Kirk Siegler As a correspondent on NPR's national desk, Kirk Siegler covers rural life, culture and politics from his base in Boise, Idaho.
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This year, the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds of produce, while the panels above generate enough power for 300 local homes. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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This Colorado 'solar garden' is literally a farm under solar panels

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The trauma of smaller shootings lasts in local communities for months

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Marge Loennig, 87, says her hometown of Baker City, Ore., has become divided during the COVID-19 pandemic, a far different time than during the polio crisis when she was younger. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Vaccinated seniors navigate life in mostly unvaccinated rural America

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Americans who remember the polio vaccine rollout are eager for COVID boosters

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Police close off a street outside a shopping mall after a shooting in Boise, Idaho, on Monday. Police said there are reports of multiple injuries and one person is in custody. Rebecca Boone/AP hide caption

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Local political leaders asked Physician Assistant Nick Lawyer to resign after extremists disrupted their meetings Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Organizing online, Covid skeptics drive public health professionals from their jobs

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Native American tribes push to get Biden's infrastructure bill passed

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A view in The Valley of the Gods, part of the area that was removed from the national monument when Trump reduced it's size by 85% in 2017. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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From Valley of the Gods to an ancient Anasazi site, see the grandeur of Bears Ears

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North Dakota ranchers have been forced to sell off close to 25% more of their herds over last year. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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A mega-drought is hammering the U.S. In North Dakota, it's worse than the Dust Bowl

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Senate confirms Biden's pick for Bureau of Land Management

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Rural Health Officials Push Back Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate

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Prolonged Heat And Smoke Is Taking Its Toll On West Coast Residents

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It Could Be Weeks Until Caldor Fire Is Contained And More Than 50,000 Can Return Home

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