Small bergs fight for their lives

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October 18, 2019 - 5:59 PM

KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/CHRIS NEAL/KCUR.ORG

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories investigating the decline in rural Kansas and efforts to reverse it.)

COURTLAND, Kansas — Rural Kansas has a storied past, but decades of population decline stand poised to turn many once-vibrant places into ghost towns.

The struggle for survival reveals itself in emptied Main Streets, shuttered factories and tired-looking neighborhoods dominated by houses built before World War II.

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