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This is the inaugural issue of what we hope will be many issues to come.

NICRS stands for the Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies. What do we mean by northwest Iowa? Boundaries are always arguable and certainly permeable, but the most practical borders are those encompassing the tallgrass prairie on the north with the Iowa-Minnesota state borders, on the south with U.S. Highway 20, on the east with the Little Sioux River valley, and on the west with the Big Sioux River valley.

What is the mission of NICRS? To understand and care about the people, land, and communities of northwest Iowa. For more on NICRS, see our home page.

So, the NICRS Journal is a multimedia digital publication that is meant to foster an understanding and caring of northwest Iowa through studies and reflections on this region, or places with some bearing on this region. The things published will be in various forms—written, photographic, and other—and from various disciplinary/interdisciplinary perspectives—academic, literary, reflective.

Our hope is to foster a conversation about place—and this place, northwest Iowa, especially.  In this first issue, we present two student papers and a digital display of postcards.

Inaugural Issue

Doug Anderson, Professor of History, Co-Editor
Keith Fynaardt, Professor of English, Co-Editor
Greta Grond, Ramaker Library, Managing Editor

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Sica (Sieche) Hollow State Park in the Eyes of Several Dakota Dwellers

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