Former Senator To Lead Rural Minnesota Advocacy Group

Fresh off a five-year career at the Minnesota State Capitol, former Sen. Matt Schmit will take the lead of a new project with advocacy and policy research group Growth and Justice. The group aims to develop policies that stimulate economic prosperity throughout the state. Schmit will work from his hometown of Red Wing as the…
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Greater Minnesota Child Care Shortage Called A Crisis

By Maureen McMullen,  Kaysey Price and Don Davis, Forum News Service Linda Hanisch often is the among first to know when a woman in her area is pregnant. Hanisch, director at Learning Circle in Red Wing, said parents’ hunt for child care openings typically starts in the early stages of pregnancy. “If you’re a first-time…
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Communication, Regulation Changes Seen As Child Care Improvement Keys

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Better communication and streamlined regulations are parts of the solution to a greater Minnesota child care crisis, according to key Republicans who will control the 2017 Legislature. Greater Minnesota home-based child care providers are dropping out, often to go to work elsewhere for far more money. Since 2006, the…
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In Rural Minnesota, Residents Facing Economic Challenges, Opportunities

Rural Minnesotans are happy, to a point. They are optimistic, to a point. They see local jobs available, to a point. “It is kind of a mixed bag,” Executive Director Brad Finstad of the Center for Rural Policy and Development said. On the down side, for instance, the farm economy suffers from the lowest prices…
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Percent Of Minnesota Early Voters By County

Thanks to David Montgomery of St. Paul Pioneer Press for mapping the early votes. It should be noted that some counties show a high percentage because all voters may cast mail ballots in rural precincts.