What makes a community livable?

There’s a lot of talk lately about attracting workers to our communities, but how are we going to compete? Author Jay Walljasper talks with us about a series of reports he’s writing for the McKnight Foundation’s “Food for Thought” series. Walljasper is visiting towns around the state to see how they’re doing and what they’re doing to make their communities a better place to live.

What makes a community livable?

A look back at Legacy funding

This week we share the first of a two-part conversation with State Rep. Dean Urdahl (Litchfield), chair of the House Legacy Committee. The Legacy Amendment to the state constitution has been in effect since 2009, and Jim and Rep. Urdahl talk about where and how much of that funding has been going since then.

Legacy funding, part 1

New research in using our renewable resources

There’s a lot of potential in Minnesota for finding new uses for our renewable natural resources, says Dave Ladd, Hutchinson native, CRPD board member, and president of RDL Associates, a government relations firm. Minnesota is already a leader in this research area and it’s promising some exciting new products like new bio fuels and natural-based chemicals for businesses to market nationally and globally.

New research in developing our renewable resources