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Minnesota Data Opener

What can data tell us about our changing rural landscape?
Dec 4 '13

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2013 MN Data Opener!

Congratulations to our winners. See below for an archive of the winner announcement live-chat.

Nov 27 '13
Kristina Durivage
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized? 

That the drive of kids in metro vs non metro areas are pretty close. The visualization allows someone to explore what counties have more or less students interested in attending college. Overall, it differs mostly on a county by county level, not necessarily on a metro vs non metro one.

Kristina Durivage

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

That the drive of kids in metro vs non metro areas are pretty close. The visualization allows someone to explore what counties have more or less students interested in attending college. Overall, it differs mostly on a county by county level, not necessarily on a metro vs non metro one.

Nov 27 '13
Ryan Merz
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

I am showing the economic disparities between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The first graph shows the gap in per capita income.  The second graph shows the high number (albeit decreasing) of unemployed individuals per job vacancy rural planning areas.   It is interesting to note that during the economic crisis of 2009, Central Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota seem to have experienced a particularly sharp increase in unemployed individuals per job vacancy. 

Ryan Merz

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

I am showing the economic disparities between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The first graph shows the gap in per capita income.  The second graph shows the high number (albeit decreasing) of unemployed individuals per job vacancy rural planning areas.   It is interesting to note that during the economic crisis of 2009, Central Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota seem to have experienced a particularly sharp increase in unemployed individuals per job vacancy. 

Nov 27 '13
Ryan Merz
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

I am showing the economic disparities between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The first graph shows the gap in per capita income.  The second graph shows the high number (albeit decreasing) of unemployed individuals per job vacancy rural planning areas.   It is interesting to note that during the economic crisis of 2009, Central Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota seem to have experienced a particularly sharp increase in unemployed individuals per job vacancy. 

Ryan Merz

Click to view larger

What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

I am showing the economic disparities between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The first graph shows the gap in per capita income.  The second graph shows the high number (albeit decreasing) of unemployed individuals per job vacancy rural planning areas.   It is interesting to note that during the economic crisis of 2009, Central Minnesota and Northeast Minnesota seem to have experienced a particularly sharp increase in unemployed individuals per job vacancy. 

Nov 27 '13
Elliot Altbaum and Molly Cox
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

In order for local foods to be grown, local agricultural land needs to be maintained and preserved. This map shows agricultural land loss in both acres and percent of census block group from 1990 to 2010. 

Elliot Altbaum and Molly Cox

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

In order for local foods to be grown, local agricultural land needs to be maintained and preserved. This map shows agricultural land loss in both acres and percent of census block group from 1990 to 2010. 

Nov 27 '13
Carol Russell / Art direction: Seth Bohlken
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

Cultivating leaders can be a challenge in rural and metro Minnesota alike. Sometimes, however, opportunities are overlooked. As this graphic shows, despite being faced with a tightened economy and multiple priorities, many rural Minnesotans are willing to serve - IF only they were asked. 

Carol Russell / Art direction: Seth Bohlken

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

Cultivating leaders can be a challenge in rural and metro Minnesota alike. Sometimes, however, opportunities are overlooked. As this graphic shows, despite being faced with a tightened economy and multiple priorities, many rural Minnesotans are willing to serve - IF only they were asked. 

Nov 27 '13
Carol Russell / Art direction: Seth Bohlken
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?
"Brain Drain" is a well covered topic these days, often referring about the loss of rural population to metro areas. In Minnesota, recent research shows migration is nearly identical both ways. The difference, however, lies in the motivators - something both rural and metro should consider.

Carol Russell / Art direction: Seth Bohlken

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

"Brain Drain" is a well covered topic these days, often referring about the loss of rural population to metro areas. In Minnesota, recent research shows migration is nearly identical both ways. The difference, however, lies in the motivators - something both rural and metro should consider.

Nov 27 '13
Tami Swenson
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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized? 

The Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program is the “extra help” provided for premium support and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. Differences in rates of eligible but not enrolled are due to lower resources available for program education and stigma held by Medicare beneficiaries. This chart shows the rate variation by planning regions in MN and how these rates have changed from 2008-2011 (which would reflect outreach education).

Tami Swenson

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What is the main point that you are expressing in the data you have visualized?

The Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program is the “extra help” provided for premium support and out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. Differences in rates of eligible but not enrolled are due to lower resources available for program education and stigma held by Medicare beneficiaries. This chart shows the rate variation by planning regions in MN and how these rates have changed from 2008-2011 (which would reflect outreach education).

Nov 25 '13

Submission period closed

Thank you everyone who submitted an entry for the MN Data Opener. 

We will highlight entries here prior to the online chat where the winners will be announced. 

The online event will take place at noon Wednesday, December 4. That event will take place on this website.

Thanks!

Michael Olson

Oct 17 '13

MN Data Opener Deadline Extension: 11/24

With access to many federal data sites (including www.census.gov) returning, the State Demographic Center has decided to extend the deadline for the 2013 Minnesota Data Opener to Sunday November 24 at 11:59 PM.

Winners will be announced during a live chat at noon on Wednesday December 4. 

Look to this page for further updates and contact Michael Peterson at michael.peterson@state.mn.us with any questions.