Here are a handful of stories I've seen recently:
This College Football Team Doesn't Want To Join The Big Leagues - Bloomberg. North Dakota State. I wouldn't if I were them.
After 75 years, baseball in Bakersfield has struck out - LA Times
The Rise and Fall of Gerd Bonk, the World Champion of Doping - Vice Sports
The Start-up That Watches Corn Grow, From Orbit - The Atlantic
Minnesota Farmers Turn To Bankruptcy As Low Prices Continue - AgWeb
America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates - The Salt
The Biggest Distillery You've Never Heard of is in Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Cincinnati Magazine
The Feudal Origins of America's Most Hated Tax - The Atlantic
Where the Confederacy is Rising Again - Politico
Trouble Signs for Donald Trump: Ambivalence in Exurbs - Wall Street Journal. I'd be embarrassed if rural areas showed up on this chart.