Nate Bean During the summer of 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to be the Humphrey School intern at the Center for Small Towns, researching child care access in Greater Minnesota. I couldn’t have spent my time working on a more important policy issue for Greater Minnesota. Through my research I developed case studies of […]Read more "Reflecting on Child Care Access in Greater Minnesota"
The Third Annual Native American Nutrition Conference took place between October 2nd-5th at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute. Every year, hundreds of people gather at this ever growing conference; this year, six hundred people attended. Thanks to the […]Read more "Native Foods Conference"
by Abbey Dickhudt Over July 24th and 25th faculty, staff, and students with interests in organic gardening and Native food sovereignty visited the Fond du Lac Reservation under the Institute for Advanced Studies grant looking into Indigenous Food Sovereignty. In planning the trip, the group worked with past faculty and members of the community to […]Read more "Students Visit Fond du Lac Indian Reservation to Learn About Food Sovereignty"
On April 18th, the Center for Small Towns hosted an event with Susan Brower, the head Demographer with the state of Minnesota. The event, entitled “Greater Minnesota’s Demographic Future: Trends Among Youth and Young Adults”, explored rural Minnesota’s shifting demographics and the implications of these shifts on the labor market and community engagement. As rural populations shrink and average ages rise, attracting new residents will become vital for the future of many small towns across Minnesota and throughout the country.Read more "Looking Into Minnesota’s Future"
by Collin Westgard On February 21st, 2018, the Center hosted “The Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America”, a panel discussion featuring Benjamin Winchester and Catie Rasmussen, both with the Center for Community Vitality at University of Minnesota extension, as well as Becky Adams, Recruitment Coordinator for the Blandin Foundation Leadership Program. The […]Read more "Reflections on the Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America"
By Margaret Doom On November 14 the University of Minnesota Morris and the Center for Small Towns hosted a discussion entitled “Diversity in the Post-Agricultural Rural Economy”. The discussion was facilitated between Ben Winchester, Brigid Tuck, and Jane Leonard and revolved around the continued development of rural areas and small towns around the […]Read more "Diversity in a Post-Agricultural Rural Economy"
Learn more about the Center for Small Town’s Community Project Program and how we can help youRead more "What Can the Center for Small Towns Do For You?"
One of the great things about Minnesota is that we have definite and well defined seasons. The fall is our time to harvest and give thanks for all we’ve gained and achieved over the year and it leads us into to winter, a time for stories and learning and figuring out the path forward. Right […]Read more "Looking Ahead with the Center for Small Towns"
This is the final post in a series about the potential impacts of automation in rural Minnesota. The first can be found here and the second here. Part 3: Factors that Drive the Pace of Automation This series of blog posts widens the focus on the impacts automation will have on overall employment in in Greater […]Read more "Rural Minnesota & the Automation Revolution – Part 3"
This series of blog posts widens the focus on the impacts automation will have on overall employment in in Greater Minnesota, and in particular, West Central Minnesota. Part two explores the potential impact in more detail by comparing the amount of jobs across the key job sectors in the West Central region to employment in sectors in Minnesota as a whole.Read more "Rural Minnesota & the Automation Revolution – Part 2"