Scott Rager

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Robert Scott Rager is a writer, designer, entrepreneur and blogger living in south central Nebraska. You can read more of his work on his blog, County Seat Living (http://countyseatliving.blogspot.com/).

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you walk into the Orleans Hotel, don’t expect your standard hotel visit. Instead, the proprietors will hand you a skeleton key and escort you to a room that is sure to provide a unique hotel experience…

SHP – Summer Honors Program

SHP – Summer Honors Program

Every summer a group of talented youth from across southern Nebraska meets in Holdrege for the annual Summer Honors Program…

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

When people think of Nebraska they usually think of two things: corn and cows. No amount of re-branding can alter that image. It’s in the DNA of every resident. Although traditional agriculture has always been the backbone of the state, a new breed of farmer is emerging. Growers like Ryan David of Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics in Ord are changing the way we grow our food and feed our communities…

Scratchtown Brewing

Scratchtown Brewing

Three buddies from Ord have turned a weekend hobby into a thriving brewing company…

Beaver Bar & Grill

Beaver Bar & Grill

At an age when most people find themselves thinking of retirement, Doris Wentling found herself settling into the restaurant business. And though it may not have been where she first imagined herself, she has thrown herself into it wholeheartedly, not once, but twice. Most recently at the helm of the Beaver Bar and Grill in Beaver City…

Kaufman Trailers

Kaufman Trailers

Trailers are an essential part of the agricultural and rural economy, but in Beaver City, trailers built by Kaufman Trailers carry more than livestock and ag supplies, they carry hope…

Game On

Game On

We head into the fantastical world of gaming for this month’s Rural Success Story. There writer Scott Rager finds two young men who found their love of the game Magic: The Gathering could make the perfect business opportunity…

Cunningham’s Feed Grill, Bar and Bakery

Cunningham’s Feed Grill, Bar and Bakery

In the heart of the Republican River Valley, you will find Cunningham’s Feed, a restaurant with thoughtfully sourced ingredients, unique menu options and the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date. When Rural Foodies were looking for something more than blue plate specials and bar fare, they headed to Cunningham’s Feed, a place that never disappoints…

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

North of Lake McConaughy lies a ranch where you can stumble into the pages of a Louis L’Amour novel, writes Scott Rager. And the family that runs Haythorn Ranch has the western hospitality and tasty cooking to make you feel right at home…

Sunheat International – GROW Nebraska

Sunheat International – GROW Nebraska

This month, we are sharing some tips for finding GROW Nebraska products and also featuring one of GROW Nebraska’s entrepreneurs in our Rural Success Story…

Traditions Inn

Traditions Inn

Columbus’ historic downtown district is home to a charming restaurant and pub that features architectural details, a lush garden view and locally sourced produce and food sources. Traditions Inn drew the Rural Foodies to Columbus recently and it was a feast for the eyes, soul and stomach…

ion SmartScooter

ion SmartScooter

Inventor Robert McCormick is proving that urban movement problems can be solved with ideas from small town Nebraska, and he is using today’s newest business models to generate interest, demand and funding…

Stones Thoreau

Stones Thoreau

Harold Stone of Davenport has very little down time. This entrepreneur wears many different hats: farmer, retailer, restaurateur and storyteller. When Rural Foodies returned to his brick and mortar South Maple Street, they were delighted to find canning season in full swing…

Industrial Skins

Industrial Skins

Restaurant owner Shawn Engberg dreaded the arduous task of cleaning grease and grime from the ceiling tiles of his Kearney restaurant. One day he splashed chemicals in his eye during the process, which got him thinking about how he could eliminate the dirty job…

Sehnert’s Bakery

Sehnert’s Bakery

It began like a culinary ballet with a commercial kitchen as its stage. Under the buzz and glow of florescent lighting, a cast of artisan bakers moved in a rhythm that seemed to be professionally choreographed…