Category: Demography

Government: At the intersection of local, state and federal, pt 3

  In the third and final part of our interview with CRPD board member and Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle, Tim talks about how federal transportation dollars are divided among Minnesota’s communities, and why with the upcoming Census in 2020 it will be especially important that everyone gets counted. Minnesota is on the verge ...

MinnPost: In Moorhead, a Kurdish community thrives

EXCERPT: “Decades after their arrival, the Kurdish immigrant community in Fargo-Moorhead – now into its third and fourth generation – is doing so well it’s hard to get members to sit for an interview . . . Many of the 1,000 people or so of Kurdish descent who live in the Fargo-Moorhead area were either ...

Cities Speak: Closing Urban-Rural Divide to Achieve Equity

EXCERPT: “Far from being an ‘urban only’ issue, both urban and rural communities in Minnesota struggle to achieve racial equity and immigrant integration. Two efforts within the state, Thriving by Design and One Minnesota Equity Blueprint, are working to spread the facts about these shared challenges, create opportunities to tackle them together and address the urban-rural divide as ...

Houston County News: Southeast Minnesota is poised to grow over the next 25 years; here’s what a group of cities wants to do about it

EXCERPT: “There will be 50,000 more people living in southeastern Minnesota in the next 25 years. There will be 44,000 more jobs. And there will need to be 14,000 more housing units. That’s according to an economic forecast study released Tuesday by the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities, a municipal organization of 65 communities in Dodge, ...

MinnPost: How immigration is changing high school sports in Greater Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Practice is still on for this late-summer weekday afternoon, despite barely escaping a rainstorm that passed through this southern Minnesota city of 13,000 people in the last few hours. Nearly 60 teenage boys are already here, stretching and getting ready to begin. The school’s girls soccer team, of which about 50 students showed up ...

Grow Your Own with Diana Anderson of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, pt 2

  Last week Diana Anderson, president of the Southwest Initiative Foundation in Hutchinson, talked with us about the work they’re doing to close the opportunity gap for low-income families in southwest Minnesota. She joins us again this week to talk about their Grow Our Own summit coming up Nov. 8 in Marshall. At the summit ...

MinnPost: Long Prairie’s growing immigrant population helps keep local schools vital

EXCERPT: “Not all that long ago, the central Minnesota community of Long Prairie was in a period of decline. The town, anchored for years by agriculture and local employers like Long Prairie Packing, and Dan’s Prize, was struggling. Many downtown businesses were closed, homes were up for sale and, at the local school district, always a bellwether of the economy, ...