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Ep 12: Julie Ring, Association of Minnesota Counties

So just what is the Association of Minnesota Counties? Our President and CEO, Julie Tesch, talks with AMC’s Executive Director, Julie Ring, about the association that supports and advocates for Minnesota’s 87 counties. This year of Covid has been especially challenging for county governments. Julie discusses the difficult issues counties have faced and are still ...

KARE-TV: Getting beyond the divide in Greater MN

EXCERPT: “According to data from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, 73.38% of voters in Morrison County voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. In fact, Morrison County voters gave the president his widest margin of victory in the state at 52.73%. But what could be considered startling by some: is that this county hasn’t ...

Fortune: Land O’ Lakes CEO calls for big federal spending on rural broadband

EXCERPT: “Land O’ Lakes CEO Beth Ford called for $100 billion in government spending to expand high-speed Internet access to rural and underserved areas, and close the ‘digital divide’ that is costing residents their jobs, education, and progress. Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum, Ford was echoed by HP CEO Enrique Lores, who said the coronavirus pandemic has ...

Ep 11: CRPD Research – Census and redistricting in Rural Minnesota

On this episode Julie Tesch and Marnie Werner talk about two topics that only come around every ten years, the Census and legislative redistricting. They discuss  why redistricting is so important but has been so troublesome in Minnesota history, the role of accurate census data and how a salamander became a symbol of democracy in ...

AGDAILY: Rural Americans now have a map to 2,300 free Wi-Fi locations

EXCERPT: “The gap between city and rural access to broadband has always been apparent, but it was made painstakingly clear during the coronavirus pandemic. In response, several organizations partnered to launch the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map. The map provides a free resource to help the public locate more than 2,300 free Wi-Fi ...