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The changing supply and demand of rural Minnesota’s workforce on Compass
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Les Heen, Cameron Macht and Carrie Bendix.
Les Heen (left), Cameron Macht (center) and Carrie Bendix (right).

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — The state of Minnesota’s rural workforce takes the spotlight on the next episode of Compass, Pioneer PBS’ public affairs program, airing Thursday July 18 at 9 p.m. The program will be rebroadcast on Sunday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. and will be viewable online at after the original airing.

The landscape of the workforce in rural Minnesota is seeing a shift: Employers report that their biggest challenge is finding employees and with rural Minnesota’s aging population, many unemployed people are finding opportunities because of this demand for workers. Pioneer PBS President and General Manager Les Heen talks with Cameron Macht, the regional analysis and outreach manager at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Carrie Bendix, executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council Inc., about this new reality in rural Minnesota’s workforce.

Viewers with story ideas and issues they would like to see discussed on Compass are encouraged to contact Pioneer PBS via email at or call the station at 1-800-726-3178.

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