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That Tree, My Unintended Adventure

By Mark Hirsch

While recovering from a near fatal car accident in 2012, I was inspired by a friend to use my iPhone as a camera. This somehow inspired me to embark on a unique adventure of making a photo-a-day of a lone bur oak tree in the middle of a Wisconsin cornfield.

My interaction with That Tree started out organically, and then it evolved into what I describe as my unintended adventure. It seems odd to explain it this way, but I have developed an incredible friendship with a tree.

Our Mission

This issue begins our third year of publishing Prairie Fire. As we celebrate our second birthday, we would like to look back for a moment to our inaugural issue and remember why we are here and consider how far we have come. That a newspaper of any type can show growth and success in these challenging times is an accomplishment, and we have experienced both in our time so far. Many readers have joined us since our July 2007 issue, in which we published our position statement. Our philosophy and our purpose have not wavered, and we feel that publishing that statement again is helpful for us and for all the new readers, advertisers and contributors who have joined us along the way.

Our Mission

Praire Fire Newspaper. From left:  Aaron Vacin, Cris Trautner, and Rod Hutt.
We are Prairie Fire newspaper. We are the progressive voice of the Great Plains. Our goal is to engage our readership with thoughtful, bipartisan discourse on public policy matters complemented by compelling analyses and critiques of the arts and humanities.

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