Midwest

Midwest Sees Economic Growth

Feb 2, 2017
Creighton University

The Midwest economy continues to see growth as 2017 gets underway. Businesses are also seeing expanding confidence and new manufacturing jobs.

The Rural Main Street Index is a monthly survey sent out from Creighton University in Omaha to business leaders across nine Midwestern states. The index reached above growth neutral for the third straight month.  It ended January at 54.7. This is the highest the score the index has reached since February 2015. Surveyors also recorded the highest level of economic confidence in over six years.

Midwest Economy Struggling

Aug 16, 2016
SDPB

One survey on the Midwestern economy shows one in five farmers may have expenses exceeding revenue this year.

The report blames falling farm prices.

The Rural Mainstreet Index shows farm prices have decreased 9% over the last year. The study surveys bank CEOs across the Midwest about economic conditions. Ernie Goss is the Economics Chair at Creighton University. He says multiple agriculture sectors are really struggling.

University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.

Interview with Author of "Small-Town Dreams"

May 30, 2014
Kansas Press

South Dakota State University professor emeritus of History John Miller profiled 22 men who left their small-town upbringings and went on to do great things in his new book "Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America." Through these life-stories, a history of American unfolds as Miller covers entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, entertainers, political figures and athletes. Some of his subjects include Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan and Bob Feller. John Miller joined the program to discuss the process of compiling these stories.

Books Tout Midwestern History

Jan 28, 2014

Jon Lauck argues that the American Midwest is an orphan among regions.  In comparison to the South, the far West and New England, its history has been sadly neglected.  Lauck said the Midwest has played a crucial role in the development of the entire country.  Lauck, an attorney, historian and senior advisor to Senator John Thune, is the author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."  He was joined by South Dakota State University emeritus professor of history John Miller.  Miller tells the stories of men who grew up in the middle of America and transformed the nation

"This Place, These People"

Dec 16, 2013

In the tradition of Solomon D. Butcher, who photographed some of the first Midwestern settlers in the nineteenth century, and Wright Morris, who captured the lives of farmers’ in the twentieth century, This Place, These People provides a photographic and vernacular portrait of disappearing farm places of the Great Plains. The book pairs photographer Nancy Warner's stark black and white photographs with the plain-spoken recollections of the people who live near abandoned farm places.

The American Midwest is an orphan among regions.  In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, its history has been sadly neglected.