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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Staff spotlight: Nina brings organizational knowledge to northeast Nebraska

Until almost a decade ago, Nina Lanuza had always lived in big cities. Then, she moved to Schuyler, Nebraska, and hasn’t looked back since.

“At this point in my life, I don’t think I will ever move back to an urban area,” she said. “Rural America offers a sense of community, unity, social relationships, and peace. The air is filled with birdsong in the mornings, and I know who is in my son's classroom or on his baseball team—those are all priceless to me.”

Staff spotlight: Eunice encourages inclusion in rural America

Though she was born and raised in a metropolitan area, Eunice Ramirez feels more at home in rural America.

“I was raised in a big city where farming and small town areas were things I only read about in books,” Eunice said. “My first visit to Nebraska was back in 2000. I fell in love with the small town feel, where everyone waved hello.”

The El Paso, Texas, native recently joined the Center for Rural Affairs team as an inclusion assistant, a position she’s passionate about.

Entrepreneurs find success by breathing new life into old items

Like many locally-owned businesses in small towns, Old Cottonwood, in Utica, Nebraska, is more than just another store—it’s the hard work, dedication, and dreams of the owners coming to fruition.

From selling part-time in their online Etsy shop, to expansion into a brick and mortar store, owners Brent and Leah Daehling have run Old Cottonwood since 2005.

Speaking up for small farms in rural America

For almost four years, Anna Johnson has been the leader of the agricultural policy portfolio at the Center for Rural Affairs. Recently, she shared her thoughts on the Center’s agricultural policy development when she joined host Michelle Rathman on the podcast Rural Matters. The policy manager also gave her insights on the impact on small farmers due to COVID-19, among other topics.

Staff spotlight: Halle helps develop business dreams in southeast Nebraska

Recently a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Halle Ramsey is off and running in her new career with the Center for Rural Affairs.

As a business development specialist, Halle coordinates one-on-one consultations and virtual webinars that provide knowledge, support, tools, resources, and accountability to entrepreneurs on a variety of business topics including start-up assistance, financial awareness, marketing and sales, and management.

These responsibilities are exactly what Halle hoped she’d find in her new role.