Jim & Faye Metz

Jim and Faye Metz are Rural by Choice (photo by Bree McReynolds-Baetz).

Jim Metz took the long way home. After graduating from Kansas State University, and spending time in the Peace Corps, Metz took a job working at a resort in the Pacific island nation of Samoa. There he met his wife Faye, and just two years ago they decided to return to Jim’s hometown to raise their family.

“We chose to move back to Lincoln County to be closer to family and friends and put down some roots,” Jim said. “Having kids of our own we wanted them to grow up around their immediate and distant relatives. There are still a good number of my childhood friends living in Lincoln, or close by, and there is something to be said about the quality of friendships you make in your youth as compared to those after graduating high school.”

Jim took a job as a Trust Officer with Citizens State Bank & Trust Co. in Lincoln, and Faye has recently opened Island Day Care, filling a key need in the community.

“It’s a great comfort to know the people you interact with on a daily basis,” Jim said. “Shopping, doctor visits, ball games, and even walking down main street is more enjoyable when you know the people you are dealing with. We have a beautiful city park, great teachers at our schools, a couple restaurants that I would prefer over anywhere in a big city, and a pristine lake that is less than 30 minutes away.”

Jim says technology has brought the world closer together, and made small town living, bigger than ever before.

“It’s a given that life in ‘rural’ America has it’s limitations in regards to variety of goods and services and not as many ‘conveniences,’” Jim said. “However, today I can get almost anything I need from the palm of my hand. Technology has given us the ability to access information from anywhere and the ability to buy almost anything and get it in less than 48 hours. That is a ‘convenience’ that should allow rural communities to compete with cities for population growth. Combine that with affordable housing, short commutes, a big back yard, friendly neighbors who I can trust, and an active recreation department for kids and adults and I don’t know why anyone would want to deal with the stressors that come with life in a city.”

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