Rural Success Stories

Grayson Tool

Grayson Tool

Grayson Tool

Continuing successful rural businesses when the owner is ready to retire can be a challenge. Grayson Tool Co. in Minden found the right match in three of its employees, who…

The Home Agency

The Home Agency

The Home Agency

While farmers prepare to harvest their fields this month, Jim Baldonado with The Home Agency in Elwood continues to learn how he can help farmers manage risk and increase profits…

Glion Scooter

Glion Scooter

Glion Scooter

A Holdrege lawyer teamed up with two Chinese business partners to successfully create and sell an electric scooter that is used by commuters around the globe to save money on…

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…

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

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

When big-city careers made life unbalanced and hectic, Tina Stokes and her young family decided to move back to rural Nebraska. Now, Tina has redefined her career success to…

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Bob and Linda Burchell Ard exemplify the pioneer spirit as owners of a rural Minden restaurant and bed and breakfast, Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn. In this essay, writer…

Merritt Reservoir – Photo Essay

Merritt Reservoir – Photo Essay

Merritt Reservoir – Photo Essay

Merritt Reservoir south of Valentine offers some of the best camping, fishing and boating in rural Nebraska. As we bid farewell to summer, enjoy these beautiful photos of Merritt Reservoir…

Bob Willis Becomes New Director at Nebraska Rural Living

Former small-town newspaper owner Bob Willis has become the new director of Nebraska Rural Living, an online magazine that promotes the advantages of living and working in rural Nebraska…

The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

Food nourishes our body, art nourishes our soul; a venue that provides both might be considered a “most unlikely place.” In the small Western Nebraska town of Lewellen, just such…

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…

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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Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson’s love for photography began in high school when his Grandpa bought him…

Jay Gustafson

Jay Gustafson

Jay Gustafson was born and raised in the sand hills of Nebraska and life long…

Kyle Hoyt

Kyle Hoyt

Kyle Hoyt is an artist from the Sandhills of Nebraska. He lives just outside of…

Jean Jensen

Jean Jensen

Jean Jensen grew up in Lewellen and Oshkosh, Nebraska. Inspired by a mother who encouraged…

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…

Rural Foodies

Town Talk

Town Talk

Rural Foodies rediscovered an appointed restaurant in Cambridge with a menu prepared by a chef that sources quality ingredients and cooks them to perfection. The food is served by a…

Prairie Grounds Cafe

Prairie Grounds Cafe

It can be a struggle to eat healthy, especially at restaurants. Prairie Grounds Café & Gifts in Broken Bow is making it easier by offering nutritious menu items grown right inside…

Andrew’s Garden

Andrew’s Garden

There’s no place better to pick up some fresh garden produce than Andrew’s Garden. Andrew started growing fruits and vegetables as part of a class project in high…

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…

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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American Agricultural Laboratory

American Agricultural Laboratory

A look inside American Agricultural Laboratory Inc., owned by Kevin and Christine Grooms, is a…

Patricia Scarborough

Patricia Scarborough

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

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…

Stratton, Nebraska

Stratton, Nebraska

Sit down for a cup of coffee or lunch in Stratton, and almost invariably, one…

4th Avenue Coffee

4th Avenue Coffee

Since 4th Avenue Coffee opened in Holdrege last September, Rural Foodie writer Scott Rager has…

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