Roger Rose and Tim Lindbergh comment on “the promises and problems of county fair survey work” from their experiences with a survey research project at county fairs in Minnesota last summer.Read more "Do County Fairs offer a Good Place for Survey Research?"
CST student Marcy Prince writes about the midwestern poetic tradition, and how it ties into global concepts of rural poetry. Like rural communities, rural poetry from different parts of the world have their own backgrounds and idiosyncrasies, but there is also a common ground to be found among them.Read more "A Common Ground: the Minnesota pastoral poem"
This is part 3 of a series by Kelly Asche discussing resorts in Otter Tail County. This final installment contains an outline of suggestions for Otter Tail County on improving conditions for resort business.Read more "Otter Tail Resorts: Part III"
This is part 2 of a series by Kelly Asche showcasing resort businesses in Otter Tail County. In Part 1, we gave an overview of an analysis comparing the economic impacts of resort guests compared to seasonal residents. The following narrative provides the results and themes from a survey of and discussions with resort owners.Read more "Otter Tail Resorts: Part II"
The first of a three-part series by Kelly Asche on the Otter Tail Resorts research project. Part I is an overview of the importance of resort guests to local economies.Read more "Otter Tail Resorts: Part I"
CST program coordinator Kelly Asche shares data from the recent workforce housing project and its implications on the broader conversation about housing in west-central Minnesota.Read more "Workforce Housing Project"
As part of an ongoing series on rural child care, Rebecca Haider dove into another of the hot topics surrounding child care today: cost and affordability. While a number of legislators, agencies, and advocacy groups are talking about the issue of cost, few seem to have a firm grasp on the statistics or impact in […]Read more "The Present and Future of Rural Child Care: Part IV"
Kelly Asche works with the programming and data teams at Center for Small Towns. Kelly is a lead organizer for the Symposium on Small Towns and works with development leaders from around the state to cultivate rural data and rewrite the rural narrative. As CST prepares for this year’s Symposium on Small Towns: Rural Housing – […]Read more "Baby Boomers & Rural Housing Trends"
As part of an ongoing series on rural child care, Rebecca Haider expanded on a previous post by looking into a number of regulations on infant care — a topic of great concern for providers and parents alike. Like many expecting parents, I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about baby products and […]Read more "The Present and Future of Rural Childcare: Part III"
Over the next 20 years rural Minnesota is going to see one of the largest demographic shifts in its history, and it will have large ramifications on housing supply and demand. A bold statement, I know. It was stated last week during the Center for Small Towns’ Symposium retreat; a meeting meant to outline and […]Read more "Rural Housing & the 2016 Symposium on Small Towns"