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Staff spotlight: Finding my place in rural America

County license plate numbers began in Nebraska during the 1920s with more populous counties generally having smaller numbers. Growing up, my father would jokingly ask my mother, who grew up in Thayer County, if she knew who was driving a car with 32 on the license plate, suggesting that she knew everyone in the county.

Staff spotlight: Wyatt’s decades of dedication to rural America continue

Wyatt Fraas’ first job was in agriculture. He spent summers bucking hay bales as the wagon he rode on swayed and creaked across the field, trying to pitch him, and the bales, to the ground.

Throughout the years, he has continued working to better rural America. Today, Wyatt maintains a strong connection with his agricultural roots as interim program director in the Farm & Community Program at the Center for Rural Affairs.

He’s held that position for four months, and has been assistant program director of the program for 15 years.

REAP finds a friend in Holt County

Business owners in O’Neill, Nebraska, are lucky to have Darby Paxton working on their side.

Since 2016, Darby has served as the Holt County Economic Development director, and in that time he’s provided entrepreneurs in the area with countless opportunities for business growth. Darby says he’s gotten invaluable guidance and assistance through the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).

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