Harvest time

Fourth-generation farmer Tim Velde, from near Granite Falls, gives us a quick update on this year’s harvest. Tim is the Farmers’ Union representative on CRPD’s board and also a member of the state rural electric cooperative board.

Tim Velde, part 1

Talking rural health care, part 2

Last week we talked with Randy Farrow, CEO of Mankato Clinic, and Julie Gerndt, chief medical officer, about the challenges of recruiting health care workers in rural areas. This week we talk about the financial challenges of providing health care in rural areas. Sources of payments in particular have been problematic, but new federal programs are helping rural providers survive better in low-volume areas.

Talking rural health care, part 2

Talking rural health care

Randy Farrow, CEO of the Mankato Clinic, and Chief Medical Officer Julie Gerndt join Jim to talk about some of the challenges with providing health care in rural areas these days. This week, the topic is recruiting health care providers to small towns, where they may have to become the jack of all trades, covering everything from the emergency room to delivering babies.

Health care in rural Minnesota, part 1

Some more with Steve Wenzel

This week we have part 2 of our conversation with Steve Wenzel on funding for MnSCU schools and its impact on Greater Minnesota. The history of tuition, for vocational schools in particular, lends some context to present-day funding issues. Steve is a longtime state legislator, former state director for USDA, and currently a professor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

A conversation with Steve Wenzel, part 2

What businesses want, part 3

When a business locates in one community, the benefits radiate out across the region, says Lisa Hughes, the southwest regional economic developer for the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development. This week, in the last part of our conversation with Lisa, we talk about how people like the idea of regionalism in their economic development, but the instinct for competition is still strong.

What businesses want, part 3