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      2 weeks ago by urban_plains Women who run together, stay together. Read more about the dangers women face while running and the rise of women-only running groups such as  @officialblackgirlsrun ,  @261fearless , and Kansas City Express. Read more by social media editor  @jessiespangler , link in bio.  #UrbanPlains 
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      1 week ago by urban_plains  @fcm3145  is our audio producer. He calls Spokane, Washington home—“I may have lived in a lot of places, but after graduation, home is where the story is.” Cade is hoping “readers learn that the Midwest has a lot more to offer than they might expect!”  #UrbanPlains 
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      2 weeks ago by urban_plains  @courtney_krause  speaks her mind on the disparity between men and women in the music community. Watch her perform in a video by  @avriece . Link in bio!  #UrbanPlains 
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      4 days ago by urban_plains Read the first story in our four-part series about  @plantchicago  and  @insidetheplant , starting with how they sustain a circular economy within all of the businesses in The Plant. Read more about the unique, no-waste building in Chicago by  @annagracejensen . Link in bio.  #UrbanPlains 
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      4 days ago by urban_plains  @jessiespangler  is our social media editor. She calls Plainfield, Illinois home—“Plainfield is more boring when I’m gone.” She says that  #UrbanPlains  has “encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and I hope that it encourages readers to think a little deeper about the Midwest and everything that it entails.”
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      2 weeks ago by urban_plains Hold Up hosts  @jessiespangler  and  @mitchellkedzior  sit down with Megan McKay, the owner and founder of  @peacetreebrewing . Listen in as they discuss her company, her decision to invest in the community, and attempt to figure out why the Midwest loves its beer.  #UrbanPlains 
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      2 weeks ago by urban_plains  @avriece  is our video producer. She’s from Washington, Missouri. “Iowa has 75% vowels, and I have 75% no time for that.” Cassie feels that “a lot of stories that have been released during my time here have a lot of impact, and are asking people to take action. So I hope that when people read our stories they will want to do something about the injustices in our country.”  #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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