The number of Cook County’s residents with solar electric systems is roughly 10 times the statewide average, says Department of Commerce.
In many small towns across Minnesota, town teams remain a source of pride, as well as recreation and entertainment.
Leaders are recognizing that Legion posts around the state must change with the times if they want to thrive.
To an extent, transit systems in rural Minnesota respond to riders’ needs. While many buses travel fixed routes, others routinely deviate from set routes to pick up people who have called dispatch centers for rides.
The centerpiece of the Crosby-Ironton School District’s recruitment initiative is an online video that emphasizes the area’s outdoor lifestyle, the district’s innovations and its support for teachers.
As many as 1,000 refugees have come to or been resettled in Grand Forks over the past decade, from Bosnia, Iraq, Burundi and other nations. Most recent arrivals, about 100 a year, are Somali and Bhutanese.
“Winona is a city that truly gets the arts,” said Lee Gundersheimer, managing director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. “And they know what it can do for a community.”
Cold Spring has key ingredients for rural retailing: proximity to lakes country, shops that sell specialized products not easily found in mainstream stores, and a network of civic support.
Small districts on the Iron Range are exploring how they might work together — taking advantage of their unique position as beneficiaries of the mines — to build modern schools.
While some of these organizations eventually shutter or fail to achieve their goals, U of M demographer Ben Winchester sees their expansion as a sign of civic health.
A $16 million project will bring broadband to 20 cities in Renville, Sibley, Nicollet and McLeod Counties. Mille Lacs County hopes a feasibility study now under way results in similar improvements.
For many leaders in rural Minnesota, the conventional wisdom – that its small towns are stagnant; that it offers little cultural richness; that all the kids grow up and move away – has long felt frustratingly overdone.