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How Humboldt, Kansas, became a must-see destination for 2022

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The work done by a dedicated group in the small town in southeast Kansas caught the attention of The New York Times.

Over the past five years, the economic development group A Bolder Humboldt has been at work building up the town with new businesses and renovations along with venues for recreation, all to revitalize their community.

Their efforts paid off as Humboldt was just included on The New York Times' list of "52 Places for a Changed World."

In writing of the town with a population of fewer than 2,000 people, the Times noted that Humboldt was "becoming an unexpected and affordable oasis of cool surrounded by fields of wheat and soybeans."

As for what is driving the revitalization, Paul Cloutier of A Bolder Humboldt says his group asked themselves and others the question, "How do we bring young people back?" The answers they received became their project list.

A revived hotel, the opening of a café and a new fitness center with an award-winning design are just a few of the accomplishments residents and visitors can enjoy in Humboldt.

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