Category: Demography

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Noting a sea change in engagement

by Whitney Oachs, Research Intern Following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, communities across the nation held protests in support of people of color and structural change for policing. But while the unrest in the Twin Cities rightly dominated headlines, communities in even the most rural corners of the state also saw ...
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Health care webinar on YouTube

Our June 3, 2020, webinar on our recent report looking at the impact of mergers and service consolidations in rural health care is on our YouTube channel and ready for viewing.  Our report, “Integrating Rural into the New Reality of Health Care,” takes a look at what is behind the wave of health care facility ...

COVID-19: Comparing apples and oranges

When taking population into account, the rate of COVID-19 cases is just as high, if not higher, in counties outside of the seven-county metro. By Kelly Asche May, 2020 Counties outside of the seven-county metro have some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the state. But this so far hasn’t translated into a similarly ...

Lies, damn lies and statistics

The main issue with categories such as “metro” and “non-metro” is that the locations they represent change depending on population and migration patterns. Knowing how to compare these categories over time is vitally important since it can paint very different stories about non-metro areas if done incorrectly.

Finding the answers in Willmar

By Julie Tesch I recently read an article about Willmar in, of all places, the New York Times, and I was surprised and amazed (I’m a bit sad to say) at its positive view of rural Minnesota. I’m a bit sad at my level of surprise not because it was an article on Willmar, but ...

WCCO-TV: Minnesota Is Losing Workers

EXCERPT: “Economists say the answer is more immigrants — while at the same time President Donald Trump is trying to restrict them. Think of it as Minnesota posting a ‘Help Wanted’ notice. There are more jobs available in the next five years than workers to fill them. And state officials say that’s a major threat ...