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Opinion poll on rural influence

Report says rural areas have lost voice for important issues

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Rural Minnesota "has lost its influence in policy discussions that occur in both the private and public sectors," according to a new study by the nonprofit Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter, Minn.


As the state's rural population declines and ages, the study found that there are "fewer leaders or organizations who are dominant and effective voices on behalf of broad rural Minnesota issues."

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