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Nebraska Barnwood

Nebraska Barnwood

Dilapidated barns are a familiar scene in rural Nebraska, but one business is working to give new life to these historical treasures. Join writer Kristi Dvorak as she visits with a former Husker football player and an experienced contractor as they share the story of Nebraska Barnwood…

Eustis Body Shop

Eustis Body Shop

Eustis Body Shop started small. It was just Doug Keller, a dilapidated building in Eustis that his grandfather helped him purchase, and some big dreams. Nearly 40 years later, those big dreams have sprouted into a booming business with five locations across Nebraska and a sixth location opening soon in Lincoln…

Hay Bale Banners, LLC

Hay Bale Banners, LLC

Rod Keiser couldn’t wait to get out of Wauneta after high school. But, the tech guru eventually found his way back to rural Nebraska and is thriving as a rural business owner in a place he loves. And now he has discovered a new innovative marketing tool for rural businesses to market themselves using an abundant Nebraska resource…

Striv Inc.

Striv Inc.

Students in schools across Nebraska are creating their own media companies and learning valuable job skills thanks to rural Nebraska entrepreneur Taylor Siebert. Siebert is the brains behind Striv Inc., which provides students with new learning opportunities and gives schools an avenue to share their stories…

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

Craig Softley – Hayes Center

When one moves to a rural Nebraska town, it can be difficult to find a job. So, Craig Softley created many jobs for himself when he moved his family to Hayes Center. From farming to economic development work, owning a newspaper and developing software and churches, Softley is working to make an impact in one rural Nebraska town…

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…

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