In the Minnesota countryside, sheer isolation can make domestic violence both dangerous for victims and complicated for police. The nearest neighbors may be miles away. Cell phone reception is often poor. Transportation options, beyond driving, can be limited or nonexistent.
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Making do is a recurrent theme for the team of 16 officers, deputies, sheriffs and chiefs from a range of western Minnesota law enforcement agencies making up the West Central S.W.A.T.
One Minnesota business is experiencing a boom because more farms stand empty and farmers feel the need to provide their own security.
Since 2007, 20 Minnesota cities have disbanded their police departments to save money and others have trimmed officers. The state's local government budget crunch has hit the realm of public safety.
District Judge Jerry Seibel rides a circuit to preside over cases throughout western Minnesota. Increasingly, that means turning on the TV and manning a remote control.
Many law enforcement officials think airborne drones can make life safer, but the technology scares some.
A situation tailor made to overwhelm the emergency services of a small town turned into a model of local, state and even federal cooperation. Sometimes Homeland Security money does more than fight terrorism.
High copper prices are driving the trend, but scrap is also conveniently hard to trace, unlike, say, a television set or car.
Sometimes people need more than just a ride to work. A four-year-old program in northern Minnesota aims to provide transportation but also set low-income people on a better path.
Keeping elderly people like Glenda Noble in their cars is one way to address the economic and demographic factors that make it harder for many Minnesotans to get where they want to go.
Increasing demand and uncertain budgets have rural Minnesota transit systems looking to combine technology and personal service to become more efficient.
Nearly two years after more than $200 million in federal stimulus money was awarded to 18 Minnesota broadband projects, fiber shortages, price increases and red tape have delayed some efforts to extend high-speed Internet access in rural Minnesota.
Thursday March 8, between 11:30 and 1:00, MPR will host an online chat on about where our blossoming microbrew culture is headed, as part of our One Job at a Time project on entrepreneurism.
All a city needs is one person with a big idea and loads of enthusiasm to create a turnaround and spur small business growth. As economic development coordinator,Muriel Krusemark has had a hand in reviving Hoffman.
People in western Minnesota, an area stretching from Ortonville to Granite Falls, are hoping that focusing on creativity, art and handwork will lead to jobs and reverse the longstanding trend toward a declining and graying population.