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Research Publications

Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Economic Emergency Program: Little Fork Medical Center Closure
Completed December 2013
Local EDA/Organization: Little Fork City Council and Koochiching County Board of Commissioners
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analyst Merritt Bussiere, Extension Educator Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator and Program Manager for Economic Impact Analysis
Project Description: The City of Little Fork, Minnesota owns the Little Fork Medical Center, consisting of a nursing home, assisted living facility, medical clinic and pharmacy, and a chemical and alcohol in-patient treatment center. Due to financial considerations, the Little Fork Medical Center is in jeopardy of closing. The Little Fork City Council and the Koochiching County Board of Commissioners are considering the potential effects the closing will have on the community. One consideration is the effect the potential closure will have on the local economy. This is especially urgent, since Koochiching County is already facing a major economic challenge as a result of downsizing at the Boise Inc. paper mill.1 To assist decision-makers, University of Minnesota Extension has prepared this economic emergency report. This report is presented in partnership with EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
EDA Center Involvement:
Download Report (658KB PDF)

This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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