Small town issues
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
Essay

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

Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
by Linda Omaña
Essay

In the course of conducting an ethnographic study, Lane Atmore found the utopian ideal is alive and well in Fairfield, Iowa .
by Lane Atmore
Local History

Historian Dan Kaiser found a landmark building in American industrial architecture in his small Iowa town.
by Dan Kaiser
Memoir

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
Memoir

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

Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
by Laura J. Jackson
Photography

The work of this Connecticut-based photographer has frequently found its way onto our pages. Take a look at his work to see why.
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman
Podcast

With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
by Noah Herbin
Music review

The Pines' music is as rooted in their prairie home as a field of coneflowers. Read our reviewer's thoughts, then give a listen.
by Kelly Hansen Maher
Essay

Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
by Sophie Neems
Essay

What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
by John Lawrence Hanson
Memoir

A farm is many things: a business, a home, a way of life. For this farmer, it was a thing to share with the whole town.
by Shirley Moyer
Essay

In Toledo, Iowa, a venerable old theatre was a place for townspeople to restore their spirits. Now they're returning the favor.
by Abigail Evans
Memoir

A costume, a pillow case, a couple of friends, and a whole town to roam in: that was Halloween for this coffee shop owner.
by Sam Cox
Essay

Where can you find the essential Iowa? Not in a single place, as this writer found, on the road with his father and a van full of friends.
by Colin Lewis-Beck
Photography

What's the best way to find out how "community" is defined where you live? Ask the local kids to make a mural.
by Kaitie Hess
Interview

What does an artist do in a prairie town that doesn't have an arts community? Matt and Sarah Kargol's answer: make one.
by Matt and Sarah Kargol
Local History

How could a hunk of rock buried on a college campus have so much history attached to it? This woodworker/amateur historian tells us.
by Byron Hueftle-Worley
Essay

When you move into an old house in a small town, you inherit that house's history and, sometimes, its former residents.
by Sam Pérez
Photography

Keith Kozloff discovered a trove of his old black-and-white negatives from the 1970s in an old shoe box. Take a look at this selection.
by Keith Kozloff
Podcast

Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich interview University of Iowa Prof David Osterberg about CAFOs.
by Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich
Essay

A small-town restaurant is where the local foods movement gets real.
by Ann P. Hall
Book Review

This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
by Fred Kirschenmann
Photography

This Twin-cities photographer looked south for the images in this Closeup, to the small Iowa town of Belmond.
Essay

This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
by Sebastian Braun
Music

An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.
Photography

Our frequent contributor's lens found Keokuk's iconic power station on the Mississippi River for this issue.
Photography

Past Associate Editor Emily Mamrak provided two images from a prairie graveyard for this issue.
Photography

John Lawrence Hanson contributed a photo to this issue. We ran his essay "Obedience and Resistance" in Volume III, Issue 2, Spring 2017.