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Focus 2013: Rising to the Challenge

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Government/Health/Education

The New Normal: Calling on local governments to innovate

Changing economy drives counties to change how they do business

Getting out of the silos: Kandiyohi County to implement new organizational structure

Greater Minnesota could find its voice through collaboration

Bill could easy way for counties to appoint officials

Majority of counties have made changes in electing or appointing statutory officials

Want to engage younger generations in government? Just ask them!

NLS is catching up on technology

Ridgewater works with businesses to improve the region's economy

Willmar Medical Services: Partnership leads to better, more cost-effective patient care

Bethesda at forefront of aging demographics, new expectations

Counties collaborate in effort to improve health care in rural Minnesota

An aging population

Mental health care impacts even the very young child

Willmar benefits and faces challenges with its minority students

Agriculture/Industry/Manufacturing

Farming in an exciting time, but caution may be warranted

So you want to be a farmer? Have 540 acres to farm, $120K to support family?

Ag economics in west central Minnesota

Farmer advocate's biggest role: Connect food to farmers and families

Latest statistics show job recovery in areas of west central Minnesota

Pastures A Plenty: Building a local foods economy by pioneering a path to the world

Ridgewater ag department job placement shows demand for ag workers

Manufacturing is big economic player in region due to the entrepreneurial spirit

A great place to create: A young artist returns to his roots

Arts Economy creating a future in Upper Minnesota River Valley

Lifestyle/Business/Retail

Willmar's downtown: A vibrant downtown, with busy, growing businesses

Downtown areas in west central Minnesota see changes in recent years

Benson: Small downtown area boasts family values, tradition

New London: Boutiques, specialty stores bring big business to small town

Litchfield: High-visibility Main Street has potential to be 'unforgettable'

Retiring boomers will change community activity programming

Area businesses embrace benefits, challenges of social media

Facebook through the generations: Family uses Facebook to communicate, stay in touch

Mentors-Mentees: Learning from the advice of experienced business people

Tools of the trade: Economic development options continue to grow

Meeting the challenge of homelessness: Youth, poor not immune in Kandiyohi County

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