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Franklin Locker

Franklin Locker

As hunting season hits full swing in Nebraska, Harold and Rachel Colby of Franklin are ready to serve hunters at the Franklin Locker. The couple relocated to rural Nebraska from Maine five years ago. They love rural Nebraska and have found a niche in the small Nebraska town of Franklin providing butchering and food services…

Grayson Tool

Grayson Tool

Continuing successful rural businesses when the owner is ready to retire can be a challenge. Grayson Tool Co. in Minden found the right match in three of its employees, who jointly purchased the successful manufacturing and machine plant and are carrying on and growing the tradition started by the Lux family…

The Home Agency

The Home Agency

While farmers prepare to harvest their fields this month, Jim Baldonado with The Home Agency in Elwood continues to learn how he can help farmers manage risk and increase profits through crop insurance…

Glion Scooter

Glion Scooter

A Holdrege lawyer teamed up with two Chinese business partners to successfully create and sell an electric scooter that is used by commuters around the globe to save money on gas while reducing the number of vehicles on the roads. Now, the team is preparing to introduce a new product to help people with limited mobility. Read this month’s entrepreneur success story to find out how a rural Nebraska lawyer helped form an international scooter company…

Beverage Butler

Beverage Butler

It’s summertime and prime time for picnics with family and friends in rural Nebraska. But, what’s the one problem that always occurs with the drink dispenser at your get-together? That messy dripping spigot! Two Holdrege sisters have made it their mission to solve that problem with their invention, the Beverage Butler, the ultimate drip catcher…

The Cambridge Clarion

The Cambridge Clarion

As the editor of a small rural Nebraska newspaper, there’s seldom a murder or plane crash to cover. Sometimes there’s still political drama, but most of the time the job consists of being a “community cheerleader.” It’s a job that 32-year-old Cody Gerlach, owner of three small-town weekly newspapers, loves…

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

Purple ribbons, championships mean big business for Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs

For many rural Nebraska kids, spring means it’s time to purchase animals to raise and nurture in hopes that one will bring home a purple ribbon or championship trophy at this summer’s county fair. Pigs purchased from Greg Wolfe & Sons Show Pigs of rural Indianola make that goal much more likely…

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing flies into precision agriculture with drone technology

Hawkins Manufacturing who is looking into the future of farming by adding drone technology to its offerings. Hawkins is showing that even after 35 years, companies need to keep innovating and pushing to keep up with today’s latest ideas to help farmers save money and help the environment…

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Big Eye Spinnerbaits

Kristi Dvorak caught quite a fish tale when she visited with the Cooper family in Sutherland. She learned about their business, Big Eye Spinnerbaits, which has expanded to involve the entire family…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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