May 11, 2022
Today on the show, host and NewDEAL Leader Ryan Coonerty talks
with Ben Schierer, the mayor of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, about how
smaller cities can adapt in order to thrive in a post-COVID world.
He also shares his advice on how Democrats can rebuild
trust in rural communities, based on his own experience
of being elected and re-elected in a county that overwhelmingly
supports Donald Trump. Ryan and Mayor Schierer discuss what the
last few years have been like, raising five kids,
managing two restaurant businesses, and working as the
mayor. Finally, he touches on the importance of the ecology of
Fergus Falls and the work he's doing to protect environmentally and
economically important resources.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear Mayor Schierer talk about why folk are gravitating towards smaller communities like Fergus Falls, and why you must visit to enjoy everything from omelets to local art, the world's largest otter, and more!