Friday, January 27, 2023


A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.


Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.


Public schools have been caught up in

Friday, January 27, 2023

MN Navigates School Funding as Poll Shows Support for More Aid

A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Thursday about the governor's proposed spending plan for education. As these talks unfold, public polling …

A national report says only 48% of prime-age workers in rural communities are protected through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act because rural businesses are more likely to be small and fall outside the FMLA's coverage. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Measuring Paid Leave Access in Rural MN

Researchers have said rural communities face a host of unique challenges, and access to paid leave is one of them. Advocates hope the needs of rural …

According to a 2022 Gallup poll, 38% of Americans have no trust at all in newspapers, TV and radio. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

News Literacy Week: Keeping Up the Fight Against Misinformation

Today is the start of National News Literacy Week, and according to a Minnesota expert, trust in the media remains low. But there are still plenty of …

When people are trying to flee a violent conflict in places like Ukraine, they are often aided through information and resources provided by nonviolent peacekeepers. (Adobe Stock)
MN Group Applauds Funding for 'Unarmed Civilian Protection'

Humanitarian groups, including one based in Minnesota, pointed out global conflicts have been pervasive in recent years. And in those trouble spots…

Minnesota's electric utilities have already reached a goal of 25% renewable-energy generation by 2025. But supporters of a new standard say the climate crisis has created a sense of urgency to revise the goal. (Adobe Stock)
MN Puts Proposed "100% Carbon-Free" Goal on Fast Track

Minnesota has surpassed the goals it set more than a decade ago for renewable-energy standards. But as the climate crisis grows larger, there's a …

Those behind a new report calling for a more robust behavioral-health workforce say like other professions, the pandemic has placed a lot of strain on provider networks around the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Mental-Health Workforce Has Capable Help Waiting in Wings

Like many other states, Minnesota has its share of provider gaps when it comes to mental-health care, and a new report cited steps Congress and other …

Advocates say Amazon's Minnesota operations fail to provide a safe workplace, stable employment, and adequate compensation to its workers, who are disproportionately Black and include many East African immigrants. (Adobe Stock)
MN Warehouse Workers: Unsafe at Any Speed?

Consumer demand for delivery companies like Amazon is not going away. But some people in Minnesota want more protections for workers filling orders …

In the Minnesota Legislature, there's a prospective price-gouging bill for emergencies, and violators could see a maximum penalty of $25,000 per day. (Adobe Stock)
Bill to Prevent Price Gouging in Emergencies Surfaces in MN

From supply shortages at the start of the pandemic to recent inflation spikes, consumer prices have sometimes been linked to claims of price gouging…

Minnesota has always been among the states with high voter turnout, but Democratic leaders say democracy concerns on a larger scale are prompting them to pursue legislation to increase access to the polls. (Adobe Stock)
MN Part of Push to Expand Access to Voting

State legislatures across the country have reconvened, with many expected to take up election policy, including Minnesota. At the state Capitol…

One of the provisions in a proposed Minnesota bill to restore driving privileges to undocumented people is data protection, so that agencies wouldn't be able to share a person's immigration status. (Adobe Stock)
MN Debates Drivers' Licenses for Undocumented People

It's been two decades since Minnesota stopped allowing undocumented people to apply for a driver's license. But there's renewed momentum in the …

Leading up to the pandemic, fewer men were attending college. But the pandemic appears to have prevented more women from enrolling soon after high school. (Adobe Stock)
Fewer Women Enroll in College; Racial Equity a Factor

Higher education experts say a concerning trend has emerged in the pandemic - declining college enrollment among young women. Those pushing for …

Summit Carbon Solutions has plans for a $4.5 billion project to collect carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, and store the CO2 underground in North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)
MN Sets Application Rules for Carbon Pipeline Review

Minnesota regulators are putting together plans to review a proposed carbon pipeline for the western part of the state. A meeting held Thursday set …


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