Opinion

At the recent Life in Rural America Symposium, journalists Ken Ward Jr. and Sarah Smarsh spoke about the relationship between “good journalism, community health, and our collective future,” Tim Marema reports for The Daily Yonder. Ward is an award-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter known for...
Nothing truly worthwhile is ever easy. This is especially true if you’re a rural community leader. Community issues are complex. Sometimes it’s hard to see the “whole” or what it all adds up to. Great leaders know that change starts small and builds from the ground up. It takes local leaders...
The Pulse captures the complexity of Minnesota   By Jennifer Bevis   Minnesota is often simplistically framed as “the metro” and “Greater Minnesota” — two distinct, sometimes divided, districts. Dig deeper, though, and that picture becomes a mosaic. People and places, environments and economies are...
On June 28, in Annapolis, Md., a small rose garden was dedicated in a park by the water in memory of the five Capital Gazette newspaper employees shot and killed one year ago. (Photo from The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, Md.)  
From 2008 to 2010, during and immediately after the Great Recession, federal food stamp spending had a much larger impact on rural economies than spending on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and unemployment insurance combined. That’s according to a new report by the...
Hats off to all who participated in and were part of the Lamp Camp Event.  It was just great, the kids were great. We are so lucky to have this event every year in Staples, please keep coming. If you missed it, that was your loss.   Sally Grove Staples, MN   Apology for one action    I moved the...
(From a speech given at the United States Women of Today Convention on June 15)   Hello Women of Today, thanks for inviting me to speak. I appreciate everything you have done for our family, from watching Nicky grow through this organization. I have learned how all the things at the state and...
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...

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