Category: News

Associated Press: Gov. Walz Announces $23M For Expanding Rural Broadband Statewide

EXCERPT: “Minnesota is awarding more than $23 million in grants to 30 projects throughout the state to help bring high-quality broadband access to underserved and unserved parts of the state, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday. ‘Fast, reliable broadband access is a critical economic development tool that improves quality of life and makes businesses in Greater ...

St. Cloud Times: State troopers will carry kits to help the homeless

EXCERPT: “More than 600 kits will be shared by state troopers across Minnesota to help people experiencing homelessness. The new initiative aims to provide essentials to people who need them. The Department of Public Safety collected donations across the state and assembled them into Care on the Go kits. ‘A lot of times people will ...

Mankato Free Press: Blue Earth County faces tough broadband costs

EXCERPT: “If Blue Earth County wants to have rural broadband internet, it’s going to have to pay a potentially unworkable amount of money . . . That’s what consultants recently found in a broadband feasibility study, which they presented to the Blue Earth County Board Tuesday…According to the study, it could cost more than $35 ...

MinnPost: How Minnesota towns are trying to fill their empty Shopkos

EXCERPT: “Some Minnesota cities are hoping to court new retailers, whether one or more, to fill their former Shopko spaces. In the rural community of Mahnomen, about an hour from Bemidji in the White Earth Nation, the loss of Shopko means one less place to shop in Mahnomen — and in some cases, one more ...

National Public Radio: In Rural Areas Without Pain Or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors Fill In The Gaps

EXCERPT: “In many ways, rural communities like Necedah have become the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Drug overdose deaths are more common by population size in rural areas than in urban ones. And rural doctors prescribe opioids more often by far, despite a nationwide decline in prescribing rates since 2012. Meanwhile, rural Americans have fewer alternatives to treat their very real pain, ...

KEYC-TV: Job growth spurs housing demand in Windom

EXCERPT: “Recent job growth has led to a surge in demand for housing in Windom. Now, The Windom City Council is addressing housing needs. Right now, local companies in the city are hiring hundreds of positions, but the issue has been around for a few years. City officials say that a housing study conducted back ...