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Minnesota Department of Human Services: Great need for quality child care in rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Human Services Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel visited Cedar Mountain Cougar Childcare Center in Franklin, Minn., to emphasize the importance of quality child care, and highlight businesses and communities coming together to address the need for child care. ‘Without consistent, quality child care, children often struggle and are not prepared to enter kindergarten, and parents ...

Minnesota Grown: Find Your Local Farmers Market

EXCERPT: “There are so many reasons to celebrate the many Farmers Markets present in the state of Minnesota! Due to the fertile soil, many types of agriculture, and huge diversity in products grown and raised by Minnesota Farmers and producers, farmers markets have become prominent in both small towns and urban centers. Farmers markets are ...
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Mental health services in Greater Minnesota

Limited resources are putting growing pressure on rural communities May 2017 By Marnie Werner, Research Director The mobile crisis and outreach teams of the Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Brainerd are busy. In 2016, they made 1,200 calls in the counties they cover—Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena—and most of those calls ...

A quiet crisis: Minnesota’s child care shortage

September 2016 By Marnie Werner, Research director A crisis has been quietly brewing throughout Minnesota and the nation for many years now. People have been getting out of the in-home family child care business at a disturbing rate, creating a severe shortage over most of the state. And while statewide data makes it appear that ...

Finding the Voice of Rural Minnesota

Rural Minnesota is losing it’s voice. That’s the conclusion of a study where researchers talked to 50 prominent Minnesota decision makers and surveyed 120+ more. Due to a combination of reasons, the state’s rural population is becoming increasingly left out and left behind on the discussions that affect our everyday lives. Finding the Voice of Rural ...