The University of Minnesota, founded on tribal land with a history of injustices against Native Americans, is now finding ways to reckon with that past.
“We want to make sure that if and when that growth hits us that we are prepared for it,” said Beth Carlson, the mayor of Lewiston.
This year, the third generation of Old Millers — John and Marna Keenan, who are in their 70s — enjoyed their first truly relaxing summer ever, after the family sold the historic ride in January to the State Fair.
Over time, an estimated 4,000 Somali residents have put down roots in Faribault. Some of those families have now lived in the Rice County city for more than two decades.
The state’s oldest winery fights its upstart competitors over what constitutes a Minnesota wine.
As the rural economy has evolved, so too has the University of Minnesota Extension, the public agency charged with “extending” the university’s expertise and knowledge into every corner of the state.
Since 2000, Barnesville has been attracting new residents at a steady pace, growing 18 percent to today’s population of about 2,500. Many have easy commutes to jobs in Fargo-Moorhead, just 25 miles away.
The presence of a new business along the main drag of this Sibley County town – and a high-tech one, at that – has generated some buzz in the community.
Nonprofit leaders usually hear three main reasons for immigrants moving to Greater Minnesota: access to jobs, affordable housing and desire to have a slower pace of life.
Michelle Miller Burns will arrive in August and will officially join the orchestra on Sept. 1; her initial contract is for five years.
Wilhelmina Holder left war-torn Liberia to become a University of Minnesota scholar, a mother to four U graduates, and an advocate for women, girls, immigrants, and refugees. For her next act, she wants to go back to Africa to help the country that assassinated her father.
Bemidji benefits not only from the money BSU pumps into the local economy but also from its cultural impact, which includes plays and concerts, athletic events, workshops and speeches.
The number of resorts in Minnesota has dropped by nearly half since 1985.
Farmers and other landowners in Chisago County have put up a dozen solar gardens, with another four now in the planning stages.
“I’ve been here for six years, and we’ve never done this before, and after today, we’re never not gonna do it again,” said Julie Jeppson, executive director of Stepping Stone.
On Feb. 10, Hmong Lucy — a statue created by St. Cloud-based artist Kao Lee Thao (aka Inner Swirl) – will be the main attraction at a reveal party in St. Paul.
How almost burning down a small part of Aitkin helped David Gillette become the man he is today.
Rural priorities include the passage of another bonding bill; another increase in LGA funding; money for street repairs in small towns; broadband expansion and bolstered child care options.
There are thousands of acres of farmland across Minnesota, but there is little room for young people who want to make a living on the farm.
“What I really hope to do is demonstrate, educate and just encourage others to take the plunge and get involved,” said Dave Smiglewski. Of the lack of civic involvement, he said: “It’s a real threat to community life.”