An Iowa animal rights activist talks about how her grassroots fight against puppy mills began, and how it's grown.
by Mary LaHay
Local History

On Wednesdays, when Shirley Springer’s dad shut the door of the drugstore in Garwin, Iowa, the best part of the week was about to begin.
by Frank Heath

A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
by William G. Stowe

Our correspondent reports on the efforts of prairie ranchers like her to bring bison back to their pastures.
by Kayla Koether

Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
by John Ikerd

Traditional Lakota governance has much to teach modern organizations and businesses.
by Craig Howe & Abe Katz

Ag giant Prestage came to Mason City, promising to transform its economy. The author, a City Councilman, describes what happened next.
by John P. Lee
Publisher's note

An appreciation for Richard Fyffe, Librarian of Grinnell College, who died untimely from ALS in November 2015
by Jon Andelson

Quilts aren't just for beds. Our correspondent shows us how they're warming up the rural landscape, too.
by Janet Carl

When things change, do they always change for the better? See what you think after reading this memoir of a one-room Missouri schoolhouse.
by Helen Johnson

A young writer fresh out of college; a Nebraska horse farm; a wild-west show reunion. A memoir by Dan Weeks.
by Dan Weeks

The Medicine Rock is believed by the Native peoples of the Dakotas to be of magical, medicinal value.
by Corey Wannamaker
Editor's note

For our Associate Editor, the prairie came home hardest through a sky full of stars.
by Emily Mamrak

Our regular contributor is hooked on the prairie's grasses. Here's how it happened.
by Sandy Moffett

Seed Savers is more than a gardeners' resource; it's an effort to preserve genetic diversity, and--for one family--a grandmother's peppers.
by Toby Cain