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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…

Farmers’ Market Produce

Farmers’ Market Produce

In this month’s Rural Foodie adventure, Betty Sayers steps outside to visit Jean and Garreld Fecht, whose veggies grace the aisles of many of central Nebraska farmers’ markets. After visiting with the Fechts at Holdrege’s farmers’ market, Betty visits their garden acres in and around Axtell to get to the root of the story…

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…

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Next to a still lake the color of moss, with mighty cottonwood trees swaying in rhythm, our Rural Foodies fired up the grill to celebrate a Rural Foodie find, Sehnert’s Bakery pizza crusts. “I set out to highlight the flavors of summer and the quality of a locally made product,” writes Scott Rager…

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…

4th Avenue Coffee

4th Avenue Coffee

Since 4th Avenue Coffee opened in Holdrege last September, Rural Foodie writer Scott Rager has found himself returning again and again to this coffee shop. It’s a place where mud-crusted farm trucks rub shoulders with shiny SUVs…

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…

The Power Side of the Central Equation

The Power Side of the Central Equation

We are continuing our year-long look at the importance of water in Nebraska by turning to the hydropower side of the story. Betty Sayers talks with key players at Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation to find out what keeps the turbines turning at Central’s four hydro plants…

Those Blasted Signs

Those Blasted Signs

Tucked in among the canyons of Gosper County is a family farmstead where a thriving sign business lives. Cristal and Jeremy Hansen live north of Smithfield and operate Those Blasted Signs & Designs from their rural setting…

Willa Cather Foundation

Willa Cather Foundation

Famous Nebraska author Willa Cather turned to her hometown, Red Cloud, for inspiration as she created the settings and characters in many of her books…

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