From Lancaster to Lanesboro, and from Luverne to Grand Marais, Minnesota’s rural youth have described their lives and choices. Click on a red-shaded county for links to their stories.
Despite sickness and the Haiti earthquake, “I don’t think I ever experienced so much joy as when I was there,” said Lacey Hewitt.
Andy and Spencer Olson of Emily, Minn., have been playing music professionally for over five years. Now they’re starting a recording company.
Skyler and Colee Johnson, along with their younger brother, Clay, have, found a way to carve careers and a business out of the north woods.
“I want to learn the ins and outs of every single thing I deal with,” says 24-year-old Jordan Bielefeld of Luverne, Minn.
Today’s video features five young people, all in their early- to mid-20s, during the recent run of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Commonweal Theatre.
She works with high-school agriculture teachers, students and others interested in agriculture, food and natural-resource education programs.
Bryan Crigler and Kate Foerster operate a 220-acre CSA operation, providing about 25 families with a wide variety of produce.
Cally Ingebritson supervises recruiters who find new migrant families and enroll their children into the Migrant Head Start program.
Jordan Tyler, Miles Tyler and Matthew Ruon talk about jobs, education, the economy and life in rural areas and small towns.
With a degree from the U, Dan Roberts has returned home at a time when the economy and trends in agriculture are squeezing many young people off the land.
How are those tensions experienced by young people? If you are under 25, we’d like to hear from you.
How would you describe the leaders in your community? If you are under 25, we want to hear from you.
What do you love about your community? What does it need? What would you miss? What would you be glad to leave behind? Tell us about your community.
“We’re losing 18-year-olds with no experience and life skills, but in return we’re getting educated people with job skills and networks,” says U of M researcher Ben Winchester.Jeff Severns Guntzel: Your rural community: What you love and wha
Where do you work? What do you do? What is the hardest part about your job? What is your dream job? Can you do it where you live now? No detail is too small.
Liz Rabbe and Dan Helvig are both products of FFA leadership, and it shows in the way they speak about education, agriculture, rural life and their futures.
In this video, Kaitlin Van Horn and Beth Holland take two children through FFA “mini-barns” at the Stevens County Fair — and talk about the economy and their career prospects.
In this video Elizabeth Olson of Hutchinson, Minn., takes her Holstein through the twice-daily ritual of milking at the State Fair, and talks about the dairy industry, her education and her future.Max About Town: A Week of State Fair Infogra