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Neil Linscheid



South Central Minnesota


Phone: 320-203-6109
Cell Phone: 651-334-2373
Fax: 320-203-6110

Extension Regional Office, St. Cloud
3601 18th Street, Suite 113
St. Cloud MN 56258-2087


Communities where I work

Counties: Brown, Cottonwood, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Watonwan and Wright


  • B.A., Political Science, University of Minnesota-Morris
  • Master's in Public Policy, Concentration in Community and Economic Development, University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Work experience

Neil Linscheid is an Associate Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. His work is focused on supporting local leaders as they navigate economic changes taking place in their community. His mission is to teach, coach, and connect local leaders as they try to make informed decisions about their community's economic future.

Prior to his current position, he was Economic Development Director for the Region Five Development Commission. He has also worked with Minnesota Rural Partners and the University of Minnesota Center for Small Towns. He received his Master's of Public Policy with a concentration in rural economic development and Bachelor of Political Science degree's from the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Ph.D student at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

In addition to his professional work, Neil active in economic development in his community where he serves as a member of his local City Council, Economic Development Authority, and Community Foundation.

Selected publications

  • Thorson, G., Linscheid, N., & Schmidt, T. (2004). The search for affordable health care in rural Minnesota: Prospects and problems for market-based solutions. Morris, MN: Center for Small Towns.
  • Winchester, B., Linscheid, N., Schmidt, T., & Von Arx, A. (2004). Media message of rural: lessons from Minnesota. Morris, MN: Center for Small Towns.
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