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.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota listens to health experts give suggestions Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, about how to improve rural health care. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Franken Pushes Bills To Help Rural Health

Rural Minnesota needs medical healing, and U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he has part of a cure. The Minnesota Democrat said Monday that he is pushing three bills to help bring better medical services to rural areas: — One would provide more ways to get to health-care services, including increasing payments to those who provide…
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Greater Minnesota Issues On Legislative Agenda

Greater Minnesota issues dominated much of the legislative debate in 2015 and likely will again this year as control of next year’s Legislature could be decided in rural areas. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders fielded a question about what a successful rural session would look like at a recent Forum News Service-sponsored forum. “It’ll…
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Political Chatter: Franken Talks Rural Health Care Woes

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is taking on rural health care in his second term. The Minnesota Democrat is co-chairman of the Senate Rural Health Caucus and has traveled the state discussing the topic. “The conversations were vivid and personal, but also immensely practical,” Franken told the National Rural Health Association on Wednesday. “What became clear…
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