A task force is divided over recommending to restore a $75 million sales tax exemption for telecommunications companies that buy equipment to expand operations.
It's been a month and a half since this iconic border town lost nearly 300 good-paying paper mill jobs. The shock has subsided and tears have dried, but the work of rethinking what this company town might become is just beginning.
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We invited nine International Falls residents -- natives, newcomers, left-and-came-backers, old, young, layoff sufferers and entrepreneurs -- to the back room at the Coffee Landing to share with us and themselves the hopes and misgivings they have for this place.
The residents of Carlton and Thomson, two small towns southwest of Duluth, are voting Nov. 5 whether to consolidate. A vote in favor by both would mean Thomson would become an official neighborhood of Carlton at the end of 2014. If you're counting, that would reduce the number of Minnesota cities to 853.
The iconic paper mill in town has diminished and will shrink some more this weekend when part of the mill shuts down. Boise Inc. is reducing production, and, in the process some 265 high-paying manufacturing jobs are getting axed.
Ten percent of the nation's adults say they don't have broadband at home but do have a smart phone, says a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. On the other hand, the same report shows that phenomenon has done nothing to narrow the urban-rural gap.
Way last winter, we sent the photographer team of Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber crisscrossing the state to help us tell the story of "Fighting for an American Countryside." And they hit on an idea: Why not ask folks to finish this sentence: "My Town Is ..." They did. Here's the video.
In the running struggle to maintain good health care services in rural America, facilities called critical access hospitals are among the key players. If you know anything about them, you might have felt the shudder that ran through them Thursday.
MPR's four-year Ground Level project has explored rural Minnesota with one guiding quest: Where are people trying to fix things? We talked to hundreds of people concerned about everything from elderly care to entrepreneurs, and now we've put together our findings in an e-book and online.
One thing the Legislature did this week was raise the amount of money the state will send to local governments to help them provide basic services. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Dave Peters, who directs MPR's Ground Level project on community issues, about local government aid about how they might spend the money.
In the eyes of the federal government, urban Minnesota has just pushed a little farther into the countryside. What used to be a 13-county metropolitan statistical area now contains 16 counties.
People are dying faster than they're being born in more than a third of Minnesota's 87 counties now.
Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations.
Preguntamos a los minesotenses dentro del área de nuestra red Public Insight Network, dónde se estaban forjando conexiones entre los latinos y los anglosajones.
Las investigaciones de University of Minnesota Extension estudian los cambios de liderazgo en ciudades con significativas poblaciones latinas.