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Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Family brought me back, but community is why I stay

Betty Sayers was so intrigued by the story of how Chez Bubba owners Matt and Julie Howe found their way back to rural Nebraska that she encouraged them to share more about it. So for this month’s essay, hear about their journey back in Matt’s own words…

School House Graphic Products

School House Graphic Products

For almost 15 years, students in Arnold High School have been doing more than learning about business. They have been running one through an award-winning program that provides hands-on learning while filling a need in the community for graphic design, laser printing, signage and engraving…

Chez Bubba Café

Chez Bubba Café

At Chez Bubba in Goehner, you’re as likely to run into a businessman in a suit as you are a farmer who has just stopped in after checking his crops. Chez Bubba serves one and all at the family-centered barbecue joint an easy commute from Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s just the way owners Matt and Julie Howe envisioned it…

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Hockey on the wind-swept plains of central Nebraska

Yes, there are other sports played in Nebraska besides football. For instance, the Tri-City Storm hockey team has quietly (or not so quietly which you’ll see if you ever attend a game) been making a name for itself for the last 16 years in Kearney, Nebraska. Mike Vaughn Williams admits he’s not a hockey fan, but he wanted to find out what was behind the popularity of the sport in Kearney, so he did some digging…

Center For Rural Affairs

Center For Rural Affairs

As Kristine Jacobson writes, the faces of rural Nebraska are changing. For some, this is exciting, while others are apprehensive of the changes in their small communities. The Center for Rural Affairs understands the challenge this changing dynamic brings and is working to help towns across Nebraska embrace the diversity…

Jay Bros. Truck Stop

Jay Bros. Truck Stop

Many travelers traverse Interstate 80 through Nebraska, but there is one stop that is rare among the gas pumps and usual convenience store snacks found along the thoroughfare. Betty Sayers leads us to Jay Bros. Truck Stop in Overton, Nebraska, where diners can get a tank of gas and tasty, transformative Indian food all in one stop…

Speakeasy Restaurant

Speakeasy Restaurant

The Speakeasy Steak House in Sacramento, Nebraska, has been busy for decades making sure that people won’t forget Sacramento. Fine food and full flavor keep pulling foodies to the out-of-the-way restaurant…

Arnold Cemetery Wreath Program

Arnold Cemetery Wreath Program

It’s a month for remembering, and in Arnold, Nebraska, a group of volunteer cherubs are making sure that those in the cemetery there are remembered during the holidays as well. The cemetery wreath program, started in 2013, is a way for friends and family from near and far to place handmade wreaths on loved one’s graves during the holidays…

Finding home in the downtown of a small town

Finding home in the downtown of a small town

You hear of young people living in downtowns of bustling metropolises, enjoying the night life with cafés and music venues just steps from their apartments. But what about living in the downtown of a small town, a place where it is a constant struggle to keep tenants in the large brick buildings of yesteryear…

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

All aboard for Red Cloud, Norton, Arapahoe and Elwood

Nick Hoffman fell in love with rural Nebraska and Kansas 23 years ago and since then, he and his father, who lives in Omaha, have made an annual trip to visit those rural areas. On these back roads adventures, they have discovered the stories and characters behind the towns…

American Agricultural Laboratory

American Agricultural Laboratory

A look inside American Agricultural Laboratory Inc., owned by Kevin and Christine Grooms, is a science enthusiast’s dream as chemists and biologists test soil, water, fertilizer and animal feed samples from around the world using the latest in scientific technology…

Plainsman Steakhouse

Plainsman Steakhouse

Rumors of fine food or craft beer will lure the Rural Foodies to the most hidden niches of rural Nebraska. This month, the promise of great food with excellent service sent them on a hunt for the Plainsman Steakhouse in Juniata…