A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 21, 1980

With 15 states and nearly a third of the U.S.'s population under its purview, our Chicago-based Midwest bureau is never short of stories. But last week, with the embargo of Soviet grain sales sending shock waves through the Great Plains and a herd of presidential hopefuls campaigning in Iowa before the state's party caucuses, the bureau's correspondents found their list of assignments unusually heavy. Says Benjamin Cate, who has been Midwest's chief since 1975: "It was our busiest week with breaking stories since our cover on the Big Freeze of the winter of 1977. And it was just as frantic and...

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