Rural Pulse 2016

What is Rural Pulse? Rural Pulse is a research study that has been commissioned by the Blandin Foundation since 1998 to gain a real-time snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. This initiative was last conducted in 2013 and served to identify trends within significant, complex subject areas such as the economy, education, employment and quality of life.

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