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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.
Small-town business owners must often get creative to serve their communities well and to keep the doors open. That’s what the owners of The Countryside Market in Bertrand have done for the past 10 years. Owners Jerry and Brenda Johnson sell groceries, provide home-cooked meals, sell home décor and cards and have even offered craft nights. Read about the Countryside Market and discover what famous food gives them a claim to fame in Ashley’s Bebensee’s January Rural Foodie feature.
A challenge from friends inspired writer Kristi Dvorak to begin running three years ago. She laced up her running shoes and eventually found joy in the serenity of running rural roads that ‘lead to nowhere.’ Her essay about finding her grit running on roads surrounded by cornfields, freshly cut alfalfa, and steep canyons may just inspire you to take up running or reach your own fitness goals in 2018.
Benkelman is about as far south and west as you can go and still be in Nebraska. It is a town with a view, built on spectacular terrain featuring lookouts and ledges. Only three hours from Denver International Airport, you’ll find the hectic, high-priced urban lifestyle evolves into wholesome, affordable, rural living in Benkelman and Dundy County.
At Chez Bubba in Goehner, you’re as likely to run into a businessman in a suit as you are a farmer who has just stopped in after checking his crops. Chez Bubba serves one and all at the family-centered barbecue joint that is an easy drive from Lincoln. Read about the delicious food at Chez Bubba and find out why owners Matt and Julie Howe gave up the city life in Washington, D.C., to open a restaurant in rural Nebraska.
Center for Rural Affairs
The Center For Rural Affairs is helping towns across Nebraska see the benefits of embracing diversity, which will help rural communities grow and thrive in the future. Read about the center’s Diversity Inclusion Leadership Program in this feature.
Tri-City Storm Hockey Team
Believe it or not, there are other sports played in Nebraska besides football. The Tri-City Storm Hockey Team has quietly been making a name for itself for the last 17 years in Kearney. Join writer Mike Vaughn Williams as he experiences Storm Hockey in this featured essay.
Artist Kristi Spiegel of Holdrege has been painting nearly her entire life. She has worked for 25 years at Olsson Associates, but on the weekends, she paints. You will be amazed at the paintings she has created, from cozy winter scenes that conjure feelings of home to abstract art that is fun and vibrant.
Calling all Artists
We are seeking talented rural Nebraska artists to be part of Nebraska Rural Living’s online art gallery. The next deadline for submissions to be considered is February 1. Artists must live in rural Nebraska (towns under 10,000) to be considered. We are seeking artists in the following categories: photography, drawings, painting and sculptures. Please submit five examples of your work and learn more about the online art gallery here.