A long opinion piece that includes reactions of various communities in North Dakota to the January National Geographic pictoral feature, "Emptied Prairie" showing "desolate farm buildings, abandoned schools, rusting automobiles and empty houses."
[ All 210 communities with populations of 250 or less are in jeopardy. Many cannot be salvaged, but some can. Those that fail to fight back will become a future article for National Geographic called “The Emptied Prairie II”. For those interested in defying the trend, Hersrud is compiling a Rural Community Resource booklet filled with small town experiences and ideas for using school buildings, saving businesses and building communities. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. ]
You can find the entire letter by former North Dakota lieutenant governor and UND professor, Lloyd Omdahl, here.
This is particularly of interest now, with the number of small towns flooded out in Iowa and Illinois, this spring who are saying they may probably not be rebuilt.
Which means even more land turned over to that polluting, food stealing boondoggle of ethanol, leading to even more flooding.