A new book by the Brookings Institution argues that we have entered an era in which American cities take center stage. It holds lessons for rural America as well. Read more →
When a man with a dislocated knee came to the emergency room in the small city of Appleton, in western Minnesota, he was treated by a doctor who had never worked on this particular condition. But the doctor was able to hit a button and consult on camera with a specialist in another location. Read more →
DULUTH, Minn. — It’s harder to find allies for rural healthcare in a polarized Congress in Washington, a rural health policy official told attendees of the Minnesota Rural Health Conference here this morning. “We have lost a lot of the moderates,” said Maggie Elehwany, policy vice president of the Kansas-based National Rural Health Association. “We’ve Read more →
DULUTH, Minn. — “Stuff is going on right now and it’s getting really aggressive.” That was the message this morning to several hundred Minnesota health-care providers, hospital administrators and medical students from Eric Shell of the consulting firm Stroudwater Associates. Shell, whose firm is based in Maine, was the opening speaker at a two-day Minnesota Read more →
Three years ago, the federal government started funneling more than $200 million in stimulus money into Minnesota to make it easier for residents to use the Internet. Most of that money is paying for private companies, cooperatives and local governments to lay fiber and install other hardware in places like Cook and Lake counties in Read more →
MORRIS, Minn – Lucky for small towns, many of the things they do best, like growing local food and wine and making things by hand, are now in vogue. That was the message at a filled-to-the-brim seminar on tourism and rural economies during the final day of the two-day Rural Arts and Culture Summit at Read more →
MORRIS, Minn. — If you want to get people in your small town interested in arts as an engine for job and business growth, the first step is to avoid the word “arts.” That was one of the messages delivered this morning at the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, a two-day conference at the University Read more →
A group of University of Minnesota graduate students and professors will run and bike across Minnesota in order to show farming innovations to school kids.
A new Blandin Foundation survey of rural Minnesotans shows sunbstantial contrasts among regions, particularly between the southwestern prairies and the northeastern woods.
Stimulated by a report suggesting rural Minnesota has lost influence, some 30 representatives of foundations, the University of Minnesota extension, and regional and state officials started work on an effort to organize a rural voice.