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Morning Edition: 10 ton roads and small town leader burnout

Posted at 5:21 PM on November 6, 2006 by Bill Wareham

The tons of farm goods hauled across Minnesota every year are enough to make a rural road groan under the weight. You see, many of our roads weren't built to handle the 18-wheelers that have become increasingly popular for hauling commodities. Dan Olson reports on how rural interests are pushing to beef up state highways.

In some of Minnesota's rural communities, it's getting harder to find folks who want to run for office. Experts blame everything from an aging population to overworked community leaders and even a disdain for politics. Tim Post takes a look at this phenomenon and what one community is doing to respond.