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Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Louisa Development Group

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Rewriting the Rural Narrative

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Join us for Dinner and Key Note Speaker Ben Winchester Presenting


Rewriting the Rural Narrative

It seems the rural story has already been told. Small towns keep getting smaller. Churches, schools, clinics, businesses, and now post offices, have closed their doors as the lucky few migrate out to the big cities. This deficit framework dominates how we discuss and envision our rural communities. However, the story of rural America since 1970 is rich and diverse, with positive trends occurring under the radar. Learn how positive changes around migration, community involvement, economic development, and regional living have been occurring across the rural landscape that require us to rewrite the narrative of rural community change.


Ben Winchester

Rural Sociologist, University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality


2001. Masters of Science, Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

1995. B.A. Mathematics, Area of Concentration in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, Morris.


Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 25 years. He lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota with his wife and two children. Ben is trained as a Rural Sociologist and works as a Senior Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality. He conducts applied research on economic, social, and demographic topics surrounding a theme of “rewriting the rural narrative” that are vital to rural America.


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Morning Sun Community Center
106 North Main Street
Morning Sun, IA 52640

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)


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