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Top small town trends for 2022 By Becky McCray  Publisher, SmallBizSurvival.com   I’ve been following rural trends and writing about them since 2009. My trends reports have been commissioned or quoted by Main Street America, Emergent Research, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community...
In 2020, Central RSDP worked with Leech Lake Early Childhood Development to develop research-based outdoor learning and play spaces. See story below. Photo credit: Jordan Hedlund.
Central Minnesota residents with an idea to strengthen their community can now apply for partnership support from the University of Minnesota Extension Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (Central RSDP). Central RSDP supports local innovation by connecting community ideas to...
Very little election fraud found in review By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press   An Associated Press review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has found fewer than 475 - a number that would have made no difference in...
Time for some New Year’s outdoors resolutions Inside the Outdoors Mike Rahn   One of our more familiar cultural traditions is the annual ritual of the New Year’s resolution. We resolve to make life changes and improvements, to pursue new or revisited goals. Most of us have aspects of our lives...
CLC confronts food insecurity among local students   By Dr. Hara Charlier President of Central Lakes College   The success of our students is dependent on so many factors: An excellent learning environment, a strong culture of caring and exposure to unique, hands-on experiences, to name just a few...
Take COVID advice from doctor   Thank you, Dr. Albrecht, for taking the time to write the letter we read in the paper last week. I pray that more people take your advice. It is sad that we cannot just look around and see COVID has consequences and long term problems in many that contract the...
Infrastructure bill will benefit rural Minnesota By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar   In my travels across our state I often hear from people about the need to improve our infrastructure in rural areas. Minnesotans see problems with our infrastructure every day as they drive over one too many potholes...
Patients suffering horrible deaths from COVID   I’ve just finished a seven day stretch as a hospitalist. Lakewood is a critical access hospital that has a 25 bed capacity with two designated ICU beds. Normally we transfer severely ill patients to a higher level of care. I feel it’s important that...
  Surviving the holidays   By Sue Abderholden Executive Director, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness)   We’re heading into the time of year when a variety of celebrations are held: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Rohatsu, Feast Day of Our Lady of...
Haiti still in need   I am a short-term missionary of Healing Haiti, a Christian non-profit organization based in Minnesota. We have been doing work in Haiti since 2006, and I have been involved with the organization since 2015. Our mission is to elevate and reunite Haitian families to break the...

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