Category: News

West Central Tribune: Transportation meeting in Willmar highlights ongoing needs

EXCERPT: “With a number of regional highway projects — like U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar — just finishing up, and funding approved for the state Highway 23 four-lane project between Willmar and St. Cloud, transportation officials say there’s much to be thankful for. ‘But there are ongoing needs,’ said Margaret Donahoe, executive director of ...

MReport: Moving From Rural Areas to the City

EXCERPT: “Rural areas have not quite kept pace with metro areas following the recession, according to a new report from Trulia. According to Trulia, many metros have seen robust growth in jobs and home prices, while rural areas have stagnated. The report explains that this trend began even before the recession, but the divergence between rural and ...

Job vacancies and the workforce shortage, pt 2

  This week CRPD’s research associate Kelly Asche joins us again to talk about the workforce shortage and how it can turn out to be a positive story. Employers are starting to look at what were previously considered hard-to-employ groups, like people with criminal backgrounds and people with disabilities. There is also the work going ...

CityLab: Can Exchange Programs Help Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide?

EXCERPT: “‘The future of the 21st century exists in the space between rural and urban,’ according to Matthew Fluharty. Fluharty is the founder of Art of the Rural, a non-profit dedicated to supporting rural culture. “Plenty of people out there have questions about the connections between rural and urban cultures, because in their own lives, ...

USDA: USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

EXCERPT: “U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America. ‘Rural high-speed broadband e-Connectivity is as important for economic development as rail, roads, bridges and airports – ...

Minnesota Women’s Press: The Governor’s Office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota join together on a program for young women — the first of its kind in the United States

EXCERPT: “Gather together 500 young women from around the state in listening sessions about their greatest challenges and hopes. Match them up with the resources of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the power of the Governor’s office. Create a paid Cabinet of 25 young women ages 16 to 24, representing eight diverse communities, and ...

Blue Earth County’s Yellow Line Project pt 3

  This week on RuralMn Radio, Phill Claussen, Blue Earth County Human Services Director, and Angela Youngerberg, Director of Business Operations for Blue Earth County Human Services, join us again to talk further about the county’s Yellow Line Project. This week they talk about how the project gives provides law enforcement and offenders more options ...