Emily Barnett and her husband met in Kansas City while he was living in a small town in Central Nebraska. Kurt was working at Becton Dickinson in Broken Bow, while he and Emily continued a long-distance relationship for two years. After they got married Emily was hesitant to move to rural Nebraska after all the closest Target was an hour away.

Two years ago, Emily made the move to rural Nebraska, and she fell in love with the beauty of the landscape as well as the sense of community everywhere she went. Initially, her job search was fruitless. Then the chamber of commerce directed her toward the radio station, KBBN/KCNI. They had a job opening, but it wasn’t necessarily an area she intended on working in. Emily took the job as the News & Public Affairs Director. Even though the job isn’t what she expected, she loved doing it. Now, Emily loves telling the stories of Custer County, especially when she gets to write about the different fundraisers and benefits in the area. “Everyone has a story here in Custer County and they are proud of it,” Emily said. Professionally, Emily was honored by winning an award through the Nebraska Broadcasters Association for stories she wrote about the mobile STEM lab and the library renovation.
One of Emily’s favorite parts of Custer County is experiencing everything summer has to offer. Custer County comes to life in the summer. Every weekend there is some kind of festival or county fair close by with fun for the entire family and she is always impressed by the beauty of Custer County. Emily especially loves getting to share the summers with her own family, her husband and her 10-month-old son Carl.
Emily assures she loves it here in Custer County, and that it’s a fantastic place to grow a family. Even without a Target, Emily feels like she was able to find a place in Custer County to further develop herself, her career, and her family.