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‘Fighting for an American countryside’: Amid a rural decline, people aim to save their communities

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Editor’s note: This is the first of four excerpts from "Fighting for an American countryside" an eBook by MPR News’ Ground Level project. You can download the free eBook, with video, photos and graphics, to your tablet or other reader from iBooks, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also view it online at


By Jennifer Vogel

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