Entries by Region Nine

Two bills, one goal: Legislation aims to create long-term solutions to Greater Minnesota’s child care shortage

ST. PAUL—A pair of bills that call on the state to make modest investments to help address the critical child care shortage in Greater Minnesota were introduced today at the Minnesota Legislature. SF 537/HF 422, authored by Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter), and SF 538/HF423, authored by Sen. Jerry Relph […]

Can child care shortage be fixed?

Something rare happened at an event last week in Alexandria. Two DFL leaders and two Republican leaders all agreed on something — Minnesota’s child care shortage is a big problem that should be a priority in the next legislative session. The legislators talked about possible solutions at a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 15, during the […]

Local communities aim to tackle racism, create growing communities

Some local communities have leaders ready and willing to tackle local racism. Tri-City United, Waseca and St. Peter Public Schools brought “It’s Time to Talk,” a community conversation about race through their Community Education departments, in 2017. They were organized by Region Nine Development Commission with partners YWCA Mankato and Greater Mankato Diversity Council. But […]

Feasibility study to determine specifics of Czech Heritage Trail

If plans fall into place, more than a common school district will connect Le Center, Montgomery and Lonsdale. A proposed biking/walking path will literally connect the three communities. The concept for, the path, called the Czech Heritage Trail, came into being last year. Mark Preissing, while working as community education director for Tri-City United Schools, […]