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Rural Success Stories

Earth Junk

Earth Junk

The story of EarthJunk is the story of John and Cindee Maddix, antique experts with a deep appreciation of American furniture, and a love for Nebraska small towns…

Oxford Locker

Oxford Locker

Writer Roni Lewis visited Oxford Locker in Oxford, Nebraska, recently where she found owner Carl Kramer has remade the meat locker into a destination that puts the community on the map…

Red Road Herb Retreat and Learning Center, LLC

Red Road Herb Retreat and Learning Center, LLC

Betty Sayers met Rachel Liester, a country herbalist and entrepreneur at her family’s enterprise, Red Road Herbs, near Stanton, Nebraska, for a crash course on herbs and their medicinal and healing properties…

Orleans Hotel

Orleans Hotel

When you walk into the Orleans Hotel, don’t expect your standard hotel visit. Instead, the proprietors will hand you a skeleton key and escort you to a room that is sure to provide a unique hotel experience…

SHP – Summer Honors Program

SHP – Summer Honors Program

Every summer a group of talented youth from across southern Nebraska meets in Holdrege for the annual Summer Honors Program…

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…

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…