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CLOVER: I mean, there was a bakery, a little bakery, several restaurants, pool halls, of course, banks. When I moved here in canadian goose jacket the ’60s, there were three grocery stores. Now the number is zero.

MORRIS: Cawker City has a common rural problem. One hundred forty years ago, when it was formed, the big families living on many small nearby farms had no Canada Goose Outlet other place to shop or shoot pool. Since then, Canada Goose Online though, the canada goose uk shop farms have grown much bigger, and the remaining families are canada goose factory sale smaller. And increasingly, they’re doing much of uk canada goose their shopping online. canada goose uk outlet As career opportunities in town dry up, ambitious young adults tend to move away.

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Canada Goose Outlet MORRIS: But as buy canada goose jacket places like Cawker City struggle to remain viable, others like Garden City, Kan., are booming. Canada Goose Outlet

cheap Canada Goose MORRIS: Three, 4 and 5 year olds are streaming into their parents’ arms at this pre K school in Garden City. Principal Josh Guymon says enrollment is up sharply since the start of the school year, and these parents come from all over the world. cheap Canada Goose

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Canada Goose Jackets MORRIS: According to the latest census, only about 40 percent of residents here in Garden City classify as canada goose white non Hispanic. Albert Kyaw, canada goose store a canada goose black friday sale translator for the district, comes from Myanmar. Canada Goose Jackets

ALBERT KYAW: Garden City is the most diverse community here in Canada Goose Parka Kansas. Yes, we have, you know, 27 different languages spoken in the district.

buy canada goose jacket MORRIS: That’s 27 languages minimum in a town of 27,000. And these people are busy. Unemployment hovers around 3 percent. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose sale MATT ALLEN: In this region, we pump water out of the Canada Goose Jackets ground to grow a tropical plant in the sand hills in mass so that we can feed cattle in mass so that we can kill cattle in mass so that we can distribute beef in mass. And that requires a big workforce. That is the sort of common thread through the economy. Canada Goose sale

MORRIS: And all those workers producing food that the rest of the country buys bring wealth, stores, services and terrific ethnic restaurants canada goose clearance sale to this remote western Kansas town. And all that, in turn, helps Garden City hang on to workers.

ALLEN: For us, that matters. It’s about workforce. It’s about do we have enough fuel to run the engine?

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Canada Goose online MORRIS: Sister Janice Thome slides behind the wheel of the faded red Ford pickup truck she uses to haul donated furniture Canada Goose online to newcomers. She says Garden City’s turning point came in the 1970s when city, business and church leaders debated bringing in a meatpacking plant. Canada Goose online

canada goose coats THOME: And they said, if we say no, then Garden City’s liable to become one of these ghost towns like many other towns. If we say yes, then we’ve got a vibrant economy, but then we’re going to be bringing in all of, quotes, “those people.” canada goose coats

canada goose coats on sale MORRIS: Those people, as in immigrants, mostly poor ones who don’t speak buy canada goose jacket cheap English and need significant help getting their footing in a new culture. canada goose coats on sale

canada goose store THOME: They decided they didn’t want to be a ghost town, so they would say yes, and then they said, OK, are we going to count the people that come in then as a blessing canada goose clearance or a curse? canada goose store

canada goose clearance MORRIS: Viewing them as a blessing won out. And after a lot of persistence, effort and patience, a pro immigrant ethos has gradually taken root here. And Ahmed canada goose uk black friday Hassan Ali (ph), a sunny, young Somali meat packer, says he never wants to leave. canada goose clearance

AHMED HASSAN ALI: This town, this is so nice. Also the people in this town, they are so great people. We love them. And uk canada goose outlet also they love us, yeah, for sure.

canada goose MORRIS: In a way, Garden City offers the same basic deal now that settlers around here embraced in the late 1800s foreigners moving to a remote part of the country working hard and creating a tight knit community to call home. For canada goose coats on sale NPR News, I’m Frank Morris. canada goose

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