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Episode 4: Terry Lauden

Faith is important to many rural communities. But what is it about churches that create a sense of community identity? What are other ways rural people find and give...

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Episode 3: Thomas Trehus

You’ve maybe heard about this trend of small towns losing younger generations to city jobs and culture. Thomas Trehus is on the other side of that equation, trying to...

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Episode 2: Jerome Neumann

You know that small town archetype who is probably retired and sits at the town diner or coffee shop and shoots the breeze all day? Well, Jerome Neumann IS...

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Episode 1: Nettle Valley Farm

Season One of MinneStory focuses on rural Houston County in southeast Minnesota. This episode features Nettle Valley Farm owners Dayna and Nick Burtness Nguyen. Each of them grew up...

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MinneStory Season 1 Sneak Peek: Nick & Dayna Burtness Nguyen

The clip you’re about to hear features Nick and Dayna Burtness Nguyen, who both grew up in the Twin Cities but now make their home in Houston County as...

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MinneStory Season 1 Sneak Peek: Thomas Trehus

In this sneak peek, you’ll hear from Thomas Trehus. He’s the youngest school board member in Spring Grove, MN and is also running for the House of Representatives. Season...

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