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My Fellow Kansans: Some Small Towns Losing Population but Shrinking “Smartly”

Mandy Fincham and her husband, run the Kettle in Beloit, Kansas. Some people think its “quality-of-life” initiatives like their cafe and wine bar make a difference between small towns shrinking smartly or withering badly. (Photo: Chris Neal, Kansas News Service.)

Rural communities can't do much to stop the depopulation that’s been going on for generations. But Kansas small towns are not entirely powerless. As Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports, some towns have figured out ways to thrive, even as their population shrinks.


       
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