Cody and Ashley Gerlach both grew up in rural Nebraska, and like many small-town kids, they were determined to leave for the city following graduation. In 2009 Jolene Miller, owner of “The Cambridge Clarion,” asked if they would be interested in moving back to Ashley’s hometown of Cambridge (pop. 1,047) to take over the newspaper in Cambridge.
For several years, Staci Trumble commuted from Lincoln to Omaha for a job at The Gallup Organization. She now lives in Holdrege, NE and doesn’t miss the two-hour commute.
Food nourishes our body, art nourishes our soul; a venue that provides both might be considered a “most unlikely place.” In the small Western Nebraska town of Lewellen, just such a place exists; and it goes by that exact name: “The Most Unlikely Place.” And, indeed it is!
There’s no place better to pick up some fresh garden produce than Andrew’s Garden. Andrew started growing fruits and vegetables as part of a class project in high school 20 years ago. Now, the 34-year-old rural Funk entrepreneur is well-known in Central Nebraska for his large variety of quality and flavorful locally-grown produce.
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
Arnold is the epitome of Nebraska’s state slogan “Visit Nebraska. Visit Nice.” In fact, some people from across the United States and Canada say it’s the friendliest place they’ve ever visited. For one week each summer, Arnold residents open their homes to strangers who visit their small town to compete in the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.
Mmmm Summer! It’s like a taking a trip back in time at Alma’s old-fashioned Dairy Barn, where hungry lake visitors, travelers and locals feast on gourmet hamburgers, smoked pork sandwiches and yummy summer treats like crunch cones, banana splits and root-beer floats.
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.
Kris Seeba – Wellsandt feels blessed that Nebraska has always been her home. Through the years, she enjoyed experimenting with watercolors, pastels, inks and oils but found she preferred acrylic and gouache since she could give her paintings more detail.
Norm Nicholson is a retired life-long nature and wildlife lover. He enjoys landscape photography (self taught as a hobby) and the outdoors
500 Days is an outdoor art installation comprised of twelve acrylic paintings by Jean Welborn. The site was constructed as a tribute to Welborn’s late grandfather and his small town farmer roots and work ethic.
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.