Rural Areas

Economy Remains Weak In Rural Parts Of 10 StatesA new survey suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states because the strong U.S. dollar is hurting exports and the bird flu is hitting poultry farms hard.
Minnesota Pushes Fast Broadband Service To HinterlandsThe high-speed Internet capability that's an afterthought in big cities and regional centers is spreading ever deeper into the nation's countryside. It has been nudged along by billions in federal stimulus dollars and state efforts to expand a key amenity for both quality of life and business competitiveness.
Gay Marriage Opponents Organize Rallies In Greater Minn.The chief political group opposed to legal gay marriage in Minnesota is taking its case on the road with a series of greater Minnesota rallies.
Less Access To Health Care In Rural AreasPeople living in rural Minnesota have less access to health care than city residents. That finding comes in a study commissioned by UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, a Minnetonka-based insurer.
AT&T Official Says Merger Would Help Rural AreasAn AT&T official says the company's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA would improve technology in rural areas of the upper Midwest, but some residents and lawmakers remain skeptical.
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