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Adventures of a Rural Runner

Adventures of a Rural Runner

A challenge from friends inspired writer Kristi Dvorak to begin running three years ago. She laced up her running shoes and eventually found joy in the serenity of running rural roads that ‘lead to nowhere.’ Her essay about finding her grit running on roads surrounded by cornfields, freshly cut alfalfa, and steep canyons may just inspire you to take up running or reach your own fitness goals in 2018…

Countryside Market

Countryside Market

Small-town business owners must often get creative to serve their communities well and to keep the doors open. That’s what the owners of The Countryside Market in Bertrand have done for the past 10 years. Owners Jerry and Brenda Johnson sell groceries, provide home-cooked meals, sell home décor and cards and have even offered craft nights. Read about the Countryside Market and discover what famous food gives them a claim to fame…

Striv Inc.

Striv Inc.

Students in schools across Nebraska are creating their own media companies and learning valuable job skills thanks to rural Nebraska entrepreneur Taylor Siebert. Siebert is the brains behind Striv Inc., which provides students with new learning opportunities and gives schools an avenue to share their stories…

15 Reasons Why Rural Nebraska Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

15 Reasons Why Rural Nebraska Is A Great Place To Raise Kids

A few common themes continue to emerge about why people chose to live and work in rural Nebraska: The simplicity of rural life, the sense of community and belonging in small towns and the benefits of raising kids in rural Nebraska. We asked some of our recent sources and our Nebraska Rural Living writers to share their thoughts about why they think rural Nebraska is a great place to raise kids…

Tub’s Pub

Tub’s Pub

December is the best time to eat a delicious meal at Tub’s Pub in Sumner because diners can bask in the warm glow of thousands of Christmas lights. Yes, the lighting tradition continues at Tub’s Pub, which after 42 years under the same ownership, changed hands earlier this year…

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

When one moves to a rural Nebraska town, it can be difficult to find a job. So, Craig Softley created many jobs for himself when he moved his family to Hayes Center. From farming to economic development work, owning a newspaper and developing software and churches, Softley is working to make an impact in one rural Nebraska town…

Why do we live in small towns?

Why do we live in small towns?

We all make decisions to stay in small towns, here is a story about my decisions…

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

The three people no entrepreneur should ever listen to…

To be Part of Something Big

To be Part of Something Big

Eighteen years ago, rural Nebraska artist Sondra Jonson of Cambridge created the “Rachel Weeping for Her Children” bronze sculpture at the Fatima Shrine in Arapahoe. In this essay, Sondra shares her thoughts about the shrine and sculpture, and what it means to her legacy to have been involved with this project…

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Local Economic Development Corporations are a vital resource for rural entrepreneurs, you ignore them at your own, and your business’ peril…

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

In the past five years, rural breweries have been popping up across Nebraska. These businesses bring tourists by the busloads to rural Nebraska towns to eat delicious food, drink great-tasting fresh beer and experience the beauty of rural Nebraska. These breweries also provide jobs and have been a springboard for rural economic development…

Franklin Locker

Franklin Locker

As hunting season hits full swing in Nebraska, Harold and Rachel Colby of Franklin are ready to serve hunters at the Franklin Locker. The couple relocated to rural Nebraska from Maine five years ago. They love rural Nebraska and have found a niche in the small Nebraska town of Franklin providing butchering and food services…

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

Bob Willis introduces ‘A Rural Entrepreneur’ – a blog about rural entrepreneurship focusing on the special challenges, and advantages, that rural entrepreneurs face. In this new blog series, Bob will strive to help provide you the ideas and resources you need to be successful as a business owner in small town America…

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