Better and faster broadband access, childcare support, and getting a fair share of state and federal resources. These are things people in the Northwoods have likely heard and recognize as needs in our communities.

Now, these and other recommendations are being laid out in a report to the Governor’s office.

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Rural America isn’t dying. That’s the message sociologist Ben Winchester is sharing with Vilas County this week.

Winchester has been studying rural America through the University of Minnesota Extension. He’s found that small towns aren’t dying, they’re changing.

Winchester has done some of his research in Vilas County. Vilas County Economic Development Corporation board chairman Jim Tuckwell said that’s one of the reason they invited him to speak this week.

Feed Our Rural Kids

One goal has been reached and a second goal begins for an Eagle River area group hoping to make sure lower-income kids get food this summer.

FORK--or Feed Our Rural Kids--has a mission to raise money to provide nutritional support to school-aged children from food insecure homes within the Northland Pines School District.

FORK President Perry Pokrandt says they reached their first-year fundraising goal..