A growing number of rural Midwestern churches -- where generations have been baptized, married and buried -- are closing their doors as rural America loses residents to cities and suburbs. "There’s a kind of sadness to see the rural decline,” one observer says.
Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg to headline Duluth rally
The rally will take place at Leif Erikson Park on Oct. 1.
Stella's Fish Cafe closes temporarily to investigate viral rodent video
The Uptown restaurant said it was closing temporarily so it could investigate the claims.
Walz, judge in dispute over Feeding Our Future case
A Ramsey County judge disputed Walz's claims that the Minnesota Department of Education was ordered by the court to resume payments to Feeding Our Future.
2 dead, 1 with life-threatening injuries in Hwy. 7 crash
Both drivers were not wearing their seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.
15-year-old Richfield football game shooting suspect arrested
A 16-year-old accused of instigating the altercation is also in custody.
3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights
Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.
Woman dies after becoming trapped in Waseca house fire
Police tried to enter the home but heavy smoke prevented them from getting inside.
Eden Prairie-based crypto company files for bankruptcy
The company operates crypto-mining centers.
1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash
The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.
School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo
None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.
Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting
Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium
Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube
Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.
Trend: People in 30s, 40s moving to rural areas
People in their 30s and 40s have continued to move to parts of rural Minnesota, new research shows -- perhaps drawn by a higher quality of life, a slower pace, more security, cheaper housing and a better place to raise children. The results add nuance to larger trends of population decline, young people leaving and elderly populations increasing in rural areas.
Social Security cuts would hit rural areas hardest
In Minnesota's metropolitan counties 14 percent of residents receive Social Security benefits. In rural counties it's more than 23 percent.
Rural areas considering how to deliver library services in a post-Bookmobile age
Beltrami County - like other rural areas around Minnesota - has decided the venerable old bookmobile is no longer the most cost-effective way to provide library services to residents far from any brick-and-mortar library. OK, then what is? There's not exactly any consensus on that yet.
Energy advocates want to bring small-scale wind to rural areas
An energy task force in the Mankato area wants to power farms and other rural properties with small-scale wind turbines. The group says it would be easier to generate local power with small windmills than large-scale turbine farms, which often run into political quagmires.
'Church hoppers' drawn to multiple congregations
A small but growing group of Christians nationwide known as"church hoppers" worship at multiple Christian congregations, often of different denominations. Pastors say it can be tough to build relationships with the roving faithful – and they can't be counted on as much to give their time and money to a church.
Wayzata church settles suit with city
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka will be allowed to build a house of worship on a residential parcel of land after all. A 2010 federal suit alleges that the city's blockade of the project was a violation of the church's First Amendment rights to free speech and religious worship.
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