Minnesotans have built a prosperous life from a land of fertile prairies, deep forests, and sparkling lakes and rivers. But the people and communities closest to these natural splendors, and who serve as stewards of these assets, are less well off on average than urban and suburban Minnesotans. Greater Minnesota is important, valuable and deserving of sufficient and strategic public investments to preserve and enhance rural communities and their economies.
These facts provide important perspective for developing a state strategy toward improved vitality for rural and non-metropolitan Minnesota:
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