Housing and jobs: A dynamic duo

Housing and jobs go hand in hand. Without jobs, there’s no one to buy houses, and without housing, there’s no place for workers to live. This week on Rural MN Radio, we talk with Dawn Hegland, CRPD board member and executive director of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, about the importance of good housing stock for attracting employees. First of two parts.

Housing and jobs, part 1

Rural health care round table

Round table meetings with Sen. Al Franken are giving Greater Minnesota health care providers a chance to tell the federal government how things are going in rural health care and how things could be better. This last week Marnie attended the round table in Mankato and gives a review of the discussion.

Rural health care round table

Providing for our seniors, part 2

We continue our conversation on senior services in Greater Minnesota this week, talking about who takes care of our older friends and relatives. Rural communities are less likely to have assisted living and in-home services, and so friends and family help out. Health care providers are also facing a serious shortage of health care workers and leaders are looking at ways to address the problem.

Providing for our seniors, part 2

Strengthening rural Minnesota part 2

The Blandin Foundation has spent its history  (and its funds) strengthening rural Minnesota, particularly in the area of leadership. This week we continue our conversation with Wade Fauth, vice president at Blandin and a CRPD board member, talking about leadership and how important it is to help rural people lead productive, civil conversations with each other and make good decisions about the future of their communities.

The Blandin Foundation: Strengthening rural Minnesota, part 2