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Rural Success Stories

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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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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 Milsap

Alissa Milsap

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…

Wild Focus Photography – Roy Swoboda

Wild Focus Photography – Roy Swoboda

Roy Swoboda was born and raised in Nebraska. His parents and grandparents knew every bird…

Mary Tanner

Mary Tanner

All of Mary Tanner’s great grandparents were early settlers in Lincoln County. She grew…

Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash

Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash

Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash paints from his studio in Nebraska City, Neb. He is a…

Rural Foodies

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…

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…

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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The story of EarthJunk is the story of John and Cindee Maddix, antique experts with…

Nebraska Food Cooperative

Nebraska Food Cooperative

For nearly 10 years now, the Nebraska Food Cooperative has been connecting small farm producers…

Phelps County Community Foundation

Phelps County Community Foundation

There’s one organization in Phelps County that’s had a hand in nearly every…

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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