Category: News

Forum News Service: Rural Minnesota faces its own drug crisis

EXCERPT: “On Tuesday, July 23, Sue Purchase loaded up the trunk of her car outside her Duluth home and drove to the Fond du Lac Reservation to make a delivery. ‘I was making sure she had a sharps container, Narcan, (fentanyl) test strips, HIV information,’ Purchase said later. Born in Duluth, raised in Cloquet and ...

Bring Me the News: Study: Minnesota is 4th most expensive state for childcare

EXCERPT: “Minnesota is one of the most expensive states in the U.S. to pay for childcare, with the average annual cost of infant care standing at $16,087. That’s according to research by the Economic Policy Institute, which says the average weekly cost of infant childcare in the state is $1,341. That’s high enough for a ranking of 4th ...

Twin Cities Business: Nonprofit Red Wing Ignite Wins $750K Federal Grant

EXCERPT: “Red Wing Ignite, a Red Wing economic development organization, was one of 44 organizations chosen to receive a grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2019 i6 Challenge and 2019 Seed Fund Support programs. On Tuesday, the DOC announced that a total of $23 million will be distributed to the organizations, with other private ...

Duluth News Tribune: ‘Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind’: Minnesotans tell Congress

EXCERPT: “A pair of Minnesota business development leaders shared with members of Congress effective efforts they’d taken to boost broadband access in their communities and urged the panel build out the infrastructure that helps people connect to the internet. The comments came as the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit discussed broadband ...

Daily Yonder: Minnesota’s Broadband Reboot

EXCERPT: “In 2014, Minnesota was abuzz with broadband. The state’s newly created Office of Broadband Development had opened its doors, and the legislature was poised to give it an invaluable new tool to extend critical access: the Border to Border Broadband state grant fund. Five years later, the competitive matching grants have connected more than 40,000 ...

Hutchinson Leader: Growing fellowship supports entrepreneur leaders

EXCERPT: “Have you ever had a great idea for a business or nonprofit that would make a difference? The Initiative Foundation of Little Falls wants to hear from you. It has teamed up with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, which is headquartered in Hutchinson, and the West Central Initiative to search 41 Greater Minnesota counties for ...