Category: News

WCCO-TV: How Wind Energy Is Affecting Rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “What started with just a few wind turbines 20 years ago, now turns out nearly 20% of Minnesota’s electricity. But the towering blades haven’t come without questions and controversy in rural Minnesota. In last year’s Super Bowl, ad experts ranked Budweiser’s commercial that promoted wind energy as one of the best. On a farm far away, ...

Alexandria Echo Press: Rural city leaders ask for large bonding bill

EXCERPT: “City leaders from Greater Minnesota are calling on Governor Tim Walz and legislators to pass a large public works package that invests at least $1.5 billion in infrastructure needs throughout the state. That message was the main theme that emerged from last week’s Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference, which was held at ...

Minne Inno: DEED’s Launch Minnesota Initiative Offering ‘Innovation Grants’ to Entrepreneurs in Greater MN

EXCERPT: “Minnesota startups now have a new source of state funding. Launch Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s new statewide effort to accelerate startups, is taking applications for Innovation Grants. Launch said in a release that these grants are designed to ‘advance the most promising, innovative and scalable technology startups in Minnesota’ ‘These grants will ...

Associated Press: Lack of formal shelters for homeless in rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Cortney Zukauska doesn’t let herself get too comfortable. Ask her what she seeks five years in the future and her answer is simple. ‘Surviving,’ she said. ‘And raising my babies the best I can.’ Pictures of her six children line the walls of the house she’s renting here. Being a mother is Zakauska’s first priority, ...

Bemidji Pioneer: Northwest Minnesota Foundation receives child care grant

EXCERPT: “Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove recently announced the recipients of Child Care Economic Development Grants. A total of $727,500 was awarded to 11 organizations throughout Minnesota to increase families’ access to quality child care. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation, based in Bemidji, received $85,000. ‘Too ...

Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Funding Available to Increase Access to Healthy Foods

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting grant applications for organizations offering technical assistance to improve access to fresh, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods for underserved communities. The funding is available through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). These grants will help organizations provide needs-based technical assistance to eligible food retailers, such ...