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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...
Summer is here, which means it’s also the season of summer festivals and fairs. Minnesota has a wealth of fun festivals and events for all ages to attend.  Many people will be traveling across the country as well this summer to attend their favorite summer festivals. Festivals and fairs are...
School is out, summer is here, and Explore Minnesota is ready to help travelers and residents alike make the most of the season. From outdoor adventures to picturesque parks and trails, summer festivals and, of course, our thousands of lakes (yes, more than Wisconsin), here are 10 fun and unique...
Are you a recent high school graduate and wondering what to do next? Are you thinking about a career in education? Are you newly retired and looking for something meaningful to fill your time? Are you at a crossroad in your career and needing a bridge to your next ‘call’ in life? Reading Corps may...
The Alzheimer’s Association 2019 “Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report illustrates that the burden of Alzheimer’s in our country and Minnesota is continuing to grow. As the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s continues to increase, we need to make sure people who are impacted...
There is an expression sometimes used to describe things that can be especially dangerous for us to touch or come in contact with. Its origin lies in electrified trains like those that run on the subways of New York City. Outside the two rails on which a subway car runs is a third rail that carries...
I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy, and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the public realm. I’ve come to believe that at the heart...
The 2019 Minnesota Food Share March Campaign has concluded. The numbers have been tallied and the fundraiser has once again been a rousing success. According to Summer Anthony, Program Manager for MN Food Share, “For nearly four decades, local businesses, faith communities, schools, and...
The board should reflect a consensus of the community. They are the residents, many of whom are parents and most are taxpayers, they vote in the school board and expect representation. Like anyone voted into office, they must represent the wishes of a majority of their constituency or risk being...
Are you between the ages of 18-35? Are you thinking about becoming pregnant? Even if you aren’t planning on becoming pregnant, did you know 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned? That means 50 percent of women who are pregnant are not expecting to be pregnant and may be using alcohol in the early...

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