Category: News

DL-Online: Over half of MN job openings are in low-wage occupations

EXCERPT: “There are 60,000 job openings in Greater Minnesota, the most openings since the state first conducted the Job Vacancy Survey in 2001. Most of the overall gain in job openings was caused by a sharp increase in six low-wage occupations: food preparation and serving, sales, personal care, office support, janitorial, and farming. Compared with ...

DL-Online: Child care town hall meeting draws a crowd

EXCERPT: “Does Becker County have a child care shortage? The short answer is, yes — a big one. A total of 648 child care slots are needed to meet the county’s current needs, according to data gathered from a recent survey conducted by the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, or RCCIP. The RCCIP is an ...

WNAX-Radio: Nearly 70-percent of Minnesota School Districts Get Approval

EXCERPT: “Nearly 70 percent of Minnesota school districts with operating levies on the ballot got approval from voters in last week’s election, and the success rate for bond referendums was even higher. Nearly all the districts where voters said ‘no’ are in Greater Minnesota — and Greg Abbott with the Minnesota School Boards Association says ...

Government: At the intersection of local, state and federal, pt 2

  Crow Wing County Administrator and CRPD board member Tim Houle joins us again this week to talk about the complicated relationship between the county, state and federal governments. This week we look at the need for counties to communicate the local perspective to state lawmakers in St. Paul. As an example, Tim talks about ...

Crookston Times: We Are Water MN exhibit travels state, tells compelling story

EXCERPT: “A new traveling exhibit is raising awareness of just how and why water is important to Minnesotans and their environment. The Minnesota Humanities Center’s We Are Water MN exhibit is crossing the state, sharing stories of Minnesotans and the water that surrounds them. The goal? To shape a stronger bond between the two. U of ...

Daily Yonder: Litchfield, Minn. Prepares to Step Out of the Shadows for Tourists

EXCERPT: “Ask a traveler where they’d like to visit in Minnesota outside of the big cities. Litchfield, a town of 7,000 west of the Twin Cities, probably isn’t the first place to come to mind. With one-of-a-kind relics and recreational amenities, the community might change that, with a little additional effort. Nearby Willmar and Hutchinson oft overshadow the ...