It’s pretty much acknowledged these days that the world runs on broadband, but at this week’s Border to Border Broadband Conference sponsored by the Blandin Foundation, surprisingly, we’re still hearing some of the same discussions community leaders were talking about 15 years ago: getting adequate broadband to communities and helping people understand why they need broadband. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim catches up with Bernadine Joselyn, the Blandin Foundation’s director of public policy and engagement, at the conference to talk about working with communities to help them plan and get broadband.
This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim continues his talk with Center CEO Brad Finstad on the implications of a rural win in the Minnesota House and also what missing that 5% margin means for the Independence party.
With the mid-term election over, Center CEO Brad Finstad and Jim talk about the influence rural Minnesota had on the election and will continue to have for at least the next two years. First of two parts.
This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk about her opportunity to be on a panel discussing some of the infrastructure issues in Greater Minnesota. The U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Policy hosted the panel to give its executive degree students a chance to ask questions about that financial conundrum of most rural communities, wastewater infrastructure. In the process, they learned it’s all about economies of scale.
There are plenty of opportunities to become a leader in rural Minnesota, and they’ll be needed in the coming years. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk with Nancy Straw, outgoing director of West Central Initiative in Fergus Falls about the issue.
This week on Rural MN Radio, we conclude our conversation with Steve Wenzel. We ask Steve what voters should be asking the candidates as they campaign and also what the role of governor is in keeping the state running smoothly.