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"
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"
As part of an ongoing series on rural child care, Rebecca Haider looked into a series of concerns raised at a recent Morris town hall event, namely surrounding licensing, training, paperwork, regulations, and how each of these impact the care that child care providers offer. A little over a month ago, Rep. Jeff Backer organized […]Read more "The Present and Future of Rural Childcare: Part II"
Roger Rose, Associate Professor of Political Science, joined Center for Small Towns as director in the summer of 2015. His teaching interests include state and local politics and policy, and his primary research examines what motivates people to serve local governments and nonprofits. Polls over the last couple of years have revealed a marked decline […]Read more "Rural Optimism and Volunteerism"
Ricky Rojas, a UMM senior, writes about his work with CST to create an online portal to rural data. Ricky breaks down not only the work, and how important rural demographics is, but also the human element in all CST’s data projects.Read more "Student Voices: Creating Easily Accessible Rural Data"
The online news service, MinnPost, published an article on February 11th titled, “How the metro vs. Greater Minnesota debate is playing out in the Legislature” which was very similar to an article published by the Star Tribune in January, “Urban-rural split in Minnesota grows deeper, wider”. The MinnPost article attempts to explain the political debate […]Read more "Staff Voices: "Rural", "Greater Minnesota", and "Far Flung Regions of the State""
The narrative of our rural areas can have a major impact on people retention and recruitment efforts. This past Sunday, the Star Tribune published a front-page article titled “Urban-Rural Split in Minnesota Grows Deeper, Wider”. The context of the article is based on the political shifts that happened in the last election cycle in our […]Read more "Staff Voices: Responding to the Star Tribune"