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.

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Culture

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Culture

The center of America’s heartland, the Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook areas are filled with spots to find and beautiful places to get lost…

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Golf

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Golf

Summer is golf season in America’s Heartland. Come swing through southwest Nebraska and find new challenges in the unique landscape of the Republican River Valley…

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Lakes

36 Hours in Arapahoe, Cambridge and McCook: Lakes

Need a weekend to get away? The sprawling lakes of southern Nebraska feature family-friendly campsites, year-round fishing, public hunting areas and miles of scenic prairie…

A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

When Nebraska Rural Living received a few beautiful hunting dog pictures, we knew we needed to tell the story behind those pictures…

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

This month we welcome a new essayist to Nebraska Rural Living. Brad Eifert is a lifelong resident of Nebraska and has worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 22 years. His passion for all things outdoors led him and a friend to embark on a 36-mile kayak trip down the Missouri River in July…

Emery Blagdon Art

Emery Blagdon Art

It was almost a decade ago when Kelly Rush was introduced to the complicated and intriguing art of Emery Blagdon. Through his art, Blagdon wanted to produce an environment that would make people feel better, and Rush was fascinated…

Clear skies over Nebraska

Clear skies over Nebraska

We asked readers and fans to submit their night sky photos for our photo essay this month. The array of colors visible in the night sky is stunning…

Find a job and join us in Nebraska

Find a job and join us in Nebraska

We hear every day about people who long to move back to Nebraska. But what holds many back is finding a job once they move back, or even before they move back. And we want to help…

Me again. Nebraska through an outsider’s lens

Me again. Nebraska through an outsider’s lens

Writer Alexandrea Donohue has had to overcome her own prejudices towards writing. But now she realizes that she has something to say and wants to share her outsider’s perspective on Nebraska…

Stratton, Nebraska

Stratton, Nebraska

Sit down for a cup of coffee or lunch in Stratton, and almost invariably, one or two of the locals will begin a story about a business concept that sounded impossible – until some can-do person in Stratton brought it to delicious fruition. Speak to nearly anyone at the bank, and you’ll hear about an unlikely business success, a community project that turned out extraordinarily well, or a successful start-up…

Alma, Nebraska

Alma, Nebraska

When you enter the city offices of Alma, you are greeted by a community slogan that reads: “Alma is for YOU!” This is a statement quite fitting for a lakeside town that is anything but a seasonal destination…

Red Cloud, Nebraska

Red Cloud, Nebraska

Red Cloud’s place is unique in American and Nebraska history. Celebrated author, Willa Cather’s best-known work, My Antonia, was inspired by the town, the land and the hardy pioneers in Webster County. Cather lived in rural Webster County and the town of Red Cloud until she left in 1890 to attend the University of Nebraska…

Curtis, Nebraska

Curtis, Nebraska

Nestled in the beautiful Medicine Creek Valley, Curtis is roughly equidistant between McCook, Lexington and North Platte. Separated by only seven miles, Curtis proudly proclaims excellent school systems and today, as it has been for millennia, the primary business in Frontier County is farming and ranching. Archaeological evidence suggests the population of the valley is roughly the same now as when it was occupied by Native Americans 1300 years ago…

Benkelman, Nebraska

Benkelman, Nebraska

About as far south and west as you can go and still be in Nebraska, Benkelman is a town with a view, built on spectacular terrain featuring lookouts and ledges. Only three hours from Denver International Airport, you’ll find the hectic, high-priced urban lifestyle evolves into wholesome, affordable, rural living in Benkelman and Dundy County…

Bertrand, Nebraska

Bertrand, Nebraska

“To make a small community thrive, you work together.” Bertrand is thriving in great part because this solidarity message is spoken in many different ways and by people of all ages and occupations…