It’s a rite of summer. Farm Fest is upon, running Aug. 4-6 at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. This week on Rural MN Radio, Samantha Castro of IDEAg, which operates Farm Fest, tells us about Rural Broadband Day on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and why they have chosen to devote a day to this important topic.
Monthly Archives: July 2015
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.
The visible effects of Legacy funding
In the second part of our conversation with Rep. Dean Urdahl, he and Jim look at some of the ways Legacy funding is being used around the state for clean water, habitat restoration, the arts, and renovation of historic places. State Rep. Urdahl (Litchfield) is chair of the House Legacy Committee.
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.
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.