Rural Success Stories

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

It’s summertime and prime time for picnics with family and friends in rural Nebraska. But, what’s the one problem that always occurs with the drink dispenser at your…

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

As the editor of a small rural Nebraska newspaper, there’s seldom a murder or plane crash to cover. Sometimes there’s still political drama, but most of the time…

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

For many rural Nebraska kids, spring means it’s time to purchase animals to raise and nurture in hopes that one will bring home a purple ribbon or championship trophy…

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing who is looking into the future of farming by adding drone technology to its offerings. Hawkins is showing that even after 35 years, companies need to keep innovating…

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Kristi Dvorak caught quite a fish tale when she visited with the Cooper family in Sutherland. She learned about their business, Big Eye Spinnerbaits, which has expanded to involve the…

School House Graphic Products

School House Graphic Products

School House Graphic Products

For almost 15 years, students in Arnold High School have been doing more than learning about business. They have been running one through an award-winning program that provides hands…

In over 50 editions of NRL, we have featured articles about entrepreneurs and successful businesses ranging from profiles of interesting, motivated sole proprietors and family businesses to large, multi-million dollar enterprises. Explore our Rural Success Stories!

Articles & Essays

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Arnold is the epitome of Nebraska’s state slogan “Visit Nebraska. Visit Nice.” In fact, some people from across the United States and Canada say it’s the friendliest place…

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Bird watchers flocked to south-central Nebraska this spring, but many waterfowl and cranes did not. Why was there a decline in bird numbers, and will they return next year…

Celosia

Celosia

Celosia

Celosia. A word derived from the Greek, meaning “burning,” referring to the flame-like form and color of the flowers. Celosia is a member of the amaranth family whose place…

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival is more than children’s fairytales and a dance in the park

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival is more than children’s fairytales and a dance in the park

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival is more than children’s fairytales and a dance in the park

For 21 years, people in McCook have been sharing songs, stories and history through the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival. The festival began as a challenge against academics who insisted that…

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

When Eric Overmiller of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was looking to make the perfect second impression on a date with Tara, who is now his wife, he was looking for the perfect…

Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Betty Sayers was so intrigued by the story of how Chez Bubba owners Matt and Julie Howe found their way back to rural Nebraska that she encouraged them to share…

Our Articles & Essays offer both commissioned articles as well as submissions from our readers that deal with the life and lifestyle of rural Nebraska. Some are poignant personal reminiscences, some are serious and scholarly, some are upbeat descriptions of the way we live and the activities we pursue. Explore our Article & Essays!

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Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt feels blessed that Nebraska has always been her home. Through the years…

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson is a retired life-long nature and wildlife lover. He enjoys landscape photography…

Jean Welborn

Jean Welborn

500 Days is an outdoor art installation comprised of twelve acrylic paintings by Jean Welborn…

Garald Horst

Garald Horst

Garald Horst is from a farm in Northeast Nebraska. His first photography venture was black…

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan grew up on her family’s farm and cattle operation where she developed…

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett- Meitl has lived in McCook, NE for the past 33 years. She grew…

Bill Coe

Bill Coe

Bill has attended numerous shows and has worked from coast to coast. He trained briefly…

Shawn Erickson

Shawn Erickson

Shawn Erickson from Eclectic Images is a photographer from South Central Nebraska…

Desiree Hajny

Desiree Hajny

Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in carving full time since 1985…

Patricia Scarborough

Patricia Scarborough

Nebraska native Patricia Scarborough has focused on painting landscapes of the Midwest since she wound…

Rural Foodies

The Dairy Barn

The Dairy Barn

Mmmm Summer! It’s like a taking a trip back in time at Alma’s old-fashioned Dairy Barn, where hungry lake visitors, travelers and locals feast on gourmet hamburgers…

Cunningham’s Feed

Cunningham’s Feed

Sixteen years ago, Kevin and Mitzi Urbom’s daughter suggested the possibility of opening a restaurant in their hometown of Arapahoe so she could practice her new culinary skills. While…

Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

If you love tailgating at Husker football games, you may have met Captain Todd Morgan, or “Captain Morgan” as he likes to joke. A firefighter for the Grand Island Fire…

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

When the Rural Foodies heard about David Vetter and Grain Place Foods from organic growers near Bertrand, Nebraska, they had to find out the scoop. So they headed to Marquette…

Eustis Pool Hall

Eustis Pool Hall

The legendary Eustis Pool Hall on Railway Street in Eustis, Nebraska, is approaching 100 years of delivering food, beverages and good times for families in the Eustis, Cozad, Lexington, and…

Chez Bubba Café

Chez Bubba Café

At Chez Bubba in Goehner, you’re as likely to run into a businessman in a suit as you are a farmer who has just stopped in after checking his…

One of the most popular features on our site, the Rural Foodies prove that great culinary experiences aren’t the sole province of big cities. Explore our Rural Foodies!

Spend 36 Hours in Rural Nebraska

Nebraska Rural Living wins Best Digital/Social Media Campaign from Nebraska Tourism
Nebraska Rural Living’s 36 Hour Project was recently honored as the Best Digital/Social Media Campaign by Nebraska Tourism. The 36 Hour Project features a 36 hour itinerary to attract tourists to the rural Nebraska communities in southwest Nebraska. Between April and August 2015, page visits to NebraskaRuralLiving.com jumped from 4,800 to 325,971. Visit the 36 Hour Project to discover trails and towns in the Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook regions of Nebraska.

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Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt feels blessed that Nebraska has always been her home. Through the years…

Oxford Locker

Oxford Locker

Writer Roni Lewis visited Oxford Locker in Oxford, Nebraska, recently where she found owner Carl…

Grinders Food Truck

Grinders Food Truck

The orange glow of the Grinders Food Truck lures diners in first, but then they…

Finding Nebraska Rural Living in New York City

Finding Nebraska Rural Living in New York City

When writer Angela Davis visited New York City recently, she found herself surrounded by water…

Red Cloud, Nebraska

Red Cloud, Nebraska

Red Cloud’s place is unique in American and Nebraska history. Celebrated author, Willa Cather…

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