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‘We are about the circle of nature’: An Iowa hunter explains rural America’s love of hunting

By Daniel Allott There are many misconceptions surrounding gun ownership and hunting, Michael Gooder says on the occasion of his family’s annual “Pheasant Opener.” Hunting is all about fellowship and, in Gooder’s case, harvesting and serving the wild bird to the hunters and their guests. “It’s from the hunt to […]

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An Iowa Democrat tells the party what it must do to win again in the rural Midwest

By Daniel Allott For the last two decades, rural America increasingly backed Republicans in presidential elections. But during most of that time, the Upper Mississippi River Valley — an area that includes northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin— remained steadfastly Democratic. Democrats’ success in these sparsely populated […]

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