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Dixie Johnson does an interview for television half way up a climbing wall Aug. 16, 2012.

SHERIDAN — For Sheridan native Dixie Johnson, the wide open spaces of the Bighorn Mountains and small, close-knit communities of Sheridan County is what ignites her passion for helping local businesses. As CEO of Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Johnson celebrates 11 years of growing alongside her team, volunteers and Chamber members.

The youngest of eight children, Johnson is a fourth-generation Sheridanite. Along with several cousins, aunts and uncles, her roots in the community go back to her great-great-grandfather who started ERA Carroll Realty Company in Sheridan, now owned by Thomas Belus.

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