2013 Rural Pulse: Rural/Urban Research

Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

2013 Rural Pulse: Rural/Urban Research

Rural Pulse™ is a research study that has been commissioned by the Blandin Foundation since 1998 to gain a real-time snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. This initiative was last conducted in 2010 and served to identify trends within significant, complex subject areas including the economy, education, employment and quality of life. Past studies have also included canvassing opinions within the Foundation's "home" area as well as among Blandin Community Leadership and Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program alumni.

The Foundation chose to undertake this effort again in 2013 to accomplish the following objectives: Understand the issues rural residents and leaders prioritize within their communities; Learn if community needs are being adequately addressed;Compare and contrast issue movement in comparison to past Rural Pulse studies; and, new for 2013, Gain an understanding of how the opinions of urban Minnesotans and those of ethnic and cultural differences compare to at-large findings.

This particular documents compares the attitudes of rural Minnesotans versus those who live in Minnesota's urban areas.

May 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota

Rural Pulse 2013: Overview

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

Rural Pulse 2013: Overview

How are rural Minnesotans experiencing their communities? What are their priorities? How are they weathering storms? We conduct the Rural Pulse periodically to find out.

The 2013 Rural Pulse is the largest and deepest poll we have ever undertaken. For the first time, we also tapped the opinions of urban residents and looked deeper for racial and cultural perspectives.

The bottom line? Minnesotans across the board remain very optimistic about their futures. We also share a belief that rural communities offer tremendous quality of life and that Minnesota is stronger when rural voices are heard and differences are appreciated. Threatening optimism, however, are very real concerns -- still -- about the economy.

Minnesota communities are not unlike the ecosystem of the state itself -- a network of mutual interdependence in which even the smallest towns play their own vital role. Cities, suburbs and exurbs are linked to the communities, villages and townships of rural Minnesota in complex and profound ways.

Blandin Foundation stands with rural community leaders as they design and claim ambitious, hopeful futures that benefit all residents. Rural Pulse 2013 helps us to see where Minnesota still has some work to do.

May 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota

2013 Rural Pulse Research - Executive Summary

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

2013 Rural Pulse Research - Executive Summary

Rural Pulse™ is a research study that has been commissioned by the Blandin Foundation since 1998 to gain a real-timesnapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. This initiative was last conducted in 2010and served to identify trends within significant, complex subject areas such as the economy, education, employment andquality of life.

Past studies have also included canvassing opinions within the Foundation's "home" geographical area as well as among Blandin Community Leadership and Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program alumni. The Foundation chose to undertake this effort again in 2013 to accomplish the following objectives: Understand the issues rural residents and leaders prioritize within their communities; Learn if community needs are being adequately addressed; Compare and contrast issue movement in comparison to past Rural Pulse studies; and, new for 2013, Gain an understanding of how the opinions of urban Minnesotans and those of ethnic and cultural differences compare to at-large findings. The Blandin Foundation also is providing an urban dimension to this year's study, made possible through support from the Minnesota Community Foundation.

This document is the executive summary of this research study

May 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota

2013 Rural Pulse: Foundation Home Area Research

Community and Economic Development, Education and Literacy, Employment and Labor

2013 Rural Pulse: Foundation Home Area Research

Rural Pulse™ is a research study that has been commissioned by the Blandin Foundation since 1998 to gain a real-time snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. This initiative was last conducted in 2010 and served to identify trends within significant, complex subject areas including the economy, education, employment and quality of life.

Past studies have also included canvassing opinions within the Foundation's "home" area as well as among Blandin Community Leadership and Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program alumni. The Foundation chose to undertake this effort again in 2013 to accomplish the following objectives:Understand the issues rural residents and leaders prioritize within their communities; Learn if community needs are being adequately addressed; Compare and contrast issue movement in comparison to past Rural Pulse studies; and, new for 2013, Gain an understanding of how the opinions of urban Minnesotans and those of ethnic and cultural differences compare to at-large findings.

This particular document concerns the difference in attitudes between rural Minnesotans and those in the Foundation's "home area" - defined as the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area, including the communities of Blackduck, Hill City, Northome and Remer.

May 2013

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Minnesota

Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers

Community and Economic Development;Education and Literacy

Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers

Outlines challenges for rural high schools such as funding inequities and advantages such as parental support. Recommends best practices and policies for improving standards, accountability, student options, teachers, community support, and resources.

February 2010

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

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