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Small-town clinic gets to the heart of hometown health care

Kristi Eggers was raised rural, and has always loved helping others. Little did she know those two aspects of her life would forge a lifelong career and passion for rural health care.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Kristi’s love of rural began on the farm where she grew up. As a teenager, Kristi volunteered after school each day as a candy striper at her local hospital, a position which sparked her interest in the medical field.

Iowa sixth-graders urge candidates to address our changing climate

In many ways, Jack Spence and Thomas Sauer are normal sixth grade students.

Jack enjoys playing sports, Thomas’ favorite school subject is social studies, and the two boys have been friends since their elementary years.

In recent months, the duo has been advocating for leaders to prioritize our climate on a national political scale. As presidential candidates flood through their hometown ahead of the Iowa caucuses, the boys are making sure candidates hear questions about the changing climate and its impact on rural Iowa, from the youth.

Conservation practices breed longevity and success

Though Del Ficke had an established career in the health care industry, his heart was always back home on the family farm.

The draw of wide open spaces and working with livestock was too much to resist. So, for 30 years, Del has made agriculture his priority, and takes pride in managing Ficke Cattle Company in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.

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