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.

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…

Community giving thrives through give2Grow

Community giving thrives through give2Grow

Rural nonprofit organizations serve the poor and provide recreation and education opportunities. But, many of those organizations are led by volunteers and operate on shoestring marketing and fundraising budgets. When these groups needed a way to jumpstart giving, a local community foundation stepped in…

Nebraska Food Cooperative

Nebraska Food Cooperative

For nearly 10 years now, the Nebraska Food Cooperative has been connecting small farm producers to customers through their online ordering site. The cooperative has helped many producers grow their businesses substantially and Caryl Guisinger, general manager for NFC, said the cooperative feels like a family…

Phelps County Community Foundation

Phelps County Community Foundation

There’s one organization in Phelps County that’s had a hand in nearly every major project in the county for the past 40 years, from major projects like the YMCA and the Nebraska Prairie Museum to simple improvements like a soccer fence or a playground update…

Willa Cather Foundation

Willa Cather Foundation

Famous Nebraska author Willa Cather turned to her hometown, Red Cloud, for inspiration as she created the settings and characters in many of her books…

GROW Nebraska

GROW Nebraska

As CEO of GROW Nebraska, Janell works every day with the people who make Nebraska great – entrepreneurs who prove that you can live in a rural area and still have plenty of opportunities…

Energy Pioneer Solutions

Energy Pioneer Solutions

A company that performs an energy assessment on your home or business isn’t a new idea. But Energy Pioneer Solutions, based in Hastings, has expanded that concept…

Bee Biz, Inc.

Bee Biz, Inc.

When you think of agriculture in Nebraska, you may think of cattle and corn. However, an Oxford man has found his niche raising a smaller animal and a product you can’t see in rows or grazing in fields while driving through the state…

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