Category: Rural Reality

Minnesota Department of Human Services: Great need for quality child care in rural Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Human Services Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel visited Cedar Mountain Cougar Childcare Center in Franklin, Minn., to emphasize the importance of quality child care, and highlight businesses and communities coming together to address the need for child care. ‘Without consistent, quality child care, children often struggle and are not prepared to enter kindergarten, and parents ...

Wastewater challenges in small Minnesota communities

May 2017 In 2014, the Center took a serious look at the issue of water in Minnesota. Can the Land of 10,000 Lakes really have a problem with its water supply? It turns out that yes, it can. In a follow-up to this article, we partnered with the Center for Small Towns at the University ...
Making apple cider at the Inadvertent Cafe

Rural Success in the Making: The Inadvertent Café

In Clinton, MN, The Inadvertent Café is marking its successes one omelette—and one batch of sauerkraut—at a time. By Brent Olson There are four problems with food in a small town. First, it’s hard to keep a grocery store open, because they can’t compete on price or variety with larger stores. Second, people who are older ...
Rough Roads Ahead

Rural Reality: Rough Roads Ahead & Roads Less Traveled

Transportation officials project that over the next two decades, the funds needed just to maintain Minnesota’s roads will fall at least $12 billion short. This policy brief discusses how that shortfall will show up on increasingly deteriorating rural roads.

Rural Reality: Who feeds our kids during the summer?

June 6, 2013 School bells across the state are ringing out the last days of the academic year. For most children, the last day of school marks the beginning of the carefree days of summer. For too many families – especially in rural Minnesota – the last day of school is also the first day ...