Rural MN Losing Influence 07 Jan 13

A new survey by the St. Peter-based Center for Rural Policy and Development has found that businesses and community leaders generally believe that rural Minnesota has lost influence in decisions made in government and the private sector. Center for Rural Policy and Development Executive Director Brad Finstad says that there seems to be a “diminishing voice” for rural communities, and they’re seeing more of a “Town A vs Town B” mentality, with no one voice speaking for rural Minnesota. He says communities “need to take the blinders off” and use a more statewide approach when working on issues.