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Leveled by a Tornado, a Small Kansas Town Dreamed Big and Got Even Smaller

Greensburg, Kansas, built a new, environmentally-friendly, high-tech high school after being hit by a massive tornado in 2007. (Photo by Chris Neal / Kansas News Service)

If you’ve heard of tiny Greensburg, Kansas, it’s probably because of the massive twister that nearly wiped it off the map a dozen years ago. Or, the build-it-back-green strategy meant to set it apart from other struggling rural communities. Jim McLean, of the Kansas News Service, recently traveled to western Kansas to see if that’s how things are playing out.

Jim McLean is the senior correspondent for the Kansas News Service. You can reach him on Twitter @jmcleanks or by email: You can hear an expanded version of this story by downloading “My Fellow Kansans” on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. The Kansas News Service is a collaboration among Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio - dedicated to reporting on health, education and politics in Kansas.

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