Pandemic drives backyard ice rink boom

Jan 18, 2021
Families in the Upper Midwest are getting creative as they look for outdoor activities for their kids during the cold winter months.
Shea Finnegan, age 6, skates with friends on Dec. 13, 2020. Allen Ratai built this rink outside his family home in Duluth and has been helping friends build their own rinks this year, as well.
James Napoli

Midwest flooding brings high infrastructure costs

Dec 27, 2019
A lot of repair and recovery work hasn't even started yet.
Tom Bullock, emergency services director of Holt County, Missouri, stands on a broken bridge on U.S. 159. Although a state contract has been issued for its repair, work still hasn’t started.
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My Economy: How the Pine Ridge reservation regroups after floods

May 13, 2019
A South Dakota tour business prepares for its busiest season in the wake of Midwestern flooding.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
Tatanka Rez Tourz

Bad weather and trade complicate planting for Midwest farmers

Apr 22, 2019
Flood damage has made things extremely difficult.
Farmer Richard Oswald, standing on U.S. 136 near Rock Port, Missouri. In the background is a flooded grain elevator, where millions of bushels of corn and soybeans are rotting in the water.
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Another day, another storm

Apr 11, 2019
Businesses in the Midwest are in the process of recovering from last month's floods.
A tractor drives through flooding in Missouri last month. Midwest businesses are struggling to shoulder the financial burden of flooding and storm damage by two recent storms.
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Midwest suffers extensive flooding and damage

Mar 27, 2019
There's been catastrophic flooding across the Midwest, thanks to a "bomb cyclone" weather event that hit mid-month.
An aerial shot of Hamburg, Iowa, on March 22, days after mass flooding forced evacuations, closed Interstate 29 and racked up losses in the billions.
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Repairing Nebraska will take money and time

Mar 22, 2019
Nebraska officials report that the flooding in the wake of the recent "bomb cyclone" has caused more than $550 million in damage.
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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Midwest flooding has agriculture reeling

Mar 21, 2019
Nebraska officials estimate that flooding has caused $1.3 billion in damage in the state, more than half of it to crops and cattle. The disaster there and in neighboring Iowa follows a difficult year for both states’ farmers, who’ve been reeling from the ongoing trade war and softening global economy. Now Iowa and Nebraska, with […]
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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If you ignore national politics, some Americans feel pretty good about the future

May 10, 2018
What one couple found after a 100,000-mile multiyear trip crisscrossing America's small towns.
Row houses on Seventh Street in downtown Allentown are now mostly home to first- and second-generation immigrants.
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The America left out of the economy

May 3, 2018
Sarah Kendzior describes "systemic inequality, a lot of suffering among citizens" in her collection of essays.
An aerial view of southern North Dakota in 2016, near Bismarck.
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