Folks from the General Accountability Office, a non-partisan fact-gathering agency serving Congress, visited Mankato this week to learn more about what small business owners needs are when it comes to broadband. Jim and Marnie go over some of the discussion.
RMR: 4/24/13 Small business and broadband
One thing about being out of town is that you miss things that happen at home. Big things. Take for instance the ice storm that hit southwestern Minnesota last week. In Dallas I heard something about the National Guard and that was about it. Now, a week after the storm, I’ve been reading bits here and there about the city of Worthington losing half its trees, the damage done to people’s homes and nerves, and the fact that all of Nobles County was without power.
One Worthington blogger I read today commented that compared to what happened in Boston this week, we have to keep things in perspective. To me, though, both incidents also serve as a reminder that after the cameras and reporters have gone home and your story doesn’t show up on the evening news anymore, there’s still a lot of work to be done, whether in Nobles County or Boston.
So congrats to Nobles Cooperative Electric on their announcement today that, with help from their neighbors, they have restored power to all 4,200 of their members.
And thanks to the Southwest Initiative Foundation for setting up a disaster relief fund for the Nobles County area to help with cleanup and rebuilding.
Now this is how you really get things done.
Marnie discusses the recent Rural Policy Leadership Institute, where attendees learned new strategies for setting goals and achieving them.
Rural MN Radio, 4/17/13: Rural Policy Leadership Institute
Brad and Jim discuss how the legislative session is progressing and where things are at in mid April as bills move from committee to the House and Senate floors. Will having both the legislature and the Governor’s office controlled by the same party have an impact on the process?
Rural MN Radio: 4/10/2013, Legislative update
As the Minnesota Legislature debates the budget, we wonder if the process would be easier if it went back to being more like making sausage.
Rural MN Radio: 4/3/2013, Making Minnesota’s budget
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