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Heather Koffler of Morgan relies on her smartphone, email, video chat technology and the social media to telecommute each week to two jobs in Willmar. She’s in Willmar two to three days a week and works from home the rest of the time. She’s shown here via Google Chat, one of the tools she uses to communicate with co-workers. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Workplace redefined: Telecommuting boosts rural job opportunities


When the Southwest Initiative Foundation moved its headquarters from Granite Falls to Hutchinson 15 years ago, the organization also made another change.

Instead of having everyone come to the office every day, most of them started telecommuting.

With its wide regional presence and programs that build resources and economic development in rural communities, the move was right for the foundation, said Sherry Ristau, executive director.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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