Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

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 ...

Worthington Globe: Minnesota representatives visit southwest Minnesota to eye projects seeking bonding

EXCERPT: “Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Capital Investment Committee visited southwest Minnesota this week to learn more about Worthington’s Welcome, Education, Library and Livability (W.E.L.L.) proposal, Windom’s storm sewer project and Red Rock Rural Water System’s pipeline expansion plan, as all of the entities seek state bonding money. Local officials led tours of ...

National Farm Medicine Center: Rural firefighters promote farm safety through national program

EXCERPT: “Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide. The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas. ‘This project is based ...
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Two cities, one creative idea to help with child care

By Marnie Werner, VP Research Over the last few years, I’ve been digging a lot into the child care shortage and the difficulties it’s causing for parents of young children around rural Minnesota. One problem in particular for working parents with children in both daycare and preschool is getting their kids from one place to ...
River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

Mankato Free Press: River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

EXCERPT: “As the ninth annual Mankato River Ramble came to a close Sunday afternoon, it was evident the Greater Mankato Area is on the radar for cyclists not just from Mankato, but also the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and even neighboring states. Mankato is one of nearly 30 cities in Minnesota classified as “bike friendly” by ...

Pew: As Rural Groceries Fade Away, Lawmakers Wonder Whether to Act

EXCERPT: “Nancy McCloud did not have any food industry bona fides. She had never worked in a grocery store; not even a restaurant. And yet three years ago, when her local grocery in central New Mexico closed, she wanted to offer the community (population: 863) the fresh foods they otherwise would have to travel 47 ...