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    • Your favorite podcasts hosts are back for a second Hold
      7 days ago by urban_plains Your favorite podcasts hosts are back for a second Hold Up episode. Listen in this week as hosts  @mitchellkedzior  and  @jessiespangler  talk with T.J. Juskiewicz about  @ragbrai  and his unique experience of small town Iowa. Link in bio  #UrbanPlains 
    • Underground lies a missile base shelter that could be used
      5 days ago by urban_plains Underground lies a missile base shelter that could be used in cases of extreme emergency. For now, its owners are renting it out on Airbnb. Read more about  @samanthaohlson  and  @elisej29 ’s journey to find out more about disaster resistance. Link in bio.  #UrbanPlains 
    • The stories of those who chose to ride the rails
      6 days ago by urban_plains The stories of those who chose to ride the rails are preserved in the  @hobomuseum  in Britt, Iowa. Learn more about the rich history of hobos by watching a video by marketing director  @mitchellkedzior  (link in bio).  #UrbanPlains 
    • wmuckian is our other super cool senior editor Hes from
      5 days ago by urban_plains  @wmuckian  is our other super cool senior editor. He’s from St. Charles, Illinois: “I spent 30% of a conversation trying to list cities near my hometown that aren’t Chicago.” Will’s favorite part of  #UrbanPlains  is “driving to the middle of nowhere to talk to people who are excited to hear their stories are gonna be on the internet.”
    • elisej29 is one of our detailoriented and creative senior editors
      1 week ago by urban_plains  @elisej29  is one of our detail-oriented and creative senior editors. Maple Grove, Minnesota is home for her: “it’s duck duck grey duck, and I will defend that to the ends of the earth.” “I hope readers feel like they get a sense of what the Midwest is really like and learn more about interesting things happening here.”  #UrbanPlains 
    • Service dogs are extremely importantowners who pretend their dogs are
      2 weeks ago by urban_plains Service dogs are extremely important—owners who pretend their dogs are service animals pose multiple threats to real service dogs. Read more by reading the link in our bio.  #UrbanPlains 
    • Staff members samanthaohlson and elisej29 explored this underground missile silo
      5 days ago by urban_plains Staff members  @samanthaohlson  and  @elisej29  explored this underground missile silo and learned more about the importance of being prepared for the worst. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.  #UrbanPlains 
    • The history of the entire Midwest recounted in one tiny
      2 weeks ago by urban_plains The history of the entire Midwest recounted in one tiny Iowan town: Walnut’s antique stores preserve even the lowest points of American history—and it’s all for sale.  #urbanplains  Link in bio  @urban_plains 
    • This small town contains the stories of millions Senior editor
      1 week ago by urban_plains This small town contains the stories of millions. Senior editor  @wmuckian  explored this town full of antiques. Read more in our bio!  #UrbanPlains 
    • brettrosengren is our fun art director He calls Logan Iowa
      4 hours ago by urban_plains  @brettrosengren  is our fun art director. He calls Logan, Iowa home: “50% of the vehicles in Logan are riding lawnmowers.” “I’m hoping that people learn that the Midwest has a lot more to offer than just being a handful of flyover states.”  #UrbanPlains 
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Mission Statement

We know that you don’t need to leave the Midwest to live big. From small-town scoops to national narratives, we highlight the region’s personality in the stories we tell. Our dynamic content and innovative reporting brings you to the place we’re proud to call home.

Meet the Staff of Urban Plains

Samantha Ohlson

Samantha Ohlson

Editor-in-Chief | West Union, IA

Proudly from a town that probably has more pigs than people.

Haley Hodges

Haley Hodges

Managing Editor | Niwot, CO

How are there no bears in Iowa?

Olivia Decelles

Olivia Decelles

Multimedia Editor | Minneapolis, MN

There is nothing more empowering than shoveling your car out of a snow bank.

Mitch Kedzior

Mitch Kedzior

Marketing Director | Cary, IL

I say I'm from Chicago, but I also say I'm funny.

Anna Jensen

Anna Jensen

Articles Editor | Grayslake, IL

When the closest known landmark to your hometown is the Six Flags Great America.

Megan Mowery

Megan Mowery

Articles Editor | Stoughton, WI

At any given moment there’s a 40 percent chance I’m eating cheese and wearing denim-on-denim.

Cade Martin

Cade Martin

Audio Producer | Spokane, WA

I may have lived a lot of places, but after graduation, home is where the story is.

Cassie Bauer

Cassie Bauer

Video Producer | Washington, MO

Iowa has 75% vowels, and I have 75% no time for that.

Brett Rosengren

Brett Rosengren

Art Director | Logan, IA

50% of the vehicles in Logan are riding lawnmowers.

Alex Vorhies

Alex Vorhies

Webmaster | Leawood, KS

Barbeque is my favorite food. Yes, I'm from Kansas City.

Jessie Spangler

Jessie Spangler

Social Media Editor | Plainfield, IL

Plainfield is more boring when I'm gone.

Elise Bauernfeind

Elise Bauernfeind

Senior Editor | Maple Grove, MN

It's duck duck grey duck, and I will defend that to the ends of the earth.

Will Muckian

Will Muckian

Senior Editor | St. Charles, IL

I spend 30% of a conversation trying to list cities near my hometown that people recognize that aren't Chicago.

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