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Rural Success Stories

American Agricultural Laboratory

American Agricultural Laboratory

American Agricultural Laboratory

A look inside American Agricultural Laboratory Inc., owned by Kevin and Christine Grooms, is a science enthusiast’s dream as chemists and biologists test soil, water, fertilizer and animal feed…

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you check into the Orleans Hotel, you won’t receive a plastic card key to open the door to your room. Instead, you’ll receive an old-fashioned key…

Blue Sky Cabins

Blue Sky Cabins

Blue Sky Cabins

What some saw as empty, expensive blue sky has become a prosperous and passionate business endeavor for Steve and Debby Dornhoff, who operate Blue Sky Cabins on the southeast edge…

The Nebraska Skydiving School

The Nebraska Skydiving School

The Nebraska Skydiving School

It was with a mixture of fear and awe that writer Michelle McCormick set out to capture this month’s rural success story. She traveled just down the road to…

20/20 Technologies

20/20 Technologies

20/20 Technologies

Brett Warren is helping schools across rural Nebraska link into the latest technology through his thriving business, 20/20 Technologies. As a teen, Brett was often called out of class…

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…

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

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

Nick Hoffman fell in love with rural Nebraska and Kansas 23 years ago and since then, he and his father, who lives in Omaha, have made an annual trip to…

Growing community, helping charities, working together

Growing community, helping charities, working together

Growing community, helping charities, working together

This fall in Phelps County, a new entrance is being constructed at a nursing home, a new concession stand and multi-purpose practice facility will be built at the high…

NRL launches new online art gallery

NRL launches new online art gallery

NRL launches new online art gallery

The Fine Art in Towns under 10,000 online art gallery is up and ready for you to explore. Take a look at 10 rural Nebraska artists. Learn what inspires…

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

We are excited to announce a new section has just been added to Nebraska Rural Living. We’ve really enjoyed featuring entrepreneurs and restaurants, but over and over again, we…

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Water conservation is a hot topic across the United States. In Nebraska, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District has launched a pilot to focus on the best way to…

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…

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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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…

Alissa Millsap

Alissa Millsap

Alissa Millsap, born of a carpenter, has dreaming and creating in her blood. She is…

Deb Goodenberger

Deb Goodenberger

Deb Goodenberger lives on a farm south of McCook with her husband. She has been…

Susan Hart

Susan Hart

Susan Hart received her Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from Kearney State College…

Beth Cole

Beth Cole

Beth Cole is a former web designer who exchanged pixels for a paintbrush in 2012…

Sherry McClymont

Sherry McClymont

Sherry has been painting off and on most of her adult life. Basically self-taught…

Rural Foodies

Plainsman Steakhouse

Plainsman Steakhouse

Rumors of fine food or craft beer will lure the Rural Foodies to the most hidden niches of rural Nebraska. This month, the promise of great food with excellent service…

House of Memories

House of Memories

The House of Memories in St. Paul, Nebraska, is a charming restaurant, catering, and gift shop business run by the mother/daughter team of Brenda Janssen and Dee Patten. Brenda…

Nebraska Mushroom

Nebraska Mushroom

It’s all about fungi in this month’s Rural Foodies find. Betty Sayers explored the fascination that led Ash Gordon to grow and promote Nebraska mushrooms. She dives deep…

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

August and sweet corn go hand in hand here in Nebraska. With the tall green plants swaying in the breeze, there was no way the Rural Foodies could forego a…

Tu Casa

Tu Casa

When the Center for Rural Affairs contacted the Rural Foodies about two brothers in rural Nebraska with a prosperous food truck business, the Foodies were hooked. They had to go…

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…

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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Rural Boutiques

Rural Boutiques

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Emery Blagdon Art

Emery Blagdon Art

It was almost a decade ago when Kelly Rush was introduced to the complicated and…

Beaver Bar & Grill

Beaver Bar & Grill

At an age when most people find themselves thinking of retirement, Doris Wentling found herself…

Cambridge, Nebraska

Cambridge, Nebraska

Cambridge is the kind of town where canopies of maple, ash and oak trees shade…

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