Focus on Small Cities

Sep-Oct 2022

City of Warren Adopts Flexible Work Culture

The City of Warren implemented a hybrid work-from-home policy and it led to filling the role with someone who otherwise…

Jul-Aug 2022

Iron Range Cities Receive Federal Funds for Critical Projects

Hundreds of millions of federal dollars are coming to Minnesota cities from the 2022 CDS program for water and sewer…

May-Jun 2022

City Partnership Shines a Light on Manufacturing Careers

The City of Norwood forged a partnership with Central Public Schools and local businesses to show high school students a…

Mar-Apr 2022

Ottertail Initiative Aims to Address Housing Shortage

City of Ottertail leaders came up with the “Building Big” program, which they hope encourages people to build homes.

Jan-Feb 2022

Tracy Creating Comprehensive Plan to Keep City Vibrant and Growing

The city of Tracy is creating a new comprehensive plan which will outline what its goals are and how it…

Nov-Dec 2021

Regional Safety Groups: Making Required Safety Training Affordable

The city of Ellsworth is part of the Southwest Regional Safety Group (RSG) where small cities band together to more…

Sep-Oct 2021

Food Pantry Supports Randall Community Into the Future

The City of Randall created a self-serve pantry for the community.

Jul-Aug 2021

Windom Partners With Alternative School on Community Policing

The city of Windom Partners With Alternative School on Community Policing.

May-Jun 2021

Success! How Two Cities Updated Aging Water Treatment Plants

Upgrading water treatment facilities is a major endeavor, and cities often struggle to find funding.

Mar-Apr 2021

Striking a Balance: Small-City Clerks Create Boundaries Around Work, Personal Lives

City employees have to be on call for emergencies but many funnel routine issues into business hours.