Dave Peters Feature Archive

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. (03/29/2013)
People are dying faster than they're being born in more than a third of Minnesota's 87 counties now. (03/21/2013)
Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations. (12/14/2012)
Preguntamos a los minesotenses dentro del área de nuestra red Public Insight Network, dónde se estaban forjando conexiones entre los latinos y los anglosajones. (12/12/2012)
Las investigaciones de University of Minnesota Extension estudian los cambios de liderazgo en ciudades con significativas poblaciones latinas. (12/12/2012)
University of Minnesota Extension research is delving into how leadership shifts in towns with substantial Latino populations. (12/12/2012)
A Duluth brewery has figured out a novel way to use the leftover grain from the brewing process: feeding steer they hope will be soon be steaks served in one of its new restaurants. (11/29/2012)
Three-quarters of Minnesota households now have high-speed Internet connections, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. (11/15/2012)
Ground Level is an MPR News project providing news coverage, resources, connections and conversations on important topics in Minnesota communities. (10/19/2012)
The number of valid handgun permits in Minnesota has passed 100,000. That's about 19 permits for every 1,000 Minnesota residents. But permits to carry handguns are far from evenly distributed and, in fact, show up in a fascinating pattern. (08/08/2012)
A report from Connect Minnesota, the organization charged with tracking this progress, says the state has gained another few inches. (05/29/2012)
Unmet transportation needs in rural Minnesota range from getting to the Performing Arts Center in Pipestone, above, to finding a way to catch a bus to the Twin Cities. (04/25/2012)
Minnesota's fastest-growing transit system over the past five years? The one run by the small town of Montevideo. (04/18/2012)
A person doesn't have to just sit and wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on national health care reform. nstead sign up for one of about 40 two-hour conversations in the next several months around Minnesota that will let you talk about your own experience with the real-world balancing act among costs, care and health. (04/13/2012)
I went looking for my grandparents in the newly released 1940 Census forms but found my real reward when the face of Ardelle Neufeld, an 80-year-old woman I'd never met, lit up at BB's Diner in Mountain Lake. (04/06/2012)