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Iowa sixth-graders urge candidates to address our changing climate

In many ways, Jack Spence and Thomas Sauer are normal sixth grade students.

Jack enjoys playing sports, Thomas’ favorite school subject is social studies, and the two boys have been friends since their elementary years.

In recent months, the duo has been advocating for leaders to prioritize our climate on a national political scale. As presidential candidates flood through their hometown ahead of the Iowa caucuses, the boys are making sure candidates hear questions about the changing climate and its impact on rural Iowa, from the youth.

Conservation practices breed longevity and success

Though Del Ficke had an established career in the health care industry, his heart was always back home on the family farm.

The draw of wide open spaces and working with livestock was too much to resist. So, for 30 years, Del has made agriculture his priority, and takes pride in managing Ficke Cattle Company in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.

Staff spotlight: True spirit of hard work, helping others can be seen in rural communities

Growing up, there was always something going on in my neighborhood.

Whether it was school or family events or everyday activities, life was never boring. The children in our neighborhood made sure of that. In the summer, we’d ride our bikes, form teams to play baseball, football, and other games, or play hide-and-seek well into the evening. We always found a way to entertain ourselves until our parents yelled for us to come home for the night.

Center staff member recognized for work in clean energy

Each year, Midwest Energy News acknowledges leaders who are based in the Midwest. These men and women are innovators from all sectors, including industry, government, regulatory, business, academia, nonprofit, and advocacy.

The 40 Under 40 awards program showcases emerging leaders throughout the region, and highlights their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

This year, the Center for Rural Affairs was represented by one of its own. Policy Associate Lu Nelsen was named one of the recipients of the 2019 Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Award.

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