Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

Daily Yonder: Litchfield, Minn. Prepares to Step Out of the Shadows for Tourists

EXCERPT: “Ask a traveler where they’d like to visit in Minnesota outside of the big cities. Litchfield, a town of 7,000 west of the Twin Cities, probably isn’t the first place to come to mind. With one-of-a-kind relics and recreational amenities, the community might change that, with a little additional effort. Nearby Willmar and Hutchinson oft overshadow the ...

The Growler: One town’s pitch for why you should want to be their neighbor

EXCERPT: “The gurgling shriek of a milk steamer and smell of fresh pour-over coffee fills the air of Bean and Brush Creative Coffee. Vintage-inspired asterisk-shaped chandeliers illuminate the art on the walls. Four children chase each other, dodging brightly colored chairs and glancing every so often at their moms, who are relaxing in armchairs in ...

MinnPost: In Moorhead, a Kurdish community thrives

EXCERPT: “Decades after their arrival, the Kurdish immigrant community in Fargo-Moorhead – now into its third and fourth generation – is doing so well it’s hard to get members to sit for an interview . . . Many of the 1,000 people or so of Kurdish descent who live in the Fargo-Moorhead area were either ...

Mankato Free Press: Municipal liquor store profits often boost town budgets

EXCERPT: “The patrons of the Le Center Liquor Store don’t just enjoy some good company and a couple of drinks — they help out the city’s swimming pool. The town’s ‘muni’ is once again one of the most profitable, per capita, in southern Minnesota. ‘It’s always been profitable. This was probably their best year ever,’ said City Administrator ...

Cities Speak: Closing Urban-Rural Divide to Achieve Equity

EXCERPT: “Far from being an ‘urban only’ issue, both urban and rural communities in Minnesota struggle to achieve racial equity and immigrant integration. Two efforts within the state, Thriving by Design and One Minnesota Equity Blueprint, are working to spread the facts about these shared challenges, create opportunities to tackle them together and address the urban-rural divide as ...

Park Rapids Enterprise: Minnesota kids take part in chemical exposure study

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a study on chemicals that may harm development in children, and volunteer families from Becker County are among those taking part. The Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project measures preschoolers’ exposure to metals, air pollution, diesel exhaust and different agricultural and home pesticides through urine samples provided by ...

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 ...

Houston County News: Southeast Minnesota is poised to grow over the next 25 years; here’s what a group of cities wants to do about it

EXCERPT: “There will be 50,000 more people living in southeastern Minnesota in the next 25 years. There will be 44,000 more jobs. And there will need to be 14,000 more housing units. That’s according to an economic forecast study released Tuesday by the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities, a municipal organization of 65 communities in Dodge, ...