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Palù del Fersina's Mayor Franco Moar stands outside the town hall. The northern Italian village of 160 people is one of 21 villages across Italy that has been granted $20 million to combat population loss and boost the local economy. Palù del Fersina is one of three villages in the northern Trentino region where locals speak the Mòcheno language. Adam Raney/NPR hide caption

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Italy is spending hundreds of millions to save dying villages. Will it work?

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Calvin (right), who wouldn't give his last name, citing safety, says he's concerned about rumors of antifa activists coming to Missoula. But such rumors have been debunked. Nick Mott/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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Sukup Manufacturing Co.'s thriving factory outside tiny Sheffield, Iowa, gives the town an economic anchor. But that hasn't stopped the population numbers from slipping. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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As Rural Towns Lose Population, They Can Learn To 'Shrink Smart'

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A road several miles north of Neligh, Neb. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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In 'This Blessed Earth,' The Outdated Romance Of The Family Farm

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