Category: News

Worthington Globe: Minnesota representatives visit southwest Minnesota to eye projects seeking bonding

EXCERPT: “Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Capital Investment Committee visited southwest Minnesota this week to learn more about Worthington’s Welcome, Education, Library and Livability (W.E.L.L.) proposal, Windom’s storm sewer project and Red Rock Rural Water System’s pipeline expansion plan, as all of the entities seek state bonding money. Local officials led tours of ...

National Farm Medicine Center: Rural firefighters promote farm safety through national program

EXCERPT: “Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide. The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas. ‘This project is based ...
River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

Mankato Free Press: River Ramble highlights Mankato as cyclist destination

EXCERPT: “As the ninth annual Mankato River Ramble came to a close Sunday afternoon, it was evident the Greater Mankato Area is on the radar for cyclists not just from Mankato, but also the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and even neighboring states. Mankato is one of nearly 30 cities in Minnesota classified as “bike friendly” by ...

Pew: As Rural Groceries Fade Away, Lawmakers Wonder Whether to Act

EXCERPT: “Nancy McCloud did not have any food industry bona fides. She had never worked in a grocery store; not even a restaurant. And yet three years ago, when her local grocery in central New Mexico closed, she wanted to offer the community (population: 863) the fresh foods they otherwise would have to travel 47 ...

Associated Press: Minnesota House to Open Mini-Session on Wednesday in Winona

EXCERPT: “Members of the Minnesota House will gather in Winona and other southeastern Minnesota communities Wednesday for a three-day mini-session. More than 100 lawmakers from both parties have registered. They’ll participate in tours and informational field hearings on a wide range of topics. No votes will be taken.It’s the first time the House has held ...

Brainerd Dispatch: Klobuchar, Smith, Stauber praise $1.9M allocation for Aitkin County broadband

EXCERPT: “Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Congressman Pete Stauber, announced Wednesday, Sept. 25, over $1.9 million in funding for broadband deployment in Aitkin County. The Community Connect grant of $1,953,464 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is intended to construct a fiber broadband network helping spur economic, business, telehealth, and educational improvements ...

Worthington Globe: Nobles County’s quest to join PrimeWest halted by state

EXCERPT: “A decision earlier this year by Nobles County Commissioners to spend more than $1.8 million to join the county-based purchasing group, PrimeWest Health, to provide managed care, Medicare and Medicaid for individuals on government-funded healthcare appears to have hit a dead end, at least for now. The county was one of 11 hoping to ...

RFD-TV: Rural Healthcare Struggles With Rx Drug Costs

EXCERPT: “It’s National Farm Safety And Health Week, and today is focused on the rural opioid epidemic and mental health. For some farmers and ranchers, the rising cost of prescription drugs only worsens the rural healthcare challenge. Research by AARP found the average older American takes 4.5 prescription drugs, typically on a persistent basis, and 72 ...