Focus on Small Cities

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.

Jan-Feb 2021

Wells Saves Money and Energy With LED Lights

Wells' citywide LED light initiative is expected to save at least $15,000 annually, while creating safe and more attractive city…

Nov-Dec 2020

LeRoy Gets Active With Wheels-to-Go Bike Program

Last year, LeRoy started a Wheels-to-Go Bike Program that lends bikes of all sizes free of charge.