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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.

Jams and jellies are lifelong passion for business owner

Danelle Nutt has loved jellies and jams her whole life. Little did she know one day she’d make a living preparing and selling them to eager customers all over central Nebraska.

“Growing up, I had to have jelly on my toast, egg sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, you name it,” said Danelle. “My mom would make plum and chokecherry, and to this day, they are my all-time favorites to have opened and ready to lather on something.”

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