Success Stories

Payton Kinne: Hometown boy returns

Payton Kinne: Hometown boy returns

Hometown boy returns to serve and protect Grand Island The opportunity to serve the community in a city that supports its police attracted Payton Kinne back to his hometown of Grand Island. Payton joined the Grand Island Police Department in March 2021 after earning a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center…

Brittany Blase: A lot to offer

Brittany Blase: A lot to offer

A job offer brought Brittany Blase back to Grand Island, but relationships are a big part of why she stays. “The experience I’ve gained in the medical field along with the personal and professional relationships I’ve acquired during my time back home make living in Grand Island a no-brainer,” she said. Brittany graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 2013 and from the University of Nebraska Medical…

Bradley Brooks

Bradley Brooks

Officer Brooks found a better opportunity for himself and his family in the middle of Nebraska. See why he moved halfway across the US and is now proud to call Grand Island home. View Law Enforcement Opportunities

Payton Kinne

Payton Kinne

Hometown boy returns to serve and protect Grand Island The opportunity to serve the community in a city that supports its police attracted Payton Kinne back to his hometown of Grand Island. Payton joined the Grand Island Police Department in March 2021 after earning a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center…

Lynda Conner

Lynda Conner

Lynda Conner relocated to Grand Island from across the country with her husband, and wouldn’t run her business or raise her family anywhere else.

Alexis Rose

Alexis Rose

Rose finds chance to learn specialties in Grand Island Police Department Officer Alexis Rose chose the Grand Island Police Department for a chance to get out of her comfort zone and learn something new. Rose joined the department in August 2021 after earning a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She graduated from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training…

Josue & Anya Covarrubias: Opportunity and education

Josue & Anya Covarrubias: Opportunity and education

A friendship forged over state science standards played a role in a couple of educators moving to Grand Island. Josue Covarrubias grew up in South Sioux City, earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then returned home to teach world languages at South Sioux City High School. That’s where he met his future wife, Anya, who grew up in Cope, CO, and…

Sierra Thyfault

Sierra Thyfault

Sierra Thyfault returned to her home of Grand Island after a time in a larger metro area to open Helium Salon in the Railside district.

Brent & Beth Frerichs: Family friendly

Brent & Beth Frerichs: Family friendly

Work brought Brent and Beth Frerichs to Grand Island, but the small-town atmosphere and big-city amenities are two of the reasons they stay. Brent grew up in Axtell and Beth in West Point, but they both attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “After college, I was offered a position at Chief Buildings as a project designer,” Brent said. He moved to Grand Island in 2005 but returned to Lincoln…

Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera came home to Grand Island from a larger city to manage his business and raise a family.

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