Profiles of people who are taking action in the health care industry in rural Minnesota to make their communities better.
Dr. Susan Wasson in Osakis is a throwback to a different time in health care but she also represents dissatisfaction with the current system.
At least by some measures, Cook County in far northeastern Minnesota, has the worst Internet service in the state. Thanks to federal stimulus dollars, this is poised to change. But residents hope high-speed won't change everything about this remote, beautiful county.
Across the state, companies, cooperatives and municipalities are building broadband networks in rural areas that have been underserved. Ground Level has covered some of these projects on this blog, especially public efforts and those that have received federal stimulus dollars.
Rural communities are hoping that better connectivity will make it feasible for more people to live and work farther from the city. They hope it'll stave off a pattern of out-migration that's been draining young people from their towns and farms for a century.
Across rural Minnesota, cities, counties, cooperatives and companies are planning or building broadband internet networks. The goal is to provide even those who live in the remotest parts of the state with high-speed internet in order to foster job growth, better health care and increased educational opportunities. The most optimistic observers think telecommuting and other internet-based endeavors could help stabilize the populations of rural areas.
Minnesota cities and counties encouraged by Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan to restore funding for local-government aid might want to hold off on the celebrations.
With the goal of forever eliminating state local government aid money from the operating budget -- city officials came up with a plan that involved Grand Rapids borrowing money from itself to invest and prepare for the future.
Among the leaders in using volunteers to provide government services, Red Wing gets about $100,000 a year worth of volunteer labor to weed and plant parks, water flowers, repair picnic tables, gather trash, maintain signs and more.
Cities have shared costs for years, but now they're under pressure to save even more money that way, and some are combining efforts on everything from sewage treatment to food inspection.
It might sound like a wonky matter of fiscal management, but a bill that would give Grand Rapids the ability to levy a general fund sales tax represents the leading edge of a larger debate regarding how cities generate money.
Discusiones acerca del futuro seguido llegan al tema de la Tecnologia, especificamente al Internet de banda ancha, la cual algunos ven como la llave al exito economico del Condado Todd.
Los Latinos empezaron a llegar al condado de Todd hace mas de una decada, principalmente para tomar trabajos dificiles y relativamente bajos de sueldo, procesando carne. Ahora son mas de mil personas.
En el bien iluminado sotano que sirve de oficina principal para Whole Farm Co-op en el centro de Long Prairie, unos cuantos agricultores estan sentados alrededor de una mesa, saboreando galletas horneadas en la localidad y bebiendo kefir, producto lacteo hecho tambien localmente.
Cerca de una ventana con cortinas de encaje, un registrador de velocidad de la policia resopla como si reviviera.