Category: News

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 ...

MinnPost: Minnesota retail closures have ramped up in recent years. That hits particularly hard in Greater Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The Herberger’s department store in Willmar, Minnesota closed last August after four months of liquidation sales: Clearance. Store fixtures for sale. Everything must go. All the remaining Herberger’s and Younkers department stores across Minnesota closed last year as a result of their parent company, Bon-Ton Stores, filing for bankruptcy. In places like Roseville, Bloomington, Edina and Stillwater, ...

DL-Online: Want to take on a social challenge?

EXCERPT: “The Initiators Fellowship, launched by the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls in 2016, is expanding to include the regions of Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative, covering a total of 41 counties in Greater Minnesota . . . Applications for the 2020-21 cohort open May 15 and close July 15. The two-year Fellowship will ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Task force takes on rural stress in Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The University of Minnesota has established a new rural stress task force to address a wide range of socioeconomic issues. University of Minnesota Extension Dean Bev Durgan said the effort comes in response to the stress on farm families and rural communities brought on by several years of low farm income. ‘We’re losing farms. Main ...

USDA Releases Report on Rural Broadband and Benefits of Next Generation Precision Agriculture

EXCERPT: “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies. The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could result in at least $47 billion in ...

KELO-Radio: Small-Town Minnesota groceries see boost from Good Food Access Program

EXCERPT: “Supporters of small-town Minnesota grocery stores are hoping for new funding to continue the Good Food Access program. They say the state grants help bring quality nutrition to areas that would otherwise be ‘food deserts,’ and that helps rural communities. Corey Christianson took over one KC’s Country Market several years ago, and another location ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Need a job? Vacancies continue to outnumber job hunters

EXCERPT: “Minnesota’s worker shortage continues to grow more severe. State economic officials report the number of job openings in the fourth quarter of last year rose 20 percent over the same period the year before. The semi-annual tally found 137,000 job vacancies. Greater Minnesota saw a 34 percent increase in openings over the year. The jump ...

Patch: 63 MN Schools Will Benefit From $2.3M Safe Routes Grant

EXCERPT: “Sixty-three schools in Minnesota will benefit from $2.3 million in planning assistance and infrastructure grants that support the Safe Routes to School program, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Monday. Safe Routes to School is an international program to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion around schools, increase physical activity and improve health by making it easier ...

Fergus Falls Journal: Nonprofit Groups Push Bills to Help Rural MN Communities

EXCERPT: “Representatives from the Coalition of Greater MN Cities (CGMC) and the Greater MN Partnership (GMNP) are taking advantage of the legislative holiday break this week to make their way across the state and talk about what they feel needs to happen for the upcoming legislative session to have a successful outcome. Their primary focus ...