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.

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…

20/20 Technologies

20/20 Technologies

Brett Warren is helping schools across rural Nebraska link into the latest technology through his thriving business, 20/20 Technologies. As a teen, Brett was often called out of class to assist the information technology specialist with computer problems, so it’s no surprise he turned to that career after high school…

Rural Boutiques

Rural Boutiques

Trendy clothing boutiques are popping up across rural Nebraska, bringing fresh, vibrant color palettes and one-of-a-kind items to satisfy even the toughest fashionistas. Writer Kristine Jacobson visits four of these unique shopping experiences and shares fashion finds with us…

Harlan County Lake

Harlan County Lake

You’ll be tapping your toe and singing along by the time you finish Kristine Jacobson’s essay about her favorite place to get away during the summer. At the very least, you’ll be itching to dust off your fishing pole and head to the lake…

Nebraska Through The Lens

Nebraska Through The Lens

Amateur photographer Steve Evans of Holdrege started a public Facebook group in June 2013 so he and a few friends could share their scenic Nebraska photos. Two years later, the Nebraska Through the Lens Facebook page boasts more than 99,600 members, on its way to 100,000…

The Enchanted Bakery

The Enchanted Bakery

A cake draped in a layer of dark chocolate and topped with chocolate-covered cherries sits next to a cheesecake adorned with a flower made of fresh peach slices and kiwi in the cake display at The Enchanted Bakery in Grand Island…

Keystone Business Center

Keystone Business Center

Abandoned buildings don’t need to be a sign of decline and deterioration in rural Nebraska. Instead, they can serve as a springboard for the imagination…

Beaver Buckets

Beaver Buckets

Just in time for the holidays and big Oscar-worthy films, we bring you a refresher story about a craftsman in Nebraska who has made a name for himself making and supplying historically accurate wooden items such as buckets and washboards…