Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned “North by Northwest: Rural Resilience in Northwest and North Central Minnesota,” an essay by Jay Walljasper exploring opportunities and challenges in Brainerd, Fegus Falls, and other communities in the northwest corner of Minnesota.
We’ve all heard the following claims about small-town Minnesota:
Rural Minnesota has been devastated by 50 years of “brain drain.” Small towns can’t keep up with the cultural amenities the next generation needs. Only major employers and multimillion-dollar investments can make the difference
And yet none of these popular narratives holds true. Read the rest of this entry »