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Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Wide Open Spaces & Friendly Faces Attract High-Speed Cars & Drivers to Arnold’s Sandhills Open Road Challenge

Arnold is the epitome of Nebraska’s state slogan “Visit Nebraska. Visit Nice.” In fact, some people from across the United States and Canada say it’s the friendliest place they’ve ever visited. For one week each summer, Arnold residents open their homes to strangers who visit their small town to compete in the Sandhills Open Road Challenge…

The Dairy Barn

The Dairy Barn

Mmmm Summer! It’s like a taking a trip back in time at Alma’s old-fashioned Dairy Barn, where hungry lake visitors, travelers and locals feast on gourmet hamburgers, smoked pork sandwiches and yummy summer treats like crunch cones, banana splits and root-beer floats…

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

It’s summertime and prime time for picnics with family and friends in rural Nebraska. But, what’s the one problem that always occurs with the drink dispenser at your get-together? That messy dripping spigot! Two Holdrege sisters have made it their mission to solve that problem with their invention, the Beverage Butler, the ultimate drip catcher…

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

As the editor of a small rural Nebraska newspaper, there’s seldom a murder or plane crash to cover. Sometimes there’s still political drama, but most of the time the job consists of being a “community cheerleader.” It’s a job that 32-year-old Cody Gerlach, owner of three small-town weekly newspapers, loves…

Cunningham’s Feed

Cunningham’s Feed

Sixteen years ago, Kevin and Mitzi Urbom’s daughter suggested the possibility of opening a restaurant in their hometown of Arapahoe so she could practice her new culinary skills. While the original plan changed somewhat, that request resulted in the renovation of a former feed store in Cunningham’s Feed, which now serves some of the best salmon, filet mignon and homemade bread pudding in rural Nebraska…

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…

Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce named “Best in the World”

If you love tailgating at Husker football games, you may have met Captain Todd Morgan, or “Captain Morgan” as he likes to joke. A firefighter for the Grand Island Fire Department for almost 29 years, Todd has been tailgating and sharing his locally famous Sparky’s Wing & Dippin’ Sauce with fans for years…

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

For many rural Nebraska kids, spring means it’s time to purchase animals to raise and nurture in hopes that one will bring home a purple ribbon or championship trophy at this summer’s county fair. Pigs purchased from Greg Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs of rural Indianola make that goal much more likely…

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

Organic grains are the stars at Grain Place Foods

When the Rural Foodies heard about David Vetter and Grain Place Foods from organic growers near Bertrand, Nebraska, they had to find out the scoop. So they headed to Marquette, Nebraska, where they were greeted by the homespun smell of fresh grains the minute they walked in the door…

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing who is looking into the future of farming by adding drone technology to its offerings. Hawkins is showing that even after 35 years, companies need to keep innovating and pushing to keep up with today’s latest ideas to help farmers save money and help the environment…

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…

Eustis Pool Hall

Eustis Pool Hall

The legendary Eustis Pool Hall on Railway Street in Eustis, Nebraska, is approaching 100 years of delivering food, beverages and good times for families in the Eustis, Cozad, Lexington, and Johnson Lake region…

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