Focus on Small Cities

Mar-Apr 2020

Tips for Finding and Applying for Grants

If you can find the right funding source for your community needs, grants are worth the effort.

Jan-Feb 2020

Communitywide Effort Brings New Playground

Nov-Dec 2019

Clarks Grove Builds a Better Fire Station

Years of saving allowed the city to close the funding gap on the new building without raising taxes.

Sep-Oct 2019

Bird Island Sees Brighter Future for Main Street

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's Minnesota Main Street program helps communities maximize their people and built assets.

Jul-Aug 2019

MnDOT Road Projects Help Two Small Cities Revitalize Downtown

Parkers Prairie and Battle Lake reimagined their state trunk highway projects to enhance safety, economic development, and aesthetics.

May-Jun 2019

Need Project Funding? Check Out USDA Rural Development Programs

USDA Rural Development could help your community achieve its project goals affordably.

Mar-Apr 2019

City Clerks Agree to Back Each Other Up

Mutual aid agreements can formalize backup for clerks and help small cities in times of transition or crisis.

Jan-Feb 2019

Are Managed IT Services Right for Your City?

Managed IT services may be the perfect solution for cities that don't have full-time IT staff.

Nov-Dec 2018

Clean, Clear Water: St. Martin Builds Biological Water Treatment Plant

St. Martin’s all-biological water treatment facility is the first of its kind in Minnesota, and residents couldn’t be happier.

Sep-Oct 2018

GreenStep Program Helps Small City Meet Sustainability Goals

Marine on St. Croix has harnessed volunteer support and the GreenStep Cities program to make progress on their sustainability goals.