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Star Tribune Publishes Series on Growing Rural-Metro Divide

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The Star Tribune published part one in a three-part series on the growing rural-urban divide, called “Better Together.” The first set of articles focuses on signs of the widening gap.  View the series.

The Star Tribune reports that the divide is widening in Minnesota in key measures of age, income educational attainment, race and culture and those gaps threaten the state’s ability to reach its full potential and to provide all Minnesotans with an opportunity for a high quality of life.

In this series, the Star Tribune Editorial Board explores the divide and offers solutions for strengthening the state’s internal union. The series includes editorial content as well as a commentary from Star Tribune Columnist Lori Sturdevant and expert voices.


WEEK 1: DEC. 6

Signs of a widening gap

Star Tribune reports history shows that Minnesota functions better as one state, with urban and rural residents pulling together in the pursuit of shared goals. Columnist Lori Sturdevant and expert voices from throughout the state offer their perspectives on the health of a partnership that in decades past has made Minnesota better than the sum of its parts — from evolving cities such as Willmar to struggling regions like the Iron Range and mostly thriving metro areas.


‘Help Wanted’ in the city of Willmar

Closing the transportation divide