’Tis the season for retail

This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk with Jennifer Pontinen, program director at the Small Business Development Center at the U of M, Duluth. Retail is surviving and in many places doing just fine in Greater Minnesota, Pontinen says, but when the big box comes in, local store owners need to get creative to set themselves apart.

Rural retail

Resources for women in ag

Nearly half of all ag land in Minnesota is owned by women, but traditionally this group has run up against barriers that hold them back from running really effective farm operations. This week Jim talks with dairy farmer and CRPD board member Eunice Biel about one program in particular that is helping women gain the information and training they’re looking for.

Women in ag

Broadband

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.

Broadband communities