On this week’s Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie discuss the Center’s latest policy brief, “The Road Less Traveled.” Changes in everything from demographics to federal policy are creating conditions that will make funding Greater Minnesota’s highways and bridges even more difficult. The paper itself will be released next week. You can watch for it here at our blog’s new web address, ruralrealitymn.org.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Why the manufacturing boom in west central Minnesota?
This week on Rural MN Radio, Nancy Straw, president and CEO of West Central Initiative and a CRPD board member, discusses the growth in manufacturing jobs and wages in her region of the state and the programs that are helping foster those businesses.
Government shutdowns and the rest of America
On Rural MN Radio this week, Jim talks with Center CEO Brad Finstad about the effects the government shutdown has been having on rural residents, especially in terms of ag programs. How long will it take to get things up and running, and do we go through this again in a few months?
Roads and rural
Rural Minnesotans need to get their goods and themselves around. Jim speaks with guest state Rep. Clark Johnson, Nicollet County, about the importance of keeping up with our roads in rural Minnesota.
MnSure up and running
Even though the federal government is shut down, Minnesota’s new health care exchange service is up and running this week. This week on Rural MN Radio, Marnie and Jim talk with State Sen. Kathy Sheran and find out how not following the federal model has affected Minnesota’s venture.