Rural Success Stories

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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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Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Betty Sayers was so intrigued by the story of how Chez Bubba owners Matt and…

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you check into the Orleans Hotel, you won’t receive a plastic card key…

Wild Focus Photography – Roy Swoboda

Wild Focus Photography – Roy Swoboda

Roy Swoboda was born and raised in Nebraska. His parents and grandparents knew every bird…

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

The Rural Foodies thoroughly enjoyed the scenery through the South Loup River Valley, but they…

Eustis, Nebraska

Eustis, Nebraska

Founded in the late 1880s by immigrants mostly from Stuttgart, Germany, it’s no wonder…

On The Blog

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…

Potter Block Hotel Project in Red Cloud

A version of this blog originally appeared in the Editorial page of the Red Cloud…

Rural Exercising II

Ahhh—Spring is in the air in Nebraska. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming…

Grasping the Nettle

To my eyes, weary from winter, this soup is the greenest thing ever seen. A…

Rural Exercising

It is 5:30 AM and thirty sweating bodies are in a hot gym competing…

A Nebraska Moment

A Nebraska Moment A week ago today I was returning to my place after an…

Trucker’s Chapel

I’m in the parking lot of a truck stop in York Nebraska looking at…

Greetings from Red Cloud

There are lots of great things happening in Red Cloud and I am excited to…

Prairie Feminists Awaken!

“The Awakening”: Suffragette beckons women in the east who can’t yet vote…

A Stranger In A Strange Land

Limon, Colorado is a friendly place set down in a wide loneliness. From the Spanish…

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