Opinion

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...
From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   City leaders from Greater Minnesota are calling on Governor Tim Walz and legislators to pass a large public works package that invests at least $1.5 billion in infrastructure needs throughout the state. That message was the main theme that emerged...
• Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60 degrees and 67 degrees farenheit. • Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a creative project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked. • Show smoe love to someone in your life....
By Marnie Werner  VP Research Minnesota Center for Rural Policy and Development   Over the last few years, I’ve been digging a lot into the child care shortage and the difficulties it’s causing for parents of young children around rural Minnesota. One problem in particular for working parents with...
By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog   Veterans Day is a time to remember that veterans are twice as likely as civilians to die by suicide, and nearly 17 veterans a day kill themselves. Greater awareness is leading to greater efforts to address it, and that’s important in rural areas, where most vets...
The sports world was gobsmacked when Iceland’s men’s soccer team qualified for the last World Cup soccer tournament. Their women’s team is also a rising power in European soccer. The question asked is “how does a tiny country, that only has daylight for half the year, become a power in a popular...
At Central Lakes College, we want our students to be successful. It’s why we’re here and our number one goal. So when paying for college is a barrier for some of our students, we work hard to make sure finances don’t prevent someone from pursuing their educational dreams. Here are some important...

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