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Richard and Mary Schurr make their way into Girard's grocery along with Girard's employee Bert Serna in Osborne. Osborne County has about 4,200 residents, and recently has seen some young families returning for the easier pace of life and safety. But generally, rural counties in Kansas are losing population at an alarming pace.

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Kansas struggles with rural depopulation

Waiting to deliver a load of sunflowers at a processing plant, dryland farmer Tim Peterson was of two minds about rural Kansas.

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