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Stories of rural resiliency: ensuring our children are fed

Rural communities are showcasing resiliency by ensuring kids are fed during widespread school closures caused by the coronavirus.

In my hometown of West Point, Nebraska, the schools have closed for the time being like many other communities. In nearby Kansas, they just announced closure for the remainder of the school year. With so many uncertainties surrounding us, where the next meal is coming from should not be one of them. This should especially not be a concern for growing young bodies who happen to be our rural legacy.

Nebraska Unicameral Update - March 24, 2020

On March 16, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska Legislature postponed its 2020 session until it is safe and necessary to call members back. The Legislature did reconvene on Monday after Speaker Jim Scheer announced last week that senators will meet for three legislative days for the sole purpose of addressing needs arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Nebraska. LB 1198, which was amended to provide $83.6 million in emergency funding, advanced to final reading on a unanimous vote. 

Five social distancing activities that support rural Iowa

As each of us continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has become abundantly clear—taking care of our community is a crucial component of our way of life in rural Iowa. I continue to hear stories of neighbors helping neighbors and families pitching in to lend a helping hand. This unprecedented situation has created real economic hardships for many rural Iowans, leaving many of us searching for ways to help out.

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