Rural Success Stories

Nebraska Barnwood

Nebraska Barnwood

Nebraska Barnwood

Dilapidated barns are a familiar scene in rural Nebraska, but one business is working to give new life to these historical treasures. Join writer Kristi Dvorak as she visits with…

Eustis Body Shop

Eustis Body Shop

Eustis Body Shop

Eustis Body Shop started small. It was just Doug Keller, a dilapidated building in Eustis that his grandfather helped him purchase, and some big dreams. Nearly 40 years later, those…

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…

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

Fritz’s Meat and Fritz’s Market

Fritz’s Meat and Fritz’s Market

Fritz’s Meat and Fritz’s Market

For five generations, the Fritz family has been providing high-quality beef to residents around the world from their small-town Nebraska locations in Hildreth and Holdrege. Find out more…

From Mailboxes to Scholarships, Rural Nebraskans Strive to Bring Students Back Home

From Mailboxes to Scholarships, Rural Nebraskans Strive to Bring Students Back Home

From Mailboxes to Scholarships, Rural Nebraskans Strive to Bring Students Back Home

Leaders in small Nebraska communities are sending the message to students that a successful and happy life can be obtained in a small hometown. Some are giving away unique gifts…

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…

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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Trudy L. Waterman

Trudy L. Waterman

Trudy L. Waterman has been a resident of Naper for almost 12 years. Bringing along…

Suzanne Stratton

Suzanne Stratton

Suzanne Stratton was born and raised in Holdrege, where she has lived almost all of…

Roberta Barnes

Roberta Barnes

Roberta R. Barnes is a native of Nebraska and has always been a part of…

Pat James

Pat James

Although she lived much of her life in large cities, Pat James decided to retire…

Lance R. Wurst

Lance R. Wurst

Lance has been a teacher and coach in Nebraska Public Schools for more than 30…

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…

Rural Foodies

Dragonfly Desserts

Dragonfly Desserts

Want to taste the best cinnamon rolls in the state? If so, be sure to stop at Dragonfly Desserts Coffee House & Bakery in downtown Alma to enjoy a specialty drink…

Meats & More Country Store

Meats & More Country Store

It’s like stepping back in time at Meats & More Country Store in Paxton. The quaint store is reminiscent of past simpler days, and the meat products sold there are…

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…

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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The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

Food nourishes our body, art nourishes our soul; a venue that provides both might be…

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…

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…

Beth Cole

Beth Cole

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

Cambridge, Nebraska

Cambridge, Nebraska

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

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