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A Down-and-Dirty Rural Definition
By Tim Marema Here are the words you don’t want to hear at the beginning of rural policy meetings: “Before we get into our topic, let’s take a quick look at how we are going to define rural.” There’s never anything quick about it. Hours later, after the last statistician, artist, organizer, or demographer has [...]
Manufacturing and todayâ€™s rural MN economy
In Minnesota, 826,000 jobs, $18.3 billion in wages and 16 percent of our GDP comes from manufacturing. Last week rural communities across Minnesota celebrated Manufacturers Week, “a statewide celebration that puts the spotlight on a crucial sector of the state’s economy.” From Red Wing to Sauk Centre, Bemidji to Pequot Lakes, Warroad to Aitkin, Minnesotans toured [...]
New report answers why unemployment rates are lower in rural Midwest, post recession
First, a staggering statistic: “Eighty-two percent of U.S. counties experienced job losses as a result of the recession.” WOW! But, there’s more… “Some places were hit much harder than others, and some have recovered more rapidly,” says a recent USDA report. Surprisingly, the Plains states in the Midwest seem to have made it out relatively [...]