A report by Minnesota’s new broadband task force provides an overview of where the state stands in terms of high-speed Internet availability and adoption and what the important topics of discussion are.
Archives for December 2011
At the end of a three-month series called Forced to Choose, MPR News reporters reflect on what they found most intriguing about decisions Minnesota communities are making about their futures.
Perhaps the best places to look for local government reinvention are those forced to change by demographics and economics, writes reporter Jennifer Vogel.
Budget pressures are forcing Minnesota cities to examine how to spend less on public safety. Reporter Curtis Gilbert writes about how much agonizing local officials do when confronted by that necessity.
Economic, demographic and political change have pushed some small Minnesota towns to the brink of disaster, local leaders worry. Reporter Tom Robertson writes about the challenge posed by shrinking state aid.
After much discussion and debate, the city of Nowthen in Anoka County voted unanimously to contract with the sheriff for police services.
In Washington State, government programs are given concrete values that allow Legislators to compare and evaluate them.
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart has sent the city of Nowthen a list of law enforcement services he won’t supply if the city council doesn’t agree to pay the county.
A new Connect Minnesota report says that 57 percent of Minnesota households have access to broadband speeds that the state wants to achieve for everybody by 2015.
About 200 central Minnesota residents are in the midst of a two-year effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan a vision of what central Minnesota should look like by 2035.