1 week agoby 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
2 weeks agoby urban_plainsMore women are starting to find refuge in running groups. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. #UrbanPlains
4 days agoby 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.”
1 week agoby urban_plainsHold up, we’ve got some cool stuff to raffle off at Hold Up with Mitch and Jessie: Live at Gas Lamp. Join us on Dec. 4 from 7-9 pm at @gaslampdsm with a special guest. We’ll be raffling off two signed @courtney_krause CDs, two #UrbanPlains shirts, two gift certificates for Gas Lamp, and stickers.
2 weeks agoby 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
When refugees resettle to new homes in the states, any familiarity means the world. Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI) provides a variety of post-resettlement services to refugees in Iowa; One in particular is cultivating a taste of home. Global Greens provides an opportunity for former refugee farmers to get their hands in the dirt as they plant new lives here in Iowa. The program provides access to community gardens, training services, and opportunities for markets.
There are many programs similar to Global Greens around the Midwest. For more information, visit one of these websites:
Urban Plains is a student magazine publication at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The magazine is created and published by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication multimedia capstone.