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Business owners hunt for knowledge, find it through REAP training

More than a bed and breakfast, more than a hunting lodge—Whitetail River Lodge, outside of Niobrara, Nebraska, is a home away from home for its guests.

The lodge offers deer and turkey hunting on 6,000 acres of leased ground. Accommodations include lodging and meals for up to 18 people, as well as a dining area that can be used for small meetings or events.

Wind turbine technology program blows in opportunity for students and small towns

The U.S. is home to one of the largest and fastest-growing wind markets in the world, and many states are taking advantage of that by developing wind farms to generate clean, renewable energy.

Programs all over the country exist to train technicians to work on those wind farms. One such program exists in Mitchell, South Dakota, at Mitchell Technical Institute. There, technicians are trained to install, inspect, maintain, operate, and repair wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.

Staff spotlight: Justin jumps around the globe, lands at the Center

There’s no place like home, especially when home is rural America.

Just ask Justin Carter.

Though his travels have taken him all around the world, Justin recently found his way back to his home state.

“I grew up in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, just outside of Omaha, and while we were close to the city, I had all the characteristics of a rural kid,” said Justin. “I worked on farms in the summer and went hunting in the fall. Rural America had a large impact on my upbringing, and I’ve always been proud to say I’m from a small town.”

State line determines access to health care coverage

The 102nd meridian and 41st parallel separate Colorado and Nebraska. When crossing this artificial barrier, you will not see a big change in the landscape, people, or towns. However arbitrary these borders may be, your place on either side can greatly change your access to one important service: Medicaid.

Staff spotlight: Jack dives into data at the Center

Rural America—once a part of your life, always a part of your life.

While many people can relate to this idea, Jack Dill knows this to be true from personal experience.

Growing up on a family farm in south central Nebraska, Jack was raised rural. After living in Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, for 20 years, he’s now back to rural America, and resides outside of Fort Calhoun, on a small acreage.

Recently, he took on the role of data and evaluation manager at the Center for Rural Affairs—home of the unapologetically rural.

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