Politics and Government

Note: Items cited on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of RHMA. We simply present them for your information as they relate to small-town and rural life . . .

Are mega-dairies farms or industries?


The Oregon Legislative Assembly is considering a proposed law to declare them the latter.




As small-town America goes . . .

So goes the nation?


Who says you can’t fight City Hall?!


Don’t tell that to 9-year-old Dane Best. He went to the Town Board of Severence, Colorado (pop. 4,275), and got a hundred-year-old ban on snowball fights repealed!





Federal Subsistence Board seeks change to rural determination process

Defining “rural” is not an exact science. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rural encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. But if a community of 2,500 is located in a densely populated area, the Census Bureau considers it to be within an Urban Cluster and not rural. To add to some of the confusion, the following article puts a new twist on determining the meaning of “rural” in Alaska!


Urban-rural split in Minnesota grows deeper, wider

Rural Minnesota communities are concerned that their needs are being overlooked by state lawmakers who appear to prefer spending tax dollars in Minnesota’s cities. ​Demographic trends and declining rural populations contribute to the growing concerns.


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