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Don't count out the Midwest


I wouldn't blame you for dismissing the Midwest. Even we Midwesterners are finding it hard to feel important - and not just because of our Garrison Keilloresque self-deprecation. Back in Michigan this week, I noticed locals talking in survival terms: "Oh, sure, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor is still there - hurting, but still there." As jobs disappear from the region, people move away and the area's economy weakens even more. If you're the last to go, turn out the lights as you leave.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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