Category: Miscellaneous

KARE-TV: Couple wins cafe, changes the flavor of small town dining

EXCERPT: ” In Sherburn, Minnesota the first light of day comes from the Cup N’ Saucer Café. ‘It’s our morning stop, 6:30 morning stop,’ Brian Steen says. Steen sits among the other farmers and retirees at a corner table by the café’s front window. Their table. As coffee is poured, the conversation shifts easily from ...

Supporting the Decennial Census and American Community Survey

By: Kelly Asche, Research Associate There isn’t a week that goes by here at the Center where we don’t use U.S. Census information in some form. Its importance in creating our research and helping to develop good policy cannot be understated. If you were to quickly breeze through our research for this year, you would ...

Opioids or meth? The addiction epidemic part 3

  Thad Shunkwiler, assistant professor in the department of Health Science at Minnesota State Mankato, joins us again this week for part 3 of our discussion on addiction. We have already covered how methamphetamines are the drug of choice in Greater Minnesota these days, and a shortage of licensed treatment providers is leading policymakers to think ...

Opioids or meth? The addiction epidemic part 2

  Thad Shunkwiler, an assistant professor in the Department of Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato, joins us again this week, this time to talk about the issue of substance use treatment providers. Minnesota has many programs to incentivize other health care professionals to practice in rural Minnesota, but not treatment providers. On top of ...

Finding work or finding workers?

Ask business owners in Minnesota what their biggest challenge is today and most will tell you: “finding help.” Economic growth coupled with an aging workforce heading toward retirement and fewer young people to replace them is putting significant pressure on Greater Minnesota’s employers, making hiring significantly more challenging. Over the next several months, the Center for ...