At Home in Greater Nebraska – Dee Hanson

What is the best thing about living in your community?

It’s family. And not just the people here that I am related to, it’s the overall feeling of family and being “at home,” that Columbus embodies. I feel like we take care of each other here, and you can see that in the way that folks volunteer and contribute to our local charities, associations, and organizations. We all put forth the effort to make our community a better place so that everyone living here feels like they can put their feet up at the end of the day in a place they call home.


What was the most important factor in your decision to move to your community?

I wanted to return to a place where I could still have a taste of the career opportunities and entertainment options that I really enjoyed from living in New York City, but also keep that space and calm that I had missed so much. Columbus was and still is a great fit! I’m able to pursue a career I love, and when the work day is over there’s plenty of chances to relax and have fun.


Did you always plan to return to Greater Nebraska? If not, what changed your mind?

Nope, I was your stereotypical “I’m leaving this town and never coming back!” individual. I think sometimes it takes a step away to make you truly appreciate what you have. Do you know how much open sky we have here in Nebraska? And GRASS?! And people that are going to drop everything to help a total stranger in need?! These are the things I missed most, and when I would think about a place where I wanted to settle down and start my family, the honest, simple, and GOOD life that we have here in Nebraska was where I knew I needed to be.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about returning to Greater Nebraska?

Please please PLEASE bring your experience and outside perspective from your time away, and use it as often and as much as you can here! I have seen some of the best ideas and opportunities in Columbus come about when a group of people with different views, opinions and ideas have worked together to make things happen.


What excites you when you think about the future of your community?

I’m excited by the energy here in Columbus. We are not your sleepy little small town. We’re a community that is constantly looking for the next best opportunity to make life better for everyone living and working here.




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