Minorities help rural Minnesota grow

2012-10-04T00:00:00Z Minorities help rural Minnesota grow Winona Daily News
October 04, 2012 12:00 am

The following editorial appeared in Saturday’s West Central Tribune in Willmar:

Willmar and other cities in rural Minnesota have been experiencing racial demographic changes over the past two decades.

As one of Minnesota’s micropolitan centers, Willmar has worked hard and been fairly successful in embracing the racial changes within its community.

Other areas in rural Minnesota also are experiencing this racial geography change. Across rural Minnesota, the aging white population is retiring and moving or dying, while new immigrants are moving in for jobs and bringing or having children.

A U.S. Census report showed most of Minnesota’s 16 micropolitan areas with only slight population growth, but some with significant growth in minority populations.

The reality for much of rural Minnesota is that without the growth of minority populations, those regions would have seen population declines during the past decade.

Willmar is a good example. The Willmar micropolitan area’s total population increased from 41,203 in 2000 to 42,239 in 2010, an increase of 1,036 in 10 years. The Willmar area’s minority population during the same decade increased from 3,991 to 6,275.

The racial demographic change of rural Minnesota is not going away as rural jobs and good communities draw and keep minorities seeking economic opportunity.

Without this minority population growth, rural communities would have experienced overall population declines resulting in significant budget cuts for cities and school districts.

Decrying the minorities’ population change in your community or sticking your head in the sand wishing your community was like it was in the 1950s is rather pointless. And, in some cases, even racist.

Communities like Willmar should continue working to embrace the growing change of minorities and accept the new parts of our communities. Eventually, these new minority populations will mold right into our communities, just as the Irish, Norwegians, Swedes, Germans, Poles, Italians and others did during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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  1. easy
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    easy - October 06, 2012 12:33 pm
    Could be anybody, we can't know, cause the newspaper can't be bothered to tell us.

    If it is Hispanic, though, I'll say one thing for them, and it's a big thing -- the men stay with their families. They do not desert them. And they remember their families back home as well.

    Those are important qualities, that used to be universally accepted. Not any more, though. It's hit and miss, now.
  2. CatfishCurly
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    CatfishCurly - October 06, 2012 7:27 am
    Lacookarochas!!! .....They all be breedingwhile the rest of us be working like dogs.
  3. Emil
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    Emil - October 04, 2012 3:06 pm
    Poorly written piece.
  4. easy
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    easy - October 04, 2012 1:41 pm
    This is sad, and pathetic, and all too typical. What kind of reporting is this? To be complete, and make sense, any article like this would naturally include which races are being discussed, and in what amounts for each. To ignore that is a major omission and a fatal flaw. Where's the information? Isn't information the point of a news reporters efforts?

    Why no specific facts? In a discussion about race, who are the races being discussed? The editor obviously had no problem mentioning all those other, older, European peoples, happy to do it, but here for now, today, we will just dance around, we'll be vague, which means CHICKEN! Be careful, be safe!

    Oh no, don't want to set anybody off, especially those 1950's racists! You know how they are!

    It is Political Correctness gone amuck, and the main perpetrators are the same as they have been, the liberal media, big and small. We will only mention facts that are appropriate, and we will decide what meets that definition.

    Where's that Don Sreele guy when you need him?

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