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PostSubject: The greatest economic development challenge is to bring young people to our communities.   Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:18 pm

The greatest economic development challenge is to bring young people to our communities.

We need to reverse this trend!


Below is an article printed in KSAX News

Western Minn. counties remain the state's oldest


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New figures from the Census Bureau show some counties along Minnesota's western border are among the oldest in nation.

Traverse, Big Stone and Lincoln counties are among the about two dozen counties in the nation that had at least one-quarter of their populations 65 or older on July 1, 2007.

Traverse was at 28 percent while Big Stone and Lincoln were at 25 percent. Aitkin (AY'-kin) County in central Minnesota also had a quarter of its population at 65 and over.

Also among the oldest counties in the state were Kittson, Lac qui Parle (lak kwih parl) and Murray.

Rural counties throughout the nation have been struggling for years with declining, aging populations as young people grow up and move away seeking better jobs.

On the flip side, counties with the highest percentage of their population at 5 years old or younger tend to be on the far western edge of the Twin Cities. Wright and Scott counties were the highest at 9 percent.
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PostSubject: Re: The greatest economic development challenge is to bring young people to our communities.   Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:06 pm

Not news to me, I have lived here almost all my life. I am considering moving because I am tired of having to drive an hour to work. My family couldn't afford to send me to college so I'm stuck with whatever job I can get. I like the area but there is not much here for young people. Unless their family has a business or they want to wait for the older people to retire to get a good job here. It would be nice to have a Target or Walmart, but of course main street would suffer so that's probably why we don't have one. Also the businesses that we do have should expand their hours if they want to increase their sales. If you want to buy a watch on Sunday you have to take your money to Milbank or farther. What I would give to buy some shoes in Ortonville....
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