The first & the last — my decision to not run for office again.

The author’s campaign signs ready for distribution in rural Benton County, Iowa in the summer of 2020.
Iowa House District 75.
The author.
The author’s grandfather in northwest Wisconsin.
A photograph from one of the last stories the author covered as a newspaper correspondent in Benton County, Iowa.
Belle Plaine, Iowa, part of Iowa House District 75, following the August 10, 2020 derecho.
A pioneer cemetery in Iowa House District 75.
Derecho damage near Atkins, Benton County, Iowa, 2020. This barn no longer exists.
An abandoned homestead in Tama County, Iowa, 2021, part of the author’s commute to work everyday.
Rural Newhall, Benton County, Iowa, 2020.
IOWA.

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A prairie voice for working people and rural spaces. Co-host of the podcast weliveheretoo.us.

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A prairie voice for working people and rural spaces. Co-host of the podcast weliveheretoo.us.

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