Opinion

With the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on July 20, it made me wonder if that qualifies humans as an extra-terrestrial species. We have left our planet and walked on another world. If that doesn’t meet the definition, we may soon have people on Mars, and it could even be possible to maintain a...
How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. o Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a...
Wreath Time,   ‘Tis the Season   For the past couple of years Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, started selling wreaths for the graves as its only fundraiser for maintenance/ upkeep of the cemetery... All proceeds go directly to the cemetery and no one is paid for the making of the wreaths or in...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Do you know what the bedrock of any town is, rural or urban?  Community.  In this age of technology, it is very easy to isolate yourself.  You can be listening to a podcast on your phone while you are emailing for work and playing...
By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   As rural hospitals seek new ways to survive, a commentary in The Journal of Rural Health suggests that one new model could regionalize adult health care in much the same way it has been regionalized for perinatal care, the care given...
By Quint Studer   November 30, 2019, is Small Business Saturday. Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day—the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year—to encourage people to “Shop Small.” The financial services company reports that since the commemoration began, “Consumers have reported...
For the past couple of years Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples started selling wreaths for the graves as its only fundraiser for maintenance/ upkeep of the cemetery... All proceeds go directly to the cemetery and no one is paid for the making of the wreaths or in the placing of them on the graves....
By Derick Moore, senior communications specialist, U.S. Census Bureau   In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance...
At Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., two CEOs of iconic Midwestern companies spoke about why improving the quality of life in rural America is the best way to alleviate the struggles of the farming sector of the economy, Hadley Hitson reports for the magazine. “...
By Julie Tesch President, Center for Rural Policy and Development   Are county fairs a thing of the past? Ferris wheel. The weather is hot and steamy in Minnesota, so that must mean it’s county fair time. Growing up, the county fair was my favorite place on earth. It was the place where I got to...

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