Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

Duluth News Tribune: State report embraces tech-driven transportation future

EXCERPT: “Asked who she’d like to have read the state’s report about its strategies to adopt a more driverless future in Minnesota, Kristin White went straight to the point. ‘Anyone and everyone — anyone in Minnesota who uses transportation,’ she said. ‘We want to make this a collaborative process leading into the future.’ White is ...
welcome new board members

CRPD welcomes new board members

by Julie Tesch, President At the heart of the Center for Rural Policy & Development are our staff and board of directors.  While we the staff do the research, our board members are also vital to the success of this organization. CRPD’s board is made up of thirteen members appointed by the Governor, one each ...

Associated Press: Latest Bankers Survey Indicates Shrinking Rural Economy

EXCERPT: “The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies. The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic ...

WCCO-TV: FCC Pledges $28.5M To Expand Broadband In Rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday it will provide $28.5 million in broadband funding to rural households in Minnesota. The FCC says the money will benefit more than 8,000 homes and businesses in Minnesota that are currently unserved. The funding, which providers will begin receiving in late August, will be distributed over the next 10 ...

Modern Healthcare: Rural hospitals take spotlight in coverage expansion debate

EXCERPT: “Opponents of the public option have funded an analysis that warns more rural hospitals may close if Americans leave commercial plans for Medicare. With the focus on rural hospitals, the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future brings a sensitive issue for politicians into its fight against a Medicare buy-in. The policy has gone mainstream among ...

The Bemidji Pioneer: Red Lake Nation opens long-awaited trading post

EXCERPT: “With the promise of providing more options for the local community, the Red Lake Trading Post is on the cusp of opening, completing a process years in the making. Dozens of people filed into the multi-purpose store for a blessing ceremony Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of the store’s opening this weekend. The Red Lake Trading ...

Associated Press: Rural churches search for their place in a changing world

EXCERPT: “After a few days of sweltering heat broke with an afternoon storm, the bells rang at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone, Minn. as parishioners passed through its doors for Saturday mass. Formed by immigrants of Luxembourg who settled in the area, the church recently celebrated its 150th birthday in June. The roughly 400-member ...