Does your community resemble White Bear Lake, or Fergus Falls, two communities we've visited so far? Do you have the same economic challenges or different ones? Join our online discussions or share your insights and help MPR cover the news.
Discuss: Public budget, personal impact
"I for one am scared. We are a one income family, have a special needs son. I have yet to see my yearly cost of living wage increase that the city I work for and live in always gives us."
- comment from beth h.
Discuss: Funding higher education
"With the job market as dismal as it is, and expected to only get worse, the only refuge for many recent/soon-to-be high school graduates is some form of post high school education."
- comment from Mark Jepsen