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Hayden Taylor, 20, publisher, editor and owner of the Monroe County Herald in Brinkley, Arkansas. 
Sarah Whites-Koditschek/ for Marketplace

Passing on a tradition of wild rice harvest in northern Minnesota

Oct 18, 2017
Native Americans migrated to Minnesota centuries ago “where food grew on the water,” 500 years later, the wild rice harvest tradition is still being passed on.
Bruce Martineau poles his father Francis Martineau to the shore of Deadfish Lake after harvesting wild rice on the Fond du Lac reservation on Sept. 5, 2017.
Dan Karker/ for Marketplace

In Los Angeles, mariachi musicians fight gentrification to keep tradition alive

Sep 15, 2017
In the Boyle Heights neighborhood of LA, mariachis struggle to pay rent near a plaza named for them.
Mariachi Plaza and the larger Boyle Heights neighborhood have become the focal point for gentrification in Los Angeles. 
Katherine Garrova/ for Marketplace

Rodeo on the rebound

Aug 24, 2017
Rodeo still rounds 'em up in rural America.
Calf roping just before the throw at Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Morris Bishop

Could work-based learning help rural towns prepare students for a new economy close to home?

Aug 14, 2017
One small fishing town in Maine is trying something new to help the next generation gain valuable work skills: a new charter school focused on the idea of work-based learning — designed to put students into the community and expose them to different kinds of jobs in their state.
Sixth-grader Easton Dundore shovels mulch used to grow vegetables inside a student-designed hoop house at the Harpswell Coastal Academy in Harpswell, Maine.
Brett Plymale/ for Marketplace

Amid urbanization and expense, hunting declines as a hobby

Aug 1, 2017
Fewer Americans are hunting as a hobby, but those that are still hunting, are spending more money doing it.
Leith Konyndyk kneels with his son's first turkey, which they took home to clean and turn into barbecue.
Blake Farmer/for Marketplace
Chicago's skyline looking north is visible from a window of the Sears Skydeck. 
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Wood City: Cloquet, Minn., hopes to keep its identity after last matchstick factory closes

Jul 14, 2017
The Diamond Match factory is one of three major wood products plants in Cloquet, Minn. But it’s slated to close later this summer, leaving Cloquet with a hole in both its history and economy.
Smokestacks at the Diamond match factory in Cloquet tower over a pile of wood. 
Dan Kraker for Marketplace

As fewer farmers work the land, the small town way of life fades

Jul 10, 2017
Average farms are growing and adopting new technologies to make ends meet.
Farmer Brandon Biesemeier stands on his herbicide sprayer on his family's land near Haxtun, Colorado.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media and KUNC