Yearly Archives: 2017

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 have done for the past 10 years. Owners Jerry and Brenda Johnson sell groceries, provide home-cooked meals, sell home décor and cards and have even offered craft nights. Read about the Countryside Market and discover what famous food gives them a claim to fame…

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., which provides students with new learning opportunities and gives schools an avenue to share their stories…

Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel was born and raised in Holdrege and graduated from Holdrege High School in 1979. Kristi discovered her passion for art in high school, thanks to the direction of her art instructor, Mr. Steven Wilke…

Janice Howell

Janice Howell

Janice Howell has always loved art and wanted to become an artist from the first time she drew a picture in kindergarten…

Mysti Killough

Mysti Killough

Mysti Killough is an award-winning photographer. She owns a full-time portrait studio, Mystic Images Photography, in Holdrege. Mysti is also a member of Professional Photographers of Nebraska and Professional Photographers of America…

Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen is a native of central Nebraska and has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer for over 35 years. While he has traveled to many locations around the world to capture captivating images of nature and wildlife, he is best known for his timeless images of the Sandhill Crane migration near his hometown…

Suzie Wahlgren

Suzie Wahlgren

Suzie Wahlgren is a lifestyle photographer from Gothenburg. She enjoys shooting a variety of subjects, but her children inspire her the most…

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 small towns and the benefits of raising kids in rural Nebraska. We asked some of our recent sources and our Nebraska Rural Living writers to share their thoughts about why they think rural Nebraska is a great place to raise kids…

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, the lighting tradition continues at Tub’s Pub, which after 42 years under the same ownership, changed hands earlier this year…

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 Hayes Center. From farming to economic development work, owning a newspaper and developing software and churches, Softley is working to make an impact in one rural Nebraska town…

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…

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 her thoughts about the shrine and sculpture, and what it means to her legacy to have been involved with this project…

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