Jennifer Kalmback cooks at The Corner.

Jennifer Kalmback came to the area by way of Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV and settled in Blunt. “I’ve been living in Blunt five years,” said Jennifer. She began working at The Corner convenience store last fall.

Jennifer says that after her 2001 graduation from Cortez High School in Phoenix, she had thought to enter the medical profession and “I attempted to go to medical school, it just wasn’t my thing. It was too hard for me seeing kids hurting, so I decided against it.”

Instead, Jennifer went into the service industry, working in hotels. “I ran the front desk at a hotel in Arizona,” said Jennifer.

She did similar work after moving to Las Vegas. “In Vegas I was working in hotels and casinos. I worked at the Venetian.”

Jennifer says that she and husband Mike wanted to get away from the big city when they moved to Blunt five years ago. “Vegas is just a mess,” said Jennifer. “Lots of people busy everywhere. People are different here. Everyone’s a lot nicer here and easier to get along with. People help each other out. I don’t have to worry about my kids when they’re in school.

The Kalmbacks have four children, a daughter Makyla, still living in Arizona, Sully Buttes sophomore Evin, and five-year-old Mychael and two-year-old Jennelle.

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