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Rural Success Stories

Scratchtown Brewing

Scratchtown Brewing

Three buddies from Ord have turned a weekend hobby into a thriving brewing company…

Kaufman Trailers

Kaufman Trailers

Trailers are an essential part of the agricultural and rural economy, but in Beaver City, trailers built by Kaufman Trailers carry more than livestock and ag supplies, they carry hope…

Game On

Game On

We head into the fantastical world of gaming for this month’s Rural Success Story. There writer Scott Rager finds two young men who found their love of the game Magic: The Gathering could make the perfect business opportunity…

McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

McCook is a town that gets it right when creating a city center that draws walkers, bicyclists, foodies and shoppers. But that didn’t just happen by accident. It took hard work and cooperation from a group of citizens focused on a common vision…

Sunheat International – GROW Nebraska

Sunheat International – GROW Nebraska

This month, we are sharing some tips for finding GROW Nebraska products and also featuring one of GROW Nebraska’s entrepreneurs in our Rural Success Story…

ion SmartScooter

ion SmartScooter

Inventor Robert McCormick is proving that urban movement problems can be solved with ideas from small town Nebraska, and he is using today’s newest business models to generate interest, demand and funding…

Industrial Skins

Industrial Skins

Restaurant owner Shawn Engberg dreaded the arduous task of cleaning grease and grime from the ceiling tiles of his Kearney restaurant. One day he splashed chemicals in his eye during the process, which got him thinking about how he could eliminate the dirty job…

Sehnert’s Bakery

Sehnert’s Bakery

It began like a culinary ballet with a commercial kitchen as its stage. Under the buzz and glow of florescent lighting, a cast of artisan bakers moved in a rhythm that seemed to be professionally choreographed…

VK Electronics Home and Mobile

VK Electronics Home and Mobile

For the owners of VK Electronics Home and Mobile in McCook, it’s been a wild journey since they opened their doors as a video rental store in 1983…

Those Blasted Signs

Those Blasted Signs

Tucked in among the canyons of Gosper County is a family farmstead where a thriving sign business lives. Cristal and Jeremy Hansen live north of Smithfield and operate Those Blasted Signs & Designs from their rural setting…

Willa Cather Foundation

Willa Cather Foundation

Famous Nebraska author Willa Cather turned to her hometown, Red Cloud, for inspiration as she created the settings and characters in many of her books…

Stones Thoreau

Stones Thoreau

This month writer Betty Sayers turned onto Davenport’s wide main street and found herself in front of Stones Thoreau and South Maple Street, a food-based enterprise started by entrepreneur and visionary Dr. Harold Stone…