WELLS, Minn. — Former New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg ventured into rural Minnesota on a campaign stop to discuss the issues pressing rural America's farmers. Winter winds whipped through the fields of the Johnson family farm located in the town of Wells, population 2,200, when Bloomberg arrived on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Gathered around a large spool-turned-table in a machine shed, Bloomberg asked the Johnsons — who have owned and operated their southern Minnesota farm for four generations — what their biggest concerns are.
ST. PAUL — While the United States' overall economy has picked up steam in the decade since the Great Recession, some parts of America still lag behind. A United States Department of Agriculture report released in November illustrates the urban-rural divide, which has, by some metrics, deepened over the past 10 years.
ST. PAUL — South Dakota Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune and Minnesota Democrat U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar are urging the Federal Communications Commission to prioritize "sustainable" rural broadband technology that will last for years as it looks to allocate $20.4 billion in federal communications funds.
PIERRE, S.D. — Days after a report found that less than half of South Dakota high school graduates are considered college- or career-ready, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais made a public push for the state's technical skills programs. Peering over students' shoulders at their auto mechanics and welding coursework, Noem and Zais at a Thursday, Sept. 19, visit to T.F.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she is "likely" going to seek federal disaster relief dollars through yet another presidential disaster declaration after tornadoes and epic floods have devastated the eastern part of the state this week. Noem took to Facebook Live Tuesday, Sept.
PIERRE, S.D. — In her continued battle against hemp, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem now says she will veto any hemp legalization bill in the 2020 legislative session should it land on her desk.
PIERRE, S.D. — Don and Becky Bergeson live only a 15-minute drive from South Dakota's state Capitol building. Over the course of the six-mile drive, the landscape transforms from Pierre's small-town atmosphere to rural, sprawling prairies punctuated by ranch homes and dirt roads. The Bergesons love it here; it's quiet and private, but close enough to town to grab a gallon of milk when you run out. But despite being close to everyday conveniences like Walmart, they didn't until this week have reliable access to what's considered a basic necessity in 2019: high-speed internet.
PIERRE, S.D. — As harsh weather continues to bear down on South Dakota , Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is requesting the White House grant two additional presidential disaster declarations to cover a total $11 million in additional damage.
PIERRE, S.D. — When a reported "rash of suicides" among tribal youth hit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in early 2015, JR LaPlante said leaders were "confounded." The onslaught claimed five young lives in a matter of two months, prompting leaders to declare a state of emergency.
PIERRE, S.D. — As the federal government looks to "close the digital divide" in rural communities across the country, South Dakota will receive nearly $4.9 million over the next 10 years to invest in rural broadband. The Federal Communications Commission announced in a Monday, Aug. 12, news release that the commission is allocating $121 million in funding over the next decade to bring broadband to nearly 37,000 rural homes and businesses in 16 states.