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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…

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you check into the Orleans Hotel, you won’t receive a plastic card key to open the door to your room. Instead, you’ll receive an old-fashioned key…

Blue Sky Cabins

Blue Sky Cabins

What some saw as empty, expensive blue sky has become a prosperous and passionate business endeavor for Steve and Debby Dornhoff, who operate Blue Sky Cabins on the southeast edge of Harlan County Lake near Republican City, Nebraska…

The Nebraska Skydiving School

The Nebraska Skydiving School

It was with a mixture of fear and awe that writer Michelle McCormick set out to capture this month’s rural success story. She traveled just down the road to the Holdrege, Nebraska, airport, to find out what has made the Nebraska Skydiving School so successful…

20/20 Technologies

20/20 Technologies

Brett Warren is helping schools across rural Nebraska link into the latest technology through his thriving business, 20/20 Technologies. As a teen, Brett was often called out of class to assist the information technology specialist with computer problems, so it’s no surprise he turned to that career after high school…

Rural Boutiques

Rural Boutiques

Trendy clothing boutiques are popping up across rural Nebraska, bringing fresh, vibrant color palettes and one-of-a-kind items to satisfy even the toughest fashionistas. Writer Kristine Jacobson visits four of these unique shopping experiences and shares fashion finds with us…

36 Hours Project

36 Hours Project

Nebraska Rural Living is about celebrating and encouraging rural living. Once people visit rural Nebraska, they are amazed at all there is to offer and want to come back. That’s why Nebraska Rural Living is launching a new project called 36 Hours…

Task Lighting

Task Lighting

Tight spaces and dark places call out for lighting. When surroundings and settings sync with light, people work with more focus, play with more zest and relax in more comfort. Task Lighting design specialists advise people to “Get out from under the glare of fluorescent bulbs and into the scope of lighting designed for your space and your needs…

Nebraska Through The Lens

Nebraska Through The Lens

Amateur photographer Steve Evans of Holdrege started a public Facebook group in June 2013 so he and a few friends could share their scenic Nebraska photos. Two years later, the Nebraska Through the Lens Facebook page boasts more than 99,600 members, on its way to 100,000…

Keystone Business Center

Keystone Business Center

Abandoned buildings don’t need to be a sign of decline and deterioration in rural Nebraska. Instead, they can serve as a springboard for the imagination…