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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…

Writing rural decades ago

Writing rural decades ago

While Nebraska Rural Living celebrates rural living today, there are writers who have been building good will about rural living for decades, even centuries before us. Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of those writers and Jennifer Chick talks about her fascination with Laura in this month’s essay…

Emery Blagdon Art

Emery Blagdon Art

It was almost a decade ago when Kelly Rush was introduced to the complicated and intriguing art of Emery Blagdon. Through his art, Blagdon wanted to produce an environment that would make people feel better, and Rush was fascinated…

Windmills, Nebraska’s world link

Windmills, Nebraska’s world link

Angela Davis’ essay in Nebraska Rural Living has been a long time in the making. Davis, a world traveler and friend of NRL founder Betty Sayers, has often talked of exploring the links between other parts of the world and Nebraska…

Clear skies over Nebraska

Clear skies over Nebraska

We asked readers and fans to submit their night sky photos for our photo essay this month. The array of colors visible in the night sky is stunning…

Find a job and join us in Nebraska

Find a job and join us in Nebraska

We hear every day about people who long to move back to Nebraska. But what holds many back is finding a job once they move back, or even before they move back. And we want to help…