Creating a community where people want to live

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By Paula Jensen

I often hear jovial stories and stereotypes, in and out of rural places, about how small-town people are stuck in the 1960s and refuse to accept change. They joke that we nostalgically hang on to our traditions, our history, our ways of doing things, and our small-town values. Personally, I choose to live in a small town because it’s safe, close to family, and offers me the quality of life I need.

I don’t appreciate these generalizations and stereotypes about how rural people are stuck in an outdated place. Those words certainly don't represent the community leaders I work alongside every day. But don't misunderstand, there are people leading and living in rural places that are stuck in an old system and their hard truth is: It's not 1969 and it never will be again.


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