Category: Rural Headlines

Becker’s Hospital Review: Mergers improve care outcomes for rural hospitals, study finds

EXCERPT: “Mergers and acquisitions improved patient care outcomes for rural hospitals, a new study published in JAMA Network Open suggests. For the case-control study, researchers affiliated with IBM Watson Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, analyzed data from 172 merged hospitals and 266 comparison hospitals that remained independent from 2009 to 2016. The researchers sought ...

DEED: Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants Now Accepting Applications

EXCERPT: “The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program. A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, ...

Agweek: Ag-rich counties are still losing population

EXCERPT: “Despite decades of federal and state investments in farm programs and rural economic development, most of rural America is still losing population while urban America is gaining. There are exceptions, of course. Montana attracted so many new people that the state gained a second congressional seat. And oil rich Williams County, North Dakota, was ...

MinnPost: When it comes to politics, Minnesota’s urban-rural divide is alive and well

EXCERPT: “The Trump era saw Republicans tighten their grip on voters in Greater Minnesota while DFLers made huge gains in the Twin Cities and metro area suburbs. Now, eight months into Joe Biden’s presidency, Minnesota’s geographic divide remains stark. An Aug. 28-31 MinnPost poll of 1,945 Minnesota voters found that rural and urban voters in Minnesota split sharply on everything from ...

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development: Child Care Economic Development Grants Now Open for Applications

EXCERPT: “Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has launched the latest round of Child Care Economic Development Grants. These grants authorize $5 million over the next two fiscal years for grants to local communities to increase quality child care providers to support economic development across Minnesota. A total of $2.5 million will ...

MinnPost: Minnesota is getting $550 million in ARP money to help its child care industry. Here’s how the state is spending that cash.

EXCERPT: “When Congress approved the massive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in March, it earmarked $40 billion to help bail out the country’s struggling child care system. Minnesota, in turn, got more than half a billion dollars for its child care providers. The influx of cash resulted in a tug-of-war over how to spend the money in Minnesota ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota co-ops to vote on North Dakota power plant sale

EXCERPT: “A Minnesota electric company that wants to sell its financially troubled coal-fueled power plant in North Dakota expects to know Friday if its member utility cooperatives will endorse the deal that includes purchasing electricity over the next decade from the factory’s prospective buyer. North Dakota officials have hailed the potential sale announced last month of ...