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Economic concerns linger in rural Minnesota

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A new statewide survey released by the Blandin Foundation finds Minnesotans in rural areas are less optimistic about the economy than people in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The study, called Rural Pulse, found 56 percent of rural Minnesotans thought there are a lack of local job opportunities that offer a living wage, compared to about 40 percent of respondents in the metro area.

"Recovery hasn't made it to all people," Kathleen Annette, president of the Grand Rapids-based foundation, told MPR. "And there are those in rural communities that have less optimism. And those are primarily those that are making less than $35,000 a year, and they're older than the age of 35."

MinnPost says the need for high-quality jobs continues to be the top priority for 36 percent of rural Minnesotans — more than twiceas important as education.

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