resident Robert Owens alongside them. Owens was invited by the nonprofit All Aboard Minnesota to a public rally March 6 in St. Paul to stump for passenger rail all over the Upper Midwest—which, in terms of local ...