Rural Success Stories

Hay Bale Banners, LLC

Hay Bale Banners, LLC

Hay Bale Banners, LLC

Rod Keiser couldn’t wait to get out of Wauneta after high school. But, the tech guru eventually found his way back to rural Nebraska and is thriving as a…

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…

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 You Are Not Alone

You are on Your Own, But You 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

Rehmsworld Attracts Acoustic Music Fans to Small Nebraska Town

Rehmsworld Attracts Acoustic Music Fans to Small Nebraska Town

Rehmsworld Attracts Acoustic Music Fans to Small Nebraska Town

Fans of live acoustic music are finding their way from across the country to tiny Loomis, Nebraska, where Tim and Bev Rehm have created a concert series featuring award-winning…

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…

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

Bakers Candies

Bakers Candies

For 30 years, the Baker family has been helping Valentines share their love with the company’s world-famous meltaway chocolates produced in a small town in eastern Nebraska. Writer…

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…

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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Suzie Wahlgren

Suzie Wahlgren

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

Eustis Pool Hall

Eustis Pool Hall

The legendary Eustis Pool Hall on Railway Street in Eustis, Nebraska, is approaching 100 years…

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Kristi Dvorak caught quite a fish tale when she visited with the Cooper family in…

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

When Eric Overmiller of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was looking to make the perfect second impression on…

Arapahoe, Nebraska

Arapahoe, Nebraska

What’s to like about Arapahoe? We asked Arapahoe businesswoman Becky Crawford, and it didn…

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