As we were wrapping up work in International Falls this week for the Daily Circuit special “Rethinking a Company Town,” the federal Economic Research Service put out a sobering view of rural employment. This is how our friends at the Daily Yonder put it: “Folks looking for good news in the 2013 “Rural America at Read more →
Check out an MPR News chat between Ground Level journalists Dave Peters and Jennifer Vogel and Davy Rothbart, co-director of the documentary “Medora,” a film about the central role that a losing basketball team plays in a small town’s sense of identity. Read more →
Bridging the digital divide in rural America requires investment in people’s capabilities, not just technical infrastructure, an officer with Minnesota’s Blandin Foundation told Congress today.
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What can data show us about the changing rural Minnesota landscape? Here’s a chance to show what you can do. Read more →
We asked International Falls residents how they might reinvent the community in the wake of a declining paper industry. We heard everything from using the great-tasting water for beer to hoping an entrepreneurial graduate comes back with a big idea. Read more →
Greg Chester in Cass Lake built a second wall around the inside of his house to conserve heat. Noreen Thomas in Moorhead grows her own wheat and then uses bicycle power to grind the flour to make bread. Elizabeth Dickinson in St. Paul installed solar panels seven years ago and has generated as much power Read more →
Some Minnesota communities have begun generating their own energy, partly to save money, partly to use available resources more wisely. It’s a local issue that ties directly into global complexities. Read more →
American Futures, a project on reinvention and resilience by The Atlantic and Marketplace, looks at national economic and political phenomena through the lens of small-city America. Keep an eye out for reports from Read more →
There’s been increasing talk lately that the push to get everybody on the Internet will get a boost as smart phones become ubiquitous. Even people who don’t have broadband service at home, because of cost or for some other reason, will get on the Internet via their phones, the argument goes. So perhaps we don’t Read more →
There isn’t a huge skilled worker shortage yet, says an economic analysis by the Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter. But if one comes, rural Minnesota, beset by aging demographics and competition from the Twin Cities, Fargo, Sioux Falls and the North Dakota oil fields, will feel it first.
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