Monthly Archives: March 2020

In latest pre-COVID-19 jobs report, rural economy remains lukewarm

The latest federal jobs report shows continued weakness in rural employment, especially in agriculture-dependent communities. Rural America added jobs from January 2019 to January 2020. But the growth rate was about half the national rate. And many rural counties lost jobs during that time. Data released Friday by the federal …

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Commentary: A rural community takes into account the complexities of wind power

Residents of Murray County, Minnesota enjoy a small town atmosphere, knowing the people wherever they go, peace and quiet, and a strong sense of community. Murray, with an estimated population of 8,300, is a primarily agricultural county in southwestern Minnesota. As you drive through the meadow, you can see agricultural …

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