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Rural Success Stories

Rural Boutiques

Rural Boutiques

Rural Boutiques

Trendy clothing boutiques are popping up across rural Nebraska, bringing fresh, vibrant color palettes and one-of-a-kind items to satisfy even the toughest fashionistas. Writer Kristine Jacobson visits…

36 Hours Project

36 Hours Project

36 Hours Project

Nebraska Rural Living is about celebrating and encouraging rural living. Once people visit rural Nebraska, they are amazed at all there is to offer and want to come back. That…

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Tight spaces and dark places call out for lighting. When surroundings and settings sync with light, people work with more focus, play with more zest and relax in more comfort…

Nebraska Through The Lens

Nebraska Through The Lens

Nebraska Through The Lens

Amateur photographer Steve Evans of Holdrege started a public Facebook group in June 2013 so he and a few friends could share their scenic Nebraska photos. Two years later, the…

Keystone Business Center

Keystone Business Center

Keystone Business Center

Abandoned buildings don’t need to be a sign of decline and deterioration in rural Nebraska. Instead, they can serve as a springboard for the imagination…

Bridal Isle

Bridal Isle

Bridal Isle

The gorgeous gowns at the Bridal Isle in Loomis, Nebraska, caused writer Michelle McCormick to swoon. She was there to get an update on the store that’s made a…

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

Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake

You’ll be tapping your toe and singing along by the time you finish Kristine Jacobson’s essay about her favorite place to get away during the summer. At the…

Only in Rural Nebraska

Only in Rural Nebraska

Only in Rural Nebraska

Writer Michelle McCormick has many reasons to love Nebraska, but mostly because of the unexpected that might wait just around the corner. This month she explored southeast Nebraska with a…

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 might seem like a long ways off, but if you plan to stake out the perfect viewing spot for the next total solar eclipse, it never hurts to plan…

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that Betty Sayers, co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living from Holdrege, Nebraska, received the 2015 Seventh Generation Award…

Witness the annual spring migration

Witness the annual spring migration

Witness the annual spring migration

The annual spring migration is a sight every Nebraskan should witness at least once. March is the height of spring migration season and Betty Sayers has rounded up the best…

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Kristi Spiegel and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 33 years and riding motorcycles together for more than 35 years. They’ve traveled a lot of miles on their…

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!

Rural Foodies

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Writer Michelle McCormick has a special talent for finding the most extraordinary places to explore in rural Nebraska. Again this month, she doesn’t disappoint. She’s found a greenhouse…

SOZO American Cuisine

SOZO American Cuisine

Readers’ reviews led the Rural Foodies to Kearney, Nebraska, where they found that SOZO American Cuisine is featuring locally grown products. In rural Nebraska, you are often just minutes from…

Between The Slices

Between The Slices

We started with dessert. We couldn’t help it. The pies called to us from the counter like Sirens in a Greek myth. Coconut cream, key lime, mixed berry. We…

The Enchanted Bakery

The Enchanted Bakery

A cake draped in a layer of dark chocolate and topped with chocolate-covered cherries sits next to a cheesecake adorned with a flower made of fresh peach slices and…

Bella Italia Restaurant

Bella Italia Restaurant

During the gray of January, writer and Rural Foodie adventurer Betty Sayers headed to Cozad where she knew a tasty pick-me-up was waiting. There she indulged in the…

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Good stories always start with something surprising, and no one was more surprised than James and Robbie Arp when their spur-of-the-moment idea to open a barbecue restaurant…

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!

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A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

When Nebraska Rural Living received a few beautiful hunting dog pictures, we knew we needed…

Oxford Locker

Oxford Locker

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

Speak-Easy Restaurant

Speak-Easy Restaurant

Artists work with charcoals, pencils and paintbrushes, but Chef Ryan Puls of The Speakeasy in…

McCook, Nebraska

McCook, Nebraska

Although McCook, like many rural Nebraska communities, can boast of friendly people, excellent schools and…

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