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.

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…

Celosia

Celosia

Celosia. A word derived from the Greek, meaning “burning,” referring to the flame-like form and color of the flowers. Celosia is a member of the amaranth family whose place of origin is disputed…

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…

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

When Eric Overmiller of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was looking to make the perfect second impression on a date with Tara, who is now his wife, he was looking for the perfect place to take her. After several options didn’t pan out, he learned of Simmy’s in Alma, Nebraska…

Garald Horst

Garald Horst

Garald Horst is from a farm in Northeast Nebraska. His first photography venture was black and white with a Brownie 620 borrowed from his mother…

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan

Ibby Allan grew up on her family’s farm and cattle operation where she developed an early curiosity of the natural wonders around her…

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 Julie Howe found their way back to rural Nebraska that she encouraged them to share more about it. So for this month’s essay, hear about their journey back in Matt’s own words…

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Yes, there are other sports played in Nebraska besides football. For instance, the Tri-City Storm hockey team has quietly (or not so quietly which you’ll see if you ever attend a game) been making a name for itself for the last 16 years in Kearney, Nebraska. Mike Vaughn Williams admits he’s not a hockey fan, but he wanted to find out what was behind the popularity of the sport in Kearney, so he did some digging…

Finding home in the downtown of a small town

Finding home in the downtown of a small town

You hear of young people living in downtowns of bustling metropolises, enjoying the night life with cafés and music venues just steps from their apartments. But what about living in the downtown of a small town, a place where it is a constant struggle to keep tenants in the large brick buildings of yesteryear…

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett-Meitl

Marlene Barnett- Meitl has lived in McCook, NE for the past 33 years. She grew up in Hays, Kan., and received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She has been active in her local art guild and teaches at the elementary school…

Bill Coe

Bill Coe

Bill has attended numerous shows and has worked from coast to coast. He trained briefly at the San Francisco Academy of Art. His photographs are featured on television, magazine covers, websites, and are in several private collections…

Shawn Erickson

Shawn Erickson

Shawn Erickson from Eclectic Images is a photographer from South Central Nebraska…