Lance R. Wurst

Lance has been a teacher and coach in Nebraska Public Schools for more than 30 years. He was inspired by his college instructors to keep making art even though he was busy teaching.

Meats & More Country Store

It’s like stepping back in time at Meats & More Country Store in Paxton. The quaint store is reminiscent of past simpler days, and the meat products sold there are made fresh from local producers and are free of preservatives. Enjoy a visit to Paxton’s unique custom meat store with writer Kristi Dvorak

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.

From Mailboxes to Scholarships, Rural Nebraskans Strive to Bring Students Back Home

Leaders in small Nebraska communities are sending the message to students that a successful and happy life can be obtained in a small hometown. Some are giving away unique gifts. Others have created scholarship incentives. And, many are connecting with students through classes and encouraging business partnerships to share the story with students that a successful career and life can happen in rural Nebraska instead of in crowded urban areas.

Rehmsworld Attracts Acoustic Music Fans to Small Nebraska Town

Fans of live acoustic music are finding their way from across the country to tiny Loomis, Nebraska, where Tim and Bev Rehm have created a concert series featuring award-winning singers and songwriters. Nebraska Rural Living writer Mike VaughnWilliams tells about the welcoming atmosphere, the great music and the 13 years of building a unique concert experience in rural Nebraska.

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.

Bakers Candies

For 30 years, the Baker family has been helping Valentines share their love with the company’s world-famous meltaway chocolates produced in a small town in eastern Nebraska. Writer Kristi Dvorak unwrapped the mystery behind Bakers Candies’ success in her recent interview with the Bakers. Find out what makes this family-owned Nebraska company so unique and how they make their chocolate so delectable.

Adventures of a Rural Runner

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.

Countryside Market

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.

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.

Kristi Spiegel

Kristi Spiegel was born and raised in Holdrege and graduated from Holdrege High School in 1979. Kristi discovered her passion for art in high school, thanks to the direction of her art instructor, Mr. Steven Wilke.

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