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Jun 7 17

July 2017 – Annual Meeting

by Jackie S

The UMVRDC will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, July 25th in Kerkhoven at the Community Center.  This meeting is open to the public and will begin at 5:30pm.

More details on location and time will follow. Click here for the packet.

Jun 1 17

June 2017 Board Meeting

by Jackie S

The monthly board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27th beginning at 6:30pm in Appleton.  This meeting is open to the public.


Click here for the board packet

May 24 17

2016 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Draft Plan

by Melissa

On April 20, the UMVRDC hosted a one-day workshop as part of the 2016 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan for the region. Currently, numerous individuals in our region have difficulty getting to medical appointments, the grocery store, church, visiting family and friends, or fully participating in other important activities due to lack of transportation. The Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Department of Transportation has asked the UMVRDC to address these issues through a coordinated planning process.

Coordinated transportation is meant to maximize consumers’ access to all existing transportation services, including public, private, non-profit, and human services entities, while minimizing duplication of service provision.

The goal of the 2016 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan Update is to:

  • identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes;
  • provide strategies for meeting those needs;
  • and prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation in Big Stone, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine Counties.

The workshop provided an opportunity to identify strategies to better coordinate transportation resources in the future. The final plan is scheduled to be adopted June 27.

To view the:

2011 Transit Coordination Plan– click here

2006 Transit Coordination Plan Recommended Strategies – click here


May 19 17

UofM Morris – Student Summer Worker

by Jackie S

The UMVRDC is pleased to announce that our office will be working with a student from the University of Minnesota-Morris through the support provided by the Center for Small Towns (CST) and the Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDPs). This student will be working closely with our Western Minnesota Prairie Waters program as well as the Get Rural project, both of which will include travelling throughout our region attending many of the great city events and festivals throughout the summer.  We look forward to the support on these projects this summer!


The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, [Region] RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.


CST is a community outreach program housed at the University of Minnesota, Morris and serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, K–12 schools, non-profit organizations, and other University unit, are able to utilize CST’s resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society. CST’s mission is to focus the University’s attention and marshal its resources toward assisting Minnesota’s small towns with locally identified issues while creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and students.

May 11 17

KMS Safe Routes to School DRAFT Plans

by Jackie S

Safe Routes to School aims to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal is to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, increase kids’ safety and reverse the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity. The UMVRDC and KMS School District have partnered together to develop a Safe Routes to School Plan for both KMS Elementary School in Murdock and KMS High School in Kerkhoven. Below are the draft plans for each school that will be hosted for public comment until May 31st, 2017. Any public comment should be directed toward UMVRDC planner and plan author Jason Brisson at or    320. 289.1981 x 107.

Click here for the SRTS page to view both draft plans and maps