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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…

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

When big-city careers made life unbalanced and hectic, Tina Stokes and her young family decided to move back to rural Nebraska. Now, Tina has redefined her career success to fit her small-town values and is making it possible for others to do the same with a coworking space she created called PERCH…

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Bob and Linda Burchell Ard exemplify the pioneer spirit as owners of a rural Minden restaurant and bed and breakfast, Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn. In this essay, writer Meredith Fuller shares the story of the Burchell family pioneers and how the past and the future have much in common…

Merritt Reservoir – Photo Essay

Merritt Reservoir – Photo Essay

Merritt Reservoir south of Valentine offers some of the best camping, fishing and boating in rural Nebraska. As we bid farewell to summer, enjoy these beautiful photos of Merritt Reservoir captured by NRL summer intern Stacey Kaslon…

Bob Willis Becomes New Director at Nebraska Rural Living

Former small-town newspaper owner Bob Willis has become the new director of Nebraska Rural Living, an online magazine that promotes the advantages of living and working in rural Nebraska…

The Most Unlikely Place

The Most Unlikely Place

Food nourishes our body, art nourishes our soul; a venue that provides both might be considered a “most unlikely place.” In the small Western Nebraska town of Lewellen, just such a place exists; and it goes by that exact name: “The Most Unlikely Place.” And, indeed it is…

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…

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…

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…

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

Local restaurateur offered a hand in this recent love story

When Eric Overmiller of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was looking to make the perfect second impression on a date with Tara, who is now his wife, he was looking for the perfect place to take her. After several options didn’t pan out, he learned of Simmy’s in Alma, Nebraska…

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…

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…

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