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2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 Solar Eclipse

2017 might seem like a long ways off, but if you plan to stake out the perfect viewing spot for the next total solar eclipse, it never hurts to plan early. As Kim Woods tells us in this month’s essay, the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will slide right through Nebraska on its 68-mile wide, 2,500-mile long journey from coast to coast…

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

Accolades for rural Nebraska advocacy

The Center for Rural Affairs is pleased to announce that Betty Sayers, co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living from Holdrege, Nebraska, received the 2015 Seventh Generation Award…

Witness the annual spring migration

Witness the annual spring migration

The annual spring migration is a sight every Nebraskan should witness at least once. March is the height of spring migration season and Betty Sayers has rounded up the best places and events to visit during this spectacular season…

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Wheelin’ to Oconto

Kristi Spiegel and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 33 years and riding motorcycles together for more than 35 years. They’ve traveled a lot of miles on their bikes, but last summer, Kristi was surprised to find a fascinating treasure along the road to Oconto…

Long-distance love

Long-distance love

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they are spread across the country and the globe. But no matter how far away family is, a simple phone call can bridge the gap…

Silent Night

Silent Night

Let the beauty of a rural winter Nebraska night sink in through Don Brockmeier’s photos. Why do we love rural living? Because of scenes and experiences like these…

Community giving thrives through give2Grow

Community giving thrives through give2Grow

Rural nonprofit organizations serve the poor and provide recreation and education opportunities. But, many of those organizations are led by volunteers and operate on shoestring marketing and fundraising budgets. When these groups needed a way to jumpstart giving, a local community foundation stepped in…

A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

A day in the life of a Nebraska hunting dog

When Nebraska Rural Living received a few beautiful hunting dog pictures, we knew we needed to tell the story behind those pictures…

Phelps County Community Foundation

Phelps County Community Foundation

There’s one organization in Phelps County that’s had a hand in nearly every major project in the county for the past 40 years, from major projects like the YMCA and the Nebraska Prairie Museum to simple improvements like a soccer fence or a playground update…

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

Exploring Nebraska from a kayak seat

This month we welcome a new essayist to Nebraska Rural Living. Brad Eifert is a lifelong resident of Nebraska and has worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 22 years. His passion for all things outdoors led him and a friend to embark on a 36-mile kayak trip down the Missouri River in July…

Finding Nebraska Rural Living in New York City

Finding Nebraska Rural Living in New York City

When writer Angela Davis visited New York City recently, she found herself surrounded by water towers. Those towers took her straight back to Nebraska where water towers proudly mark the landscape of rural towns across the state…

WWII museums and wildflowers make for a memorable May journey

WWII museums and wildflowers make for a memorable May journey

Writer Angela Davis is back with another adventure from across the globe. In May, Davis drove across Belgium from the Netherlands to the coast. She found a World War II museum and red poppies, a stark contrast between brutality and beauty, that made her start thinking about how that translates to what can be found in Nebraska…