Category: News

KEYC-TV: Alleviating The Child Care Shortage In Blue Earth County

EXCERPT: “All of greater Minnesota is facing a childcare shortage. In our area, several communities are getting the help they need to continue providing child care around Blue Earth County. Lack of child care has been an issue for years, preventing families from moving to small towns, stifling growth. Thanks to recent assistance, communities can ...

WCCO-TV: Minnesota Is Losing Workers

EXCERPT: “Economists say the answer is more immigrants — while at the same time President Donald Trump is trying to restrict them. Think of it as Minnesota posting a ‘Help Wanted’ notice. There are more jobs available in the next five years than workers to fill them. And state officials say that’s a major threat ...

MinnPost: Minnesota retail closures have ramped up in recent years. That hits particularly hard in Greater Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The Herberger’s department store in Willmar, Minnesota closed last August after four months of liquidation sales: Clearance. Store fixtures for sale. Everything must go. All the remaining Herberger’s and Younkers department stores across Minnesota closed last year as a result of their parent company, Bon-Ton Stores, filing for bankruptcy. In places like Roseville, Bloomington, Edina and Stillwater, ...

DL-Online: Want to take on a social challenge?

EXCERPT: “The Initiators Fellowship, launched by the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls in 2016, is expanding to include the regions of Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative, covering a total of 41 counties in Greater Minnesota . . . Applications for the 2020-21 cohort open May 15 and close July 15. The two-year Fellowship will ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Task force takes on rural stress in Minnesota

EXCERPT: “The University of Minnesota has established a new rural stress task force to address a wide range of socioeconomic issues. University of Minnesota Extension Dean Bev Durgan said the effort comes in response to the stress on farm families and rural communities brought on by several years of low farm income. ‘We’re losing farms. Main ...

USDA Releases Report on Rural Broadband and Benefits of Next Generation Precision Agriculture

EXCERPT: “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies. The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could result in at least $47 billion in ...