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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).

“Faces of Hastings” exhibit: diversity in a rural Nebraska community

Rural Nebraska, home to many diverse people, is now being showcased in a new book created by students and faculty at Hastings College.

Dr. Jessica Henry, professor of communication studies and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, brought the idea to students and staff. An idea that was inspired by “Faces of Change,” from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, where the library director saw changes in demographics in his town and wanted to build a bridge between cultures.

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