Category: News

Engadget: England turns to the church to help fix rural internet

EXCERPT: “Though our cities now teem with fiber optic cables and 4G signals, it’s still common for rural areas to struggle with even basic connectivity. In the UK, a new pact between church and state could help local religious hubs become bastions of faster broadband. The National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England and the government will ...

Worthington Daily Globe: Minnesota Chamber talks taxes, workforce at JBS

EXCERPT: “On the final stop of their statewide tour, representatives of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce visited JBS on Monday to show local Chamber members their wishlist for the upcoming legislative session and talk about the challenges facing Minnesota businesses . . . Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said the state’s annual ...

MinnPost: Why Central Minnesota’s population has exploded over the last few decades

EXCERPT: “At a time when many Minnesota regions are growing slowly, or projected to lose population in the future, expansion is something that sets Central Minnesota apart…This region, which encompasses Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties, added nearly 140,000 residents between 2000 and 2016, ...

Politico: America’s digital divide, in 2 maps

EXCERPT: “The divide between America’s haves and have nots is increasingly marked by technology. A broadband connection is a portal to jobs, to education, to consumer goods, to information and to other people. Yet huge swaths of the United States are still unconnected, particularly in rural areas. Some areas lack access to an internet connection ...

Governor candidates’ forum: Watch the video

The Center, along with the Minnesota Newspaper Association and Compeer Financial, hosted its first gubernatorial candidates’ forum on January 26 during MNA’s annual convention. Our moderator Mary Lahammer led the candidates in one-on-one conversations about just rural issues, ranging from workforce and housing to broadband and water. All nine candidates participated, giving the 150 or ...

Farm Bureau: What the Transportation Plan Could Mean to Rural America

EXCERPT: “Infrastructure was a significant topic of discussion during the president’s 2018 State of the Union address. The administration has been teasing an infrastructure plan for over a year, but this year’s SOTU, as well as documents released and leaked from the White House, add some meat to the bone, and begin to tell us ...