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Feds: Rural job growth flat

As we were wrapping up work in International Falls this week for the Daily Circuit special “Rethinking a Company Town,” the federal Economic Research …

'Rural America at a Glance'

The annual snapshot of economic conditions in nonmetro America shows fewer jobs, more poverty and a declining population.<p>Folks looking for good news …

Big business in ecotourism

WASHINGTON — Bird-watching, hunting or just picnicking. Whatever the reason, visits to the nation’s 561 wildlife refuges are big business.<p>Timothy …

Propane shortage affects Minnesota farmers

A shortage of propane is hampering farmers and grain elevators as they attempt to dry corn.<p>It's worse than in 2009, the last time a high percentage …

Kinder Morgan

Unemployment Down, but So Is Workforce

A lower unemployment rate in August disguises a disturbing trend in the rural economy – a continuing decline in the number of workers.<p>The …

Rural manufacturing leads Minnesota rebound after years of contraction

CEO Chris Carlson of Sportech is headed toward a record revenue year, with nearly 200 full-time and temporary employees at two plants operating round …

Manufacturing

If worker shortage comes, rural Minnesota will feel it first

The number of high-paying manufacturing jobs is growing faster in rural Minnesota than in the Twin Cities. But if the much-talked-about potential for …

Rural Counties Lose Another 10,000 Jobs

Rural areas lost 10,000 jobs in the last year. During the same period, metro counties and counties with small cities added nearly 2 million jobs.<p>The …

Ecologists deploy goats to eat buckthorn on Miss. River bluffs

Gallery<p>Stay Informed<p>The news on your schedule from MPR News Update<p>See our Privacy Policy. Must be age 13.<p>Herbicide didn't work. So hungry goats it is …

Manufacturing Jobs To Grow Fastest In Outstate MN

Manufacturing is a crucial component of Minnesota’s economy—and jobs in the sector, which pay more on average than occupations from most industries, …

Smart phones aren’t reducing the rural Internet gap

There’s been increasing talk lately that the push to get everybody on the Internet will get a boost as smart phones become ubiquitous. Even people …

Fighting for an American Countryside | Ground Level

English-as-a-second-language classes in Morris reflect the way the complexion of some rural towns is changing.<p><b>Small communities</b> tend to have fewer …

Minnesota farm country's newest crop: the arts

Across Minnesota, small towns and farms are busy putting the culture in agriculture. Whether making colorful prints with rhubarb or turning an old …

Museums

Xcel invests in wind turbines for Minnesota landowners

MELROSE, Minn. — Xcel Energy is giving a financial boost to a first-of-its-kind Minnesota project that aims to install small wind turbines on private …

Dorset's 4-year-old mayor re-elected

Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to preschool yet, but he's already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher

Gallery<p>View full gallery<p>Stay Informed<p>The news on your schedule from MPR News Update<p>See our Privacy Policy. Must be age 13.<p>The spindly camelina plant …

Rural Economy Growing At Healthy Pace

The rural economy continued to grow at a healthy pace in July, although expectations for lower grain prices and farm income slowed the rate of …

Crop insurance rule causing confusion for some

Last year's drought has contributed to confusion over crop insurance rules for some Upper Midwest farmers who couldn't get a crop in the ground this …

Smithsonian seeking farm stories for new exhibit

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 - In an effort to tell the story of how much agriculture has changed, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History …

New workforce development model realigns education with employment opportunities in rural Minnesota

Minnesota leads the nation in the demand for highly-skilled workers. According to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, by 2018, seventy …

Rural Voters Worry Small Towns Are Dying

But a public-opinion poll shows that rural residents – especially younger ones – are generally optimistic about the future and willing to fight for …

Frac mining’s pros and cons: Debate focuses on southeastern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

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Economy Strong In Rural Parts Of 10 States

<b>OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —</b> The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states remains strong as healthy rainfall this spring helps crops get …