Telecommuting Levels the Field For Some Rural Minnesotans

by Jennifer Vogel, Minnesota Public Radio

Rose Buer commutes to her job as a software engineer in Bloomington every morning.

But she doesn’t drive from Minneapolis or St. Paul or another suburb. She makes the short trek from her 10-acre farm to a small office in Dawson, next to a hair salon and the Dawson Sentinel, the newspaper that serves the town of 1,300 people in western Minnesota…

…A recent study by Connect Minnesota and the Minnesota Broadband Task Force found that 37 percent of Minnesotans work from home at least occasionally; twenty percent telework on a regular basis. What’s more, the report says, “Three out of ten Minnesota adults who are not currently in the workforce say they would work if empowered to do so through teleworking. This includes 17% of retirees, nearly three out of five unemployed adults, and almost one-third of homemakers.”…

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