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Rural winds of change

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Life has changed on the country roads of BV, but a veteran supervisor finds that rural/urban teamwork holds positive hopes for the future.

As she begins her 17th year as a Buena Vista County Supervisor, and her fifth go-round as the chairperson of the board, Lorna Burnside pauses to reflect on how the county and rural life has changed, and how it is likely to evolve in the years to come.

"There has been so much change that has impacted the farms and the little towns, and I can't honestly tell you where it's going to stop. We have seen times of change in rural Iowa before, but I don't think I've every seen any this pronounced," Burnside said in a Pilot-Tribune interview.

"The supervisors are just as concerned as all the people living on the farms and in the small towns are, because this is our roots," she said. "Growth just hasn't caught on in much of rural Iowa. The land will always be there, but will the people be there? This trend started a long time ago when many young men decided they didn't want to stay on the farm with their dads, but since then it has come to the point where that land may not be able to support two families any more if they do want to stay."

Read the rest of this article in the 1/25 Pilot Tribune.



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