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.
University of Minnesota Extension research is delving into how leadership shifts in towns with substantial Latino populations.
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.
Three-quarters of Minnesota households now have high-speed Internet connections, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Policy and Development.
Ground Level is an MPR News project providing news coverage, resources, connections and conversations on important topics in Minnesota communities.