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Rural Minnesota is losing its influence, reports a new study by the Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Echoing the concerns of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who a few weeks ago noted the weakening in Washington of rural America's clout, the St. Peter, Minn.-based nonprofit says demographics and other forces threaten to leave Main Street Minnesota behind.


So, what should rural Minnesota do?

The answer almost certainly will include this one word:

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