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.
Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash
The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.
Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea
The three victims are related, according to police.
50,000 gallons of toilet wastewater leaks into Twin Cities lake
You may want to avoid this body of water.
Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota
The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.
Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle
Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.
Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building
Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.
BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN
Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.
Teen paddle boarders rescued after 'abrupt wind change' on Lake Superior
The rescue happened off Park Point Beach Saturday.
DFLer who was in labor during endorsement convention to run in primary
Maye Quade gave a speech while in active labor before she ultimately withdrew from the endorsing convention last month to give birth.
Valleyfair opens this weekend, reveals full summer schedule of events
New fare includes walking tacos, hand-scooped ice cream and deep-fried pickles.
Jury selection begins in trial of Buffalo clinic shooter, Gregory Ulrich
The Buffalo health clinic shooter is accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring four others last year.
Country churches suffer as rural areas lose people
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.
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.
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.
Survey: farming helps economy grow in rural states
The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there. The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58.5 in May from April's already healthy 57.1. Any score above 50 on the index suggests growth in the months ahead.
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.
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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