Rural Success Stories

Striv Inc.

Striv Inc.

Striv Inc.

Students in schools across Nebraska are creating their own media companies and learning valuable job skills thanks to rural Nebraska entrepreneur Taylor Siebert. Siebert is the brains behind Striv Inc…

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

When one moves to a rural Nebraska town, it can be difficult to find a job. So, Craig Softley created many jobs for himself when he moved his family to…

Franklin Locker

Franklin Locker

Franklin Locker

As hunting season hits full swing in Nebraska, Harold and Rachel Colby of Franklin are ready to serve hunters at the Franklin Locker. The couple relocated to rural Nebraska from…

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…

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!

A Rural Entrepreneur

Why do we live in small towns?

Why do we live in small towns?

We all make decisions to stay in small towns, here is a story about my decisions…

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

The three people no entrepreneur should ever listen to…

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Local Economic Development Corporations are a vital resource for rural entrepreneurs, you ignore them at your own, and your business…

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

Bob Willis introduces ‘A Rural Entrepreneur’ – a blog about rural entrepreneurship focusing on the special challenges, and advantages, that rural…

Articles & Essays

Adventures of a Rural Runner

Adventures of a Rural Runner

Adventures of a Rural Runner

A challenge from friends inspired writer Kristi Dvorak to begin running three years ago. She laced up her running shoes and eventually found joy in the serenity of running rural…

15 Reasons Why Rural Nebraska Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

15 Reasons Why Rural Nebraska Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

15 Reasons Why Rural Nebraska Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

A few common themes continue to emerge about why people chose to live and work in rural Nebraska: The simplicity of rural life, the sense of community and belonging in…

To be Part of Something Big

To be Part of Something Big

To be Part of Something Big

Eighteen years ago, rural Nebraska artist Sondra Jonson of Cambridge created the “Rachel Weeping for Her Children” bronze sculpture at the Fatima Shrine in Arapahoe. In this essay, Sondra shares…

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…

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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Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel was born and raised in Holdrege and graduated from Holdrege High School in…

Janice Howell

Janice Howell

Janice Howell has always loved art and wanted to become an artist from the first…

Mysti Killough

Mysti Killough

Mysti Killough is an award-winning photographer. She owns a full-time portrait studio, Mystic…

Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen is a native of central Nebraska and has been an avid nature and…

Suzie Wahlgren

Suzie Wahlgren

Suzie Wahlgren is a lifestyle photographer from Gothenburg. She enjoys shooting a variety of subjects…

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…

Rural Foodies

Countryside Market

Countryside Market

Small-town business owners must often get creative to serve their communities well and to keep the doors open. That’s what the owners of The Countryside Market in Bertrand…

Tub’s Pub

Tub’s Pub

December is the best time to eat a delicious meal at Tub’s Pub in Sumner because diners can bask in the warm glow of thousands of Christmas lights. Yes…

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

In the past five years, rural breweries have been popping up across Nebraska. These businesses bring tourists by the busloads to rural Nebraska towns to eat delicious food, drink great…

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…

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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Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel was born and raised in Holdrege and graduated from Holdrege High School in…

Chez Bubba Café

Chez Bubba Café

At Chez Bubba in Goehner, you’re as likely to run into a businessman in…

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Yes, there are other sports played in Nebraska besides football. For instance, the Tri-City…

Center For Rural Affairs

Center For Rural Affairs

As Kristine Jacobson writes, the faces of rural Nebraska are changing. For some, this is…

Benkelman, Nebraska

Benkelman, Nebraska

About as far south and west as you can go and still be in Nebraska…

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