The percentage of Minnesotans using high speed internet access through broadband has increased in the last two years. But rural Minnesota users have a way to go before catching up with urban dwellers on broadband access. That’s according to a new study released by the Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter, MN. Read more →
Archives for September 2010
Cities and towns need to start building strategies that capitalize on infrastructure that is already in existence, instead of building new infrastructure, as well as consider downgrading current improvements in order to gain resiliency.
In a recent Curbside Chat in Baldwin, Charles Marohn examined old mechanisms of growth that will not be feasible in the future. He calls these “dead ideas.”
It’s important to understand terms associated with accessibility.
“There’ll be more coming and next year even more.”
Zumbrota city officials want to know why the record flood stage of 23.2 feet on the Zumbro river didn’t cause more damage than in the previous flood in 2005, when the river also hit 23.2. Zumbrota city administrator Neil Jensen thinks the new, wider Highway 58 bridge may have had something to do with it. Read more →
If uncertainty were a line item, many Minnesota city budgets would list it. As for quantifying it? One partial measure is the number of mediation cases taken on by the tiny state agency, the Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS). From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 the BMS saw a doubling of its caseload Read more →
About as long as Hutchinson has had a forester, the city has earned a place on the national roster of Tree City USA. For three decades, Hutchinson forester Mark Schnobrich has pruned boulevard trees, applied for grants and has given free advice to residents with questions about their own trees. Because the city expects less Read more →
Brainerd needed a way to resolve a budget problem. The north central Minnesota city relies on local government aid for about 40 percent of its revenue and that state aid revenue was cut by about one fifth in fiscal 2010. If every service was in line for a trim, why not streetlights? After a summer Read more →
A curbside chat aimed at leaders in the Princeton/Baldwin area will be held at Baldwin Town Hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 21.