Nebraska Rural Living

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Nebraska Rural Living’s mission is to market the very real benefits of a rural lifestyle. We highlight the amenities of rural communities and spotlight successful entrepreneurs, who make good livings, free of the stress of urban environments.

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 her thoughts about the shrine and sculpture, and what it means to her legacy to have been involved with this project…

Christopher Tripe

Christopher Tripe

Growing up in Alma, Neb. (pop. 1,153), Christopher Tripe was actively involved in his community. Like many high school kids in a small town, he played sports — football, basketball, golf and baseball. After graduation, he headed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in business management and finance…

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 captured by NRL summer intern Stacey Kaslon…

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson’s love for photography began in high school when his Grandpa bought him his first SLR camera, and he was hooked. After several years of teaching Photoshop and photo editing, he decided to get back into actually taking photographs and purchased his first DSLR camera…

Jay Gustafson

Jay Gustafson

Jay Gustafson was born and raised in the sand hills of Nebraska and life long resident of Brown County. Jay graduated from Rock County High School and was drafted into the Army and spent a tour in Vietnam. During that time, he purchased his first SLR camera and began shooting pictures…

Kyle Hoyt

Kyle Hoyt

Kyle Hoyt is an artist from the Sandhills of Nebraska. He lives just outside of Mullen with his wife (Denise) and his three daughters (Gracie, Isabell, and Sadie). He is currently the K-12 Art Teacher at Mullen Public Schools…

Jean Jensen

Jean Jensen

Jean Jensen grew up in Lewellen and Oshkosh, Nebraska. Inspired by a mother who encouraged art and with a wider sense of the world, Jean attended the University of Nebraska and then moved to Chicago where her love of art and the Impressionists grew during many visits to the Chicago Art Institute…

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…

Cody and Ashley Gerlach

Cody and Ashley Gerlach

Cody and Ashley Gerlach both grew up in rural Nebraska, and like many small-town kids, they were determined to leave for the city following graduation. In 2009 Jolene Miller, owner of “The Cambridge Clarion,” asked if they would be interested in moving back to Ashley’s hometown of Cambridge (pop. 1,047) to take over the newspaper in Cambridge…

Staci Trumble

Staci Trumble

For several years, Staci Trumble commuted from Lincoln to Omaha for a job at The Gallup Organization. She now lives in Holdrege, NE and doesn’t miss the two-hour commute…

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt

Kris Seeba – Wellsandt feels blessed that Nebraska has always been her home. Through the years, she enjoyed experimenting with watercolors, pastels, inks and oils but found she preferred acrylic and gouache since she could give her paintings more detail…

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson

Norm Nicholson is a retired life-long nature and wildlife lover. He enjoys landscape photography (self taught as a hobby) and the outdoors…

Jean Welborn

Jean Welborn

500 Days is an outdoor art installation comprised of twelve acrylic paintings by Jean Welborn. The site was constructed as a tribute to Welborn’s late grandfather and his small town farmer roots and work ethic…

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? Find out about the partnerships between ag producers and wildlife biologists to preserve and protect area wetlands in this educational essay written by Doreen Pfost…

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival is more than children’s fairytales and a dance in the park

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival is more than children’s fairytales and a dance in the park

For 21 years, people in McCook have been sharing songs, stories and history through the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival. The festival began as a challenge against academics who insisted that the Great Plains would lose most of its people within a quarter-century…

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