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.

Cambridge, Nebraska

Cambridge, Nebraska

Cambridge is the kind of town where canopies of maple, ash and oak trees shade sturdy wood-sided homes and walkers, bicyclists and runners enjoy wide sidewalks, a park with a creek, and miles of well-kept trails. It’s a town known for a friendly, front-porch culture and a healthy lifestyle, opportunities to prosper in business, quality schools, and a strong sense of community…

Axtell, Nebraska

Axtell, Nebraska

Surveys tell us that one concern of people considering the change to a rural lifestyle is the quality of rural schools. They shouldn’t worry. A recent Department of Education study found that nationwide, rural children did better than their urban counterparts in science and math. The town of Axtell in rural south central Nebraska is a perfect example of what’s going on in rural education…

McCook, Nebraska

McCook, Nebraska

Although McCook, like many rural Nebraska communities, can boast of friendly people, excellent schools and low crime, it enjoys some amenities that many smaller communities don’t have, including McCook Community College, an airport with commercial service, a modern hospital and rivers, reservoirs and open space for hunting fishing, camping, boating and wildlife viewing…

Oxford, Nebraska

Oxford, Nebraska

Cruise into the Village of Oxford in south central Nebraska and you are greeted by a main street broad enough to park cars in the middle as well as at the curbs. The first Oxford citizens designed a spacious community with room to expand. Clean, wide streets and sidewalks with big, shady trees welcome customers and visitors…

Minden, Nebraska

Minden, Nebraska

If you could sit down at a drawing board to design the perfect small town, what would you include? Maybe you’d start with a superb education system, then add in gracious and affordable homes. You’d want to make sure you had a prosperous manufacturing sector so there would be good jobs and a sound economy, then perhaps you’d want to add…

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…

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…

County Fair Memories – Photo Essay

County Fair Memories – Photo Essay

We asked our readers to give us a glimpse of county fairs from their perspective. What we’ve found is that for many of you, fair means 4-H, youngsters working hard, family, and the rides…

Plum Good

Plum Good

It is that time of year again announcing the end of summer and the start of school. Naturally my mind wanders back to those days of childhood when a new pencil box could bring excitement…

VK Electronics Home and Mobile

VK Electronics Home and Mobile

For the owners of VK Electronics Home and Mobile in McCook, it’s been a wild journey since they opened their doors as a video rental store in 1983…

Chokecherry Pickin’

Chokecherry Pickin’

July and August are reader Linda Potter’s favorite months. She grew up on a farm in south central Nebraska and returned there often as an adult to pick chokecherries with her daddy…

Country Drawers

Country Drawers

A cloth diaper movement has existed for a number of years, and when a young mother on a farm near Holbrook was troubled with diaper rash on her young son, she wanted to try cloth diapers — but there were none to be had in rural Nebraska…

Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems

Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems

Colby Gardine of Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems in Hastings takes a look at one kind of irrigation technology that’s gaining interest among Nebraska’s producers of big-field crops…

Calamus Outfitters

Calamus Outfitters

The story of Sara Sortum and her brother Adam Switzer is not unlike that of many Nebraskans who grow up in the freedom and sunshine of a ranch or farm and then find something missing in their adult lives…

Nebraska Star Beef

Nebraska Star Beef

Rare, medium or well-done? How do you prefer your steak? Beyond the temperature of the meat on the grill, what other information is important to you…

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