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'My Life, My Town': Madelyne And Landon Brand

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

Siblings Madelyne and Landon Brand balance active school, family time and working on the farm near Glasgow, Mo.


A high school senior, Madelyne cheerleads, serves as the Glasgow FFA President, and participates in Band and Choir. On the weekends, she works at the local bank. She cannot wait to leave the small-town life and the farm.

"I don't want to come back, but I will probably just end up back here," she said.

She aspires to become an actress, but is still deciding where she is going to school in the fall.

Her brother Landon is a sophomore. He is involved in sports like baseball and track, FFA, Band and Choir. He enjoys small-town life and wants to return to the farm after college.

"I like the small-town size of Glasgow. Anything else would be too big," said Landon.

On the weekends, Landon enjoys being outdoors working with family or in the field. He also likes to go fishing with his brother, Preston.

Only time will tell whether the siblings end up in different places in the end, or wind up coming back and staying in Glasgow.

Producers: Lizz Cardwell and Carah Hart

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