Rural Success Stories

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…

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

It’s summertime and prime time for picnics with family and friends in rural Nebraska. But, what’s the one problem that always occurs with the drink dispenser at your…

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

As the editor of a small rural Nebraska newspaper, there’s seldom a murder or plane crash to cover. Sometimes there’s still political drama, but most of the time…

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

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 and nurture in hopes that one will bring home a purple ribbon or championship trophy…

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing who is looking into the future of farming by adding drone technology to its offerings. Hawkins is showing that even after 35 years, companies need to keep innovating…

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

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…

Bob Willis Becomes New Director at Nebraska Rural Living

Former small-town newspaper owner Bob Willis has become the new director of Nebraska Rural Living, an online magazine that promotes the advantages of living and working in rural Nebraska…

The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

Food nourishes our body, art nourishes our soul; a venue that provides both might be considered a “most unlikely place.” In the small Western Nebraska town of Lewellen, just such…

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Arnold is the epitome of Nebraska’s state slogan “Visit Nebraska. Visit Nice.” In fact, some people from across the United States and Canada say it’s the friendliest place…

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Farmers, Conservationists Partner To Ensure Healthy Bird Migration in Nebraska Wetlands

Bird watchers flocked to south-central Nebraska this spring, but many waterfowl and cranes did not. Why was there a decline in bird numbers, and will they return next year…

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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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…

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson is a retired life-long nature and wildlife lover. He enjoys landscape photography…

Jean Welborn

Jean Welborn

500 Days is an outdoor art installation comprised of twelve acrylic paintings by Jean Welborn…

Garald Horst

Garald Horst

Garald Horst is from a farm in Northeast Nebraska. His first photography venture was black…

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan grew up on her family’s farm and cattle operation where she developed…

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett- Meitl has lived in McCook, NE for the past 33 years. She grew…

Rural Foodies

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…

The Dairy Barn

The Dairy Barn

Mmmm Summer! It’s like a taking a trip back in time at Alma’s old-fashioned Dairy Barn, where hungry lake visitors, travelers and locals feast on gourmet hamburgers…

Cunningham’s Feed

Cunningham’s Feed

Sixteen years ago, Kevin and Mitzi Urbom’s daughter suggested the possibility of opening a restaurant in their hometown of Arapahoe so she could practice her new culinary skills. While…

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, or “Captain Morgan” as he likes to joke. A firefighter for the Grand Island Fire…

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

When the Rural Foodies heard about David Vetter and Grain Place Foods from organic growers near Bertrand, Nebraska, they had to find out the scoop. So they headed to Marquette…

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.

Also Featured

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson’s love for photography began in high school when his Grandpa bought him…

20/20 Technologies

20/20 Technologies

Brett Warren is helping schools across rural Nebraska link into the latest technology through his…

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Taste of Texas Barbeque

Good stories always start with something surprising, and no one was more surprised than James…

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

This month we welcome a new essayist to Nebraska Rural Living. Brad Eifert is a…

Curtis, Nebraska

Curtis, Nebraska

Nestled in the beautiful Medicine Creek Valley, Curtis is roughly equidistant between McCook, Lexington and…

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