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.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Sept. 27
This week's report represents data collected Sept. 21-27.
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Country churches suffer as rural areas lose people
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U of M study finds a 'brain gain' in rural Minnesota
Reports of the demise of rural Minnesota seem to be greatly exaggerated. While it's true that college-aged residents are leaving rural counties, research by a U of M sociologist finds people in their 30s and 40s and migrating into rural areas. And bringing educational degrees and earning power with them.
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Survey: farming helps economy grow in rural states
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Energy advocates want to bring small-scale wind to rural areas
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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.
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