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Seeking solutions for challenges in rural child care


A report the Greater Than Minnesota Project released in July calls for increased funding, staff training and system support for child care providers in rural Minnesota.

The "community solution action plan" for Crow Wing, southern Cass and Wadena counties developed by the coalition, which includes First Children's Finance and the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, was based upon a town hall meeting held May 22 in Merrifield.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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