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Symposium will look at successes in small towns

MORRIS -- How small towns are taking on the challenges of today's economy is one of the topics to be aired at the 2010 Symposium on Small Towns hosted by the University of Minnesota, Morris.

This year's symposium will be held Friday and Saturday at the U of M Morris campus. The theme of the symposium is Helping Minnesota's Small Towns Thrive.

Gubernatorial candidates will discuss how they feel public policies are improving small-town viability. The event's featured speaker will be Colleen Landkamer, Minnesota state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. She is a former president of the National Association of Counties.

The symposium will also feature a panel of "real people doing real stuff,'' emphasizing small communities with big success stories.

A special invitation to attend is extended to young people. Contributions from generous sponsors are making scholarships available for youth and adult attendees. Cost to attend the event is $65 per person. Low-cost lodging is available on campus or at area motels listed on the Web site.

For more information on scholarships and registration, go to or call 320-589-6451.