The Minnesota program that feeds state aid to cities will see a big boost in 2014, but local levies are still increasing as cities contend with rising costs and take on delayed road improvements and other projects. Read more →
A two-year planning process to envision a better central Minnesota in 20 years is nearing a key point — selecting 22 “champions” to push and cajole local governments, businesses and others to take steps to improve handling of housing, natural resources, the workforce and more.
At a meeting in Baxter on Tuesday, more than 100 people gathered to comment on draft recommendations for a central Minnesota regional plan.
State policy binds Minnesota cities on how they can raise revenue, and how much they can tax. And if state aid to those cities continues to be cut, then what will be the refuge for small city budgeters? Likely it will be trimming or ending services.
Nearly 200 people attended an Initiative Foundation-sponsored “community vision” session to consider the future of Brainerd.
Two counties, three cities and a township have been comparing notes and sharing expertise around Gull Lake near Brainerd for the past five years.
MPR News’ Ground Level looks for places people are getting their hands dirty, building sustainable places to live.
The Initiative Foundation is helping Brainerd residents address the future, and Ground Level wants to hear about efforts like that around the state.