Perham A Poster Child For Workforce Housing Needs

More than 70 percent of people who work in Perham commute to the picturesque community of 3,000. If affordable housing were available in town, more workers in the community’s factories could live close. But as it stands, booming Perham is one of Minnesota’s most often used examples of the lack of workforce housing. “Perham is…
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Greater Minnesota Housing Problem: Too Much Risk

The deck is stacked against the development of housing for the workforce in greater Minnesota. Private developers prefer to build in the Twin Cities and other large communities. They see higher risks in greater Minnesota, largely because many of the areas short of housing rely on one or two major employers. If one closes to…
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Greater Minnesota Has Jobs, But Not Enough Homes

The story is that greater Minnesota loses population because there are not enough jobs. However, many greater Minnesota communities actually have plenty of jobs, leaving areas short of housing for workers that businesses and industries need. Some industries have resorted to busing in workers and some have helped finance housing in an effort to attract…
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Franken Hand ‘Tightly Around My Butt Cheek’

One moment at Minnesota’s Great Get Together was not so great, a woman says about her photograph with U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Franken’s hand “was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek” as her husband snapped a photo, Lindsay Menz said. “Like ew, I want to wash that off of me.” Menz told CNN for a…
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Mille Lacs Band Rallies For Police

The Mille Lacs Indian Reservation is becoming a haven for drug dealers and other criminals, band members say. “People now show up on our reservation because they believe it is a police-free zone,” band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin told about 100 at a Minnesota State Capitol Rally Monday, Nov. 20. Mille Lacs County and the…
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