Teacher shortage hits schools in rural, urban districts across Minnesota
February 10, 2021
Not so long ago, Tri-County Public Schools would get close to 100 applications when a teaching position opened up in the rural northwest Minnesota district not far from the Canadian border.
These days, Superintendent Ryan Baron is pleased when he gets a half-dozen - and then immediately grows anxious.
"You play a game of competition against your neighbors," he said. "You get seven applications, those seven have already applied at places nearby, and if you don't hurry up you may lose them."