Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer lunch

Who feeds our children during the summer? The May 29 Rural Minnesota Radio program talks about just this question. The Center is releasing a mini-research piece this week on what children in the free and reduced-price lunch program do for meals during the summer. The infographic shows another example of issues rural and metro counties have in common and the barriers in rural counties that make it difficult to make this program work.

Who feeds our children during the summer?

Taking the Rural Pulse, part 2

In this second half of Jim’s interview with Dr. Kathleen Annette, they talk about other findings of the Blandin Foundation’s Rural Pulse survey, including rural Minnesotans’ top priorities, optimism in spite of challenges, and the fact metro residents agree that the rural voice is not being heard.

Blandin Foundation’s Rural Pulse survey, part 2

For more on the Rural Pulse survey, visit


Taking the Rural Pulse

This week on Rural Minnesota Radio Jim talks with Blandin Foundation CEO Dr. Kathleen Annette about the foundation’s newest edition of their Rural Pulse survey. This survey, started in 1998, asks rural Minnesotans what they’re thinking on topics ranging from the economy to leadership in their community to the future. Next week, Jim continues his conversation with Dr. Annette.

Blandin Foundation’s Rural Pulse survey, Part 1

For more on the Rural Pulse survey, visit

Overview of 2012 Rural Minnesota Journal

For those who may have missed it, we’re releasing an overview of last year’s Rural Minnesota Journal. The 12-pager contains summaries of all the excellent articles in this online publication discussing how who lives in Minnesota is transitioning from one generation to the next. Articles cover subjects such as rural leadership, how the volunteer pool is changing, where retiring Baby Boomers will live, and preparing the workforce for future jobs. Click here to view the overview at our web site,

Minnesota and water

Who would think Minnesota had issues with water? Water issues are very real for our state, though, and the opportunity to address them is now. Marnie and Jim discuss how taxpayers shouldn’t ignore where our water comes from and how it’s used.

Minnesota and water