Stories

No Place Like Nome: New Life for an Abandoned North Dakota Schoolhouse

It had been years since the former students of the only school in Nome, North Dakota had been back in their gymnasium. A mixture...

The Attraction of Food Service Work Is Plummeting. And Delivery Robots are Thriving.

You’re writing an essay in the campus library when your stomach rumbles. You pull out your phone and order pizza from the dining hall...

Toledo Food Trucks Brew Popularity and Partnerships Amidst the Pandemic

For two years, Lyle’s Crepes was a weekend business for Josh Posadny. He supported himself by working a number of different part-time gigs, throwing...

Building the Midwest’s Carbon-free Future with Nuclear Energy

In 1942 in a laboratory beneath the bleachers of the University of Chicago’s football field, Enrico Fermi and a team of scientists set the...

After Industry: Cleveland’s Renaissance as the Rust Belt Poster Child

On July 2, it was cloudy in New York City. The city’s official Twitter account, which has over 1 million followers, commented on the...

Engineer Misako Hata on Innovating to Help Rural Ohio’s Small Businesses Thrive

In 2018, Athens, Ohio was ranked the poorest county in the state with a poverty rate of 30.6%. Located in the heart of Appalachia,...

How Wisconsin Ginseng Became a Globally Coveted Commodity

Most people know Wisconsin for its cheese—an aged cheddar in a bright red wax or an absurdly cartoonish cheese block in hat form if...

Beyond the Ruins: Toward a New Midwest Architecture (on Twitter)

Situated between a Simpsons screencap and a Suez Canal meme, an old picture of a familiar YMCA in Port Huron, Michigan populates my Twitter...

Building the Midwest’s “Little Tokyo” in Novi, Michigan

Michigan may not seem to be the most likely place for authentic Asian cuisine and experiences, but developers and city leaders in the city of Novi hope that Sakura Novi, a new mixed-use development featuring Japanese and other Asian businesses, will foster cross-cultural connections and support the Asian expatriate community there. The development will be the first of its kind in Michigan and one of only a few in the Midwest. Cover graphic courtesy of sakuranovi.com.

Perspectives on a Post-pandemic Higher Education System

Rapid global and societal shifts have forced higher education institutions to adapt and address existing issues that otherwise may have dragged on in ongoing...

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