Minnesota Public Radio features by Dave Peters http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30664 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:38:32 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Dave Peters http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Primary 2014: Hagedorn wins GOP primary in 1st District Primary 2014: Jim Hagedorn defeated GOP endorsee Aaron Miller in the primary to determine who runs against four-term Rep. Tim Walz. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/1st-district-primary?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:20:23 -0500 Study: Chemicals spreading in Minnesota groundwater A state and federal study of Minnesota's groundwater has found increasing evidence of consumer and other chemicals known as 'contaminants of emerging concern.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/26/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-cec?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:19:21 -0500 Deluge doesn't end groundwater concern The recent heavy rains have been a drought-buster, leaving Minnesota entirely drought-free for the first time in a long time. But that's not the same thing as ending concern about the state's groundwater, Jim Stark, director of U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota, told MPR News' Cathy Wurzer on Morning Edition today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/06/deluge-doesnt-end-groundwater-concerns/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:08:18 -0500 Legislators agree to spend $20 million on broadband Senate and House conferees agreed late Wednesday to spend $20 million on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota, marking the first time lawmakers have decided to put money into building faster Internet connections. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/05/legislators-agree-to-spend-20-million-on-broadband/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 17:11:31 -0500 8 facts about Minnesota farming Stray Minnesota facts from the 2012 ag census released Friday. For bar bets and trivia games. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/05/6-stray-minnesota-facts-from-the-new-farm-census/?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2014 09:25:07 -0500 Senate approves tougher water permit rules for DNR The measure would give the Department of Natural Resources authority to fine unpermitted groundwater users up to $20,000 dollars. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/04/senate-approves-tougher-water-permit-rules/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:11:11 -0500 Why not just pipe water into White Bear Lake? Homeowners and businesses near the shrunken lake have sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, arguing it should not have been so free with allowing nearby cities to pull water from the ground, thereby sucking water away from the lake. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/03/why-not-just-fill-up-white-bear-lake-from-one-of-the-rivers/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:30:50 -0500 In Minnesota, should water cost us more? We're on a cusp, says Rep. Jen Wagenius. By that she means many Minnesotans are starting to think differently about water -- how much of it we have, how contaminated it is, how we should use it to make it last, what we pay for it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/should-water-cost-us-more/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:21:27 -0600 Where did everybody go? Census data and the Minnesota migration Hennepin County had a bigger net out-migration than any other Minnesota county, although it's not what you'd expect. They were headed to Fargo. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/02/where-did-everybody-go-literally/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:04:18 -0600 Task force calls for $100M for broadband fund Minnesota should put $100 million of its surplus into a fund to help pay for broadband infrastructure in parts of the state that now are poorly served, a state task force studying the issue is recommending. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2014/01/state-should-put-100-million-into-broadband-fund-says-task-force/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:56:45 -0600 Broadband access task force divided on tax exemption A task force is divided over recommending to restore a $75 million sales tax exemption for telecommunications companies that buy equipment to expand operations. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/12/who-knows-best-where-to-deploy-broadband-access-task-force-divided/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:39:14 -0600 Rethinking a company town: International Falls tries to forge new future Last year, 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/daily-circuit-ground-level-international-falls?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Willing success in International Falls 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/11/willing-success-in-the-back-room-of-the-coffee-landing/?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:11:42 -0600 Last year's flood pushes two towns closer to consolidating 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/10/last-years-flood-pushes-two-towns-closer-to-consolidating/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:31:15 -0500 Can International Falls reinvent itself? 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/09/can-international-falls-reinvent-itself/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:52:48 -0500 Smart phones aren't reducing the rural Internet gap 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/08/smart-phones-arent-reducing-the-rural-internet-gap/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:32:21 -0500 "My Town Is . . ." video gets legs. What's your town? 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/08/my-town-is-video-gets-legs-whats-your-town/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:55:27 -0500 Federal recommendation could whack rural hospital budgets 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/08/federal-recommendation-could-whack-rural-hospital-budgets/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:11:32 -0500 Across Minnesota, 'Fighting for an American Countryside' 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. http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2013/08/fighting-for-an-american-countryside-in-minnesota/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:20:34 -0500 More state money to flow to local governments 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/lga?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 09:06:40 -0500 Twin Cities 'metro' creeping further into countryside 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. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2013/03/metro-area-creeps-further-into-rural-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:25:49 -0500 Deaths and births in Minnesota. Where are they? People are dying faster than they're being born in more than a third of Minnesota's 87 counties now. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2013/03/immigration-may-explain.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:48:01 -0500 Ground Level: Making Connections Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations. /projects/2012/12/ground-level-latino-connections/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:09:11 -0600 Latinos y anglosajones: ¿Siguen enfrascados en juegos paralelos? Preguntamos a los minesotenses dentro del área de nuestra red Public Insight Network, dónde se estaban forjando conexiones entre los latinos y los anglosajones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/ground-level-latino-connections-pin-espanol?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Investigaciones de University of Minnesota Extension: Conecta primero, dirige después Las investigaciones de University of Minnesota Extension estudian los cambios de liderazgo en ciudades con significativas poblaciones latinas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/ground-level-latino-connections-leadership-espanol?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 U of M research: First connect, then lead University of Minnesota Extension research is delving into how leadership shifts in towns with substantial Latino populations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/ground-level-latino-connections-leadership?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Duluth brewery's local beer-beef cycle 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. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/11/beer-and-beef-coming-full-circle.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:27:40 -0600 Broadband adoption in Minnesota hits three-quarters but slows Three-quarters of Minnesota households now have high-speed Internet connections, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/11/duluth----three-quarters-of-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:30:41 -0600 Ground Level Ground Level is an MPR News project providing news coverage, resources, connections and conversations on important topics in Minnesota communities. /collections/groundlevel/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:49:12 -0500 Why does Minnesota's handgun permit map look like this? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/08/handgun-permits-more-prevalent-in-ne-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:21:59 -0500 Broadband availability inches up again in Minn. A report from Connect Minnesota, the organization charged with tracking this progress, says the state has gained another few inches. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/05/broadband-availability-inches-up-again.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 16:19:06 -0500 Carless in rural MN: 'You better have a friend' 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. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/04/getting-to-the-concert-in-pipestone-and-other-unmet-needs.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:40:15 -0500 Why Montevideo's tiny bus system is the fastest growing in Minn. Minnesota's fastest-growing transit system over the past five years? The one run by the small town of Montevideo. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/04/more-people-are-getting-there-in-montevideo.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:02:52 -0500 Health care reform doesn't have to be a spectator sport 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. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/04/health-care-reform-doesnt-have-to-be-a-spectator-sport.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 1940 Census lights the path to the past 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. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/04/making-ardelle-neufeld-smile.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:18:29 -0500 Is wireless the answer to rural broadband issues? Wireless keeps getting better as an answer to rural areas' high-speed Internet needs. But some people worry that even as it solves some problems it could relegate areas to second -class service. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/03/rural-and-wireless-problem-solved.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:18:49 -0500 The Data on Entrepreneurship: First it went up but lately it's gone down. The data on entrepreneurship: 5 ways to look at Minnesota's entrepreneurial culture http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/entrepreneurship-data?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:44:07 -0600 Local leaders ask state for more flexibility Leaders from Minnesota's cities, counties and school districts have banded together to plead for more flexibility from the state to let them try new ways of delivering local services. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2012/01/leaders-from-minnesotas-cities-counties.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:20:26 -0600 Shocked by your tax notice? Look again If you just opened your truth-in-taxation notice and are stunned to see how little your house is apparently worth, take a deep breath. What may have plunged is your "taxable market value," which is not the same as what your house might fetch on the market. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/11/shocked-by-your-tax-notice-look-again.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:44:53 -0600 Property taxes are rising for most, early estimates show Will the budget agreement the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton reached last summer leave Minnesota's property taxes higher next year? In a word, yes. But a caution: This is Minnesota, and when you talk property taxes, things get complicated. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/11/did-the-legislature-raise-property-taxes.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Kelliher to lead Dayton's new broadband task force Gov. Mark Dayton has named Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former Minnesota House Speaker and 2010 candidate for governor, to lead a new task force aimed at expanding the use of broadband in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/11/dayton-picks-new-broadband-task-force.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:50:29 -0600 St. Paul property taxes go down for some, up for many The numbers for St. Paul are among the first available as the property tax season cranks up. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/10/st-paul-property-taxes-going-down-going-up.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 11:49:28 -0500 Ground Level: Cleaning Minnesota's Water MPR News' Ground Level project looks at Minnesota's water pollution challenges and how some residents are tackling them, river by river and lake by lake. /projects/2011/09/ground-level-water/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:25:21 -0500 Should the state bond for broadband? One way to further develop broadband Internet infrastructure in Minnesota is to allow broadband projects to be included in state bonding requests, said Rick King, chief technology officer for Thomson Reuters. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/08/should-the-state-bond-for-broadband.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:16:31 -0500 Dayton creates new broadband task force, promises action this time Gov. Mark Dayton says he's re-creating a broadband task force for Minnesota. He wants it to report on the state's needs by the end of the year but, more importantly, come up with a set of recommendations for improvement a month later. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/08/dayton-creates-new-broadband-task-force-will-it-change-anything.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:57:52 -0500 Trends and stories in rural health care Minnesota Public Radio's Ground Level blog is looking for your ideas about improving health care in rural Minnesota. Doctors, nurses, paramedics and other providers from around the state have contributed insights about the special challenges they face providing care in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/rural?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:03:41 -0500 Market value credit could disappear, raise property taxes When Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders struck a budget deal last month, lots of attention was paid to the $200 million cut to Local Government Aid, what the state had promised cities to help with their local budgets. Another change got less attention. But the elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit could have an even bigger impact on your property taxes. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/08/market-value-credit-disappearance-property-tax-sleeper.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:20:20 -0500 Rural health care in Minnesota: a primer Rural areas long have had difficulty maintaining hospitals and attracting doctors, but political, economic and demographic changes are adding to the burden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/ground-level-rural-health-care-primer?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 A chance to give something back to the land Service trips in the wilderness give people an opportunity to see land they otherwise wouldn't, and to become part of a constituency of quiet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/peters?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Getting rural businesses to see Internet value The greatest portion of those unconnected to the Internet say the reason is they aren't interested and see no need. Dozens of people from around Minnesota who are trying to change that notion gathered in St. Cloud on Wednesday. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/04/why-doesnt-everybody-use-the-internet.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:24:06 -0500 Wilder report: Education surges past economy as Minn. concern Minnesota residents' concerns about the economy apparently have eased, and education and government budgets now top the list of what people worry about when it comes to the state's quality of life, according to a new Wilder Research report. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/03/wilder-survey.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:39:35 -0500 Minnesotans 'solve' budget problem: reform, please Faced with a need to make important government budget decisions, Minnesotans say they would rather reform the way education, health care and social programs work than simply reduce spending on them. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/03/minnesotans-try-to-solve-budget-problem-reform-dont-just-cut-spending-tax-but-only-if-its-fair.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:21:06 -0600 Minnesota cities increase reliance on property taxes, spend less Minnesota cities have continued the trend of relying increasingly on property taxes to pay for the services they provide, a state auditor's report shows. The report shows that over the past decade cities have both raised property tax revenue and spent less money overall. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/03/minnesota-cities-increase-reliance-on-property-taxes-spend-less.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 08:39:49 -0600 Central Minnesota launches ambitious 2-year planning effort For the next two years, a couple hundred people in central Minnesota will be arguing -- with civility they hope -- about how to fix transportation, housing, land use and the economy. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/02/central-minnesota-launches-ambitious-2-year-planning-effort.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:06:53 -0600 New Minnesota broadband report makes disparity clear The state Commerce Department and the organization Connect Minnesota on Thursday are going to unveil the latest report on the status of broadband availability in the state, and it shows again the wide disparity in access to the Internet around the state. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/02/new-minnesota-broadband-report-makes-disparity-clear.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:08:22 -0600 National broadband map shows areas lacking good Internet access As many as one in 10 Americans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities such as watching video or teleconferencing, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It unveiled a detailed online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available in every last corner of the country. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/02/kick-the-tires-on-the-national-broadband-map.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:32:45 -0600 Broadband money starts flowing to create 'culture of use' Last month, money started flowing through a stimulus grant aimed at getting more Minnesotans to make better use of the broadband access they already have. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/02/what-good-is-rural-broadband-ask-these-people.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:32:44 -0600 Will Sibley join the push for public broadband? More than 50 elected officials -- county commissioners, city council members, township board supervisors -- gathered in the Arlington Community Center last night to inch ahead a plan to lay fiber optic lines to every home and business in the county plus those in and around neighboring Fairfax in Renville County. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/01/will-sibley-join-the-push-for-public-broadband.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:43:55 -0600 Minnesota broadband status report: Mixed at best The people charged with tracking whether Minnesota is keeping up with broadband access to the Internet have produced their first tally, and you have to conclude the picture is mixed at best. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/01/1st-state-broadband-status-report-mixed-at-best.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:35:54 -0600 Ground Level: Are community broadband networks faster than the metro area? Partly because of the federal stimulus and partly for other reasons, people all over Minnesota are pushing projects to improve broadband access to the Internet. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/11/are-community-broadband-networks-faster-than-the-metro-area.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:50:14 -0600 Fiber optic to farm: Should farmers pay more? Residents rural central Minnesota have launched started a conversation, not just about whether to build a fiber optic network that would give them world-class Internet access, but about how to share the cost burden between town and farm. /collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/11/fiber-to-farm-should-farmers-pay-more.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:32:31 -0600 Local food movement searches for better system Signs of a growing local food movement are everywhere. You can see them, at Saturday farmers markets and on restaurant menus. Local apples are now served at school cafeterias. There are community gardens in city neighborhoods and small towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/local-food-peters?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Pew study: 95,000 illegal immigrants in Minnesota That number is down from an estimated 110,000 a year earlier. The numbers are deep in a national report that says illegal immigration has dropped for the nation as a whole, partly due to the poor economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2010/09/pew-95000-illegal-immigrants-in-minnesota.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 15:45:57 -0500