Kristine Jacobson

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Kristine Jacobson is a writer, mom of three, farmer’s wife and unlikely promoter of rural Nebraska. In high school, she was the girl who couldn’t wait to move to the big city and escape her small hometown in rural Nebraska. She pursued her dream and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a degree in journalism. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and a few years later found herself back in her small rural hometown. She now embraces the simplicity of life without crowds and traffic. She’s found great friends and lots of opportunities to make an impact in her small town. When she’s not writing or working for clients in her business (KRJPR), she can be seen on a bleacher somewhere watching her children participate in sports, or she can be found reading a book, biking, walking, camping or enjoying nature, scrapbooking or planning a trip somewhere. Her daughter calls her a “pictionarian,” or one who likes to take pictures, and “trippish,” meaning she likes to travel.

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-tasting fresh beer and experience the beauty of rural Nebraska. These breweries also provide jobs and have been a springboard for rural economic development…

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 through crop insurance…

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 school 20 years ago. Now, the 34-year-old rural Funk entrepreneur is well-known in Central Nebraska for his large variety of quality and flavorful locally-grown produce…

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, smoked pork sandwiches and yummy summer treats like crunch cones, banana splits and root-beer floats…

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 the job consists of being a “community cheerleader.” It’s a job that 32-year-old Cody Gerlach, owner of three small-town weekly newspapers, loves…

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 at this summer’s county fair. Pigs purchased from Greg Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs of rural Indianola make that goal much more likely…

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 and pushing to keep up with today’s latest ideas to help farmers save money and help the environment…

Center For Rural Affairs

Center For Rural Affairs

As Kristine Jacobson writes, the faces of rural Nebraska are changing. For some, this is exciting, while others are apprehensive of the changes in their small communities. The Center for Rural Affairs understands the challenge this changing dynamic brings and is working to help towns across Nebraska embrace the diversity…

American Agricultural Laboratory

American Agricultural Laboratory

A look inside American Agricultural Laboratory Inc., owned by Kevin and Christine Grooms, is a science enthusiast’s dream as chemists and biologists test soil, water, fertilizer and animal feed samples from around the world using the latest in scientific technology…

Growing community, helping charities, working together

Growing community, helping charities, working together

This fall in Phelps County, a new entrance is being constructed at a nursing home, a new concession stand and multi-purpose practice facility will be built at the high school and hungry children are being fed through a weekend backpack food program…

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you check into the Orleans Hotel, you won’t receive a plastic card key to open the door to your room. Instead, you’ll receive an old-fashioned key…

NRL launches new online art gallery

NRL launches new online art gallery

The Fine Art in Towns under 10,000 online art gallery is up and ready for you to explore. Take a look at 10 rural Nebraska artists. Learn what inspires them and then come back often as we continue to grow the online art gallery with submissions from other rural Nebraska artists…

Blue Sky Cabins

Blue Sky Cabins

What some saw as empty, expensive blue sky has become a prosperous and passionate business endeavor for Steve and Debby Dornhoff, who operate Blue Sky Cabins on the southeast edge of Harlan County Lake near Republican City, Nebraska…

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

We are excited to announce a new section has just been added to Nebraska Rural Living. We’ve really enjoyed featuring entrepreneurs and restaurants, but over and over again, we keep running into rural Nebraska artists. So now we’ve decided to dedicate a section just to them…

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Pumping up Nebraska’s groundwater with the help of technology

Water conservation is a hot topic across the United States. In Nebraska, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District has launched a pilot to focus on the best way to balance water for agricultural use with recreation and wildlife habitat…

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