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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…

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…

Growing community, helping charities, working together

Growing community, helping charities, working together

This fall in Phelps County, a new entrance is being constructed at a nursing home, a new concession stand and multi-purpose practice facility will be built at the high school and hungry children are being fed through a weekend backpack food program…

NRL launches new online art gallery

NRL launches new online art gallery

The Fine Art in Towns under 10,000 online art gallery is up and ready for you to explore. Take a look at 10 rural Nebraska artists. Learn what inspires them and then come back often as we continue to grow the online art gallery with submissions from other rural Nebraska artists…

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

Artists grow well in rural Nebraska

We are excited to announce a new section has just been added to Nebraska Rural Living. We’ve really enjoyed featuring entrepreneurs and restaurants, but over and over again, we keep running into rural Nebraska artists. So now we’ve decided to dedicate a section just to them…