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One Greater Minnesota is a multi-year reporting initiative. It's brought to you by TPT’s long-running public affairs weekly program, Almanac. Its purpose is to connect Minnesotans through multi-platform stories from across the state. We want to examine how we’re changing and how much we share from region to region. Funded by The Otto Bremer Trust, with additional funding from The Blandin Foundation, and The St. Paul Foundation, these stories encourage public discourse through regional forums and digital outreach, and aim to enhance public media programming in Minnesota.

One Greater Minnesota is a multi-year reporting initiative. It's brought to you by TPT’s long-running public affairs weekly program, Almanac. Its purpose is to connect Minnesotans through multi-platform stories from across the state. We want to examine how we’re changing and how much we share from region to region. Funded by The Otto Bremer Trust, with additional funding from The Blandin Foundation, and The St. Paul Foundation, these stories encourage public discourse through regional forums and digital outreach, and aim to enhance public media programming in Minnesota.

Childcare Shortages Stoke Fears About the Economy in Greater MN

  A resident of Thief River Falls, Minn., might not realize there's an acute shortage of childcare in the area - that is, unless they...

Find Out How Hallock, MN Defies Small-Town Trends

  Fewer than 1,000 people live in Hallock, Minn., but the northernmost town doesn't lack for vitality. From Michael "Mikey" Totleben's collectibles showcase at his...

The Woes of Dogsledding in Warmer Winters

  Minnesota winters are getting warmer. And that's worrisome to businesses in northern Minnesota that depend on cold weather, such as dogsledding firms in Ely....

Taprooms Bring New Life To Greater Minnesota

  Minnesota ranks thirteenth in the nation in craft breweries per capita. Its breweries bring in more than $2 billion dollars in economic impact each...

Tired of Political Partisanship? You’re Not Alone.

  If you're tired of all the partisanship in America, you're not alone. According to a new group called "Better Angels," there's a growing number...

Tour Some of Minnesota’s Yummiest Bakeries

  The local bakery has long been a mainstay in small towns across Minnesota. But changes in demographics and lifestyles have made keeping them open...

Get a Shot of Inspiration from the Poets of the Prairie

  The prairies of southwest Minnesota have long been the cradle of poets. It's the land of Robert Bly and Bill Holm. Add to the...

A Year After Olympic Gold

  When the U.S. men's curling team beat Sweden and won Olympic gold nearly a year ago in Pyeongchang, Korea, just about everyone in Duluth,...

A Poetry Movement Continues in Western MN

  Brendan Stermer, 23, of Montevideo, Minn., shares his poem, "The Other Montevideo." Stermer is among a new generation helping to keep a vibrant poetry...

Micronesians Part of Milan’s Future

  The first Micronesians arrived from the island of Chuuk in Micronesia in 2000. They settled in Milan, Minnesota, a small rural community with a...