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Nearly 60 people attend an event Tuesday in Granite Falls to provide input on a Food Charter to guide food policy in Minnesota. Donna Erickson, left, and Mark Rieland discuss the issues during a small group session. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Food Charter looks to make healthy foods a priority for residents in rural areas of Minnesota

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GRANITE FALLS — So-called “food deserts” in our nation’s urban areas have received much press lately, but the problem may be even more challenging in parts of rural southwestern Minnesota.

In urban areas, food deserts are neighborhoods where convenience stores are the main source of food items. They primarily stock snack foods and very little in the way of fresh produce or other healthy items.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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