Ibby Allan grew up on her family’s farm and cattle operation where she developed an early curiosity of the natural wonders around her.
Betty Sayers was so intrigued by the story of how Chez Bubba owners Matt and Julie Howe found their way back to rural Nebraska that she encouraged them to share more about it. So for this month’s essay, hear about their journey back in Matt’s own words.
For almost 15 years, students in Arnold High School have been doing more than learning about business. They have been running one through an award-winning program that provides hands-on learning while filling a need in the community for graphic design, laser printing, signage and engraving.
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 an easy commute from Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s just the way owners Matt and Julie Howe envisioned it.
Yes, there are other sports played in Nebraska besides football. For instance, the Tri-City Storm hockey team has quietly (or not so quietly which you’ll see if you ever attend a game) been making a name for itself for the last 16 years in Kearney, Nebraska. Mike Vaughn Williams admits he’s not a hockey fan, but he wanted to find out what was behind the popularity of the sport in Kearney, so he did some digging.
As Kristine Jacobson writes, the faces of rural Nebraska are changing. For some, this is exciting, while others are apprehensive of the changes in their small communities. The Center for Rural Affairs understands the challenge this changing dynamic brings and is working to help towns across Nebraska embrace the diversity.
Many travelers traverse Interstate 80 through Nebraska, but there is one stop that is rare among the gas pumps and usual convenience store snacks found along the thoroughfare. Betty Sayers leads us to Jay Bros. Truck Stop in Overton, Nebraska, where diners can get a tank of gas and tasty, transformative Indian food all in one stop.
The Speakeasy Steak House in Sacramento, Nebraska, has been busy for decades making sure that people won’t forget Sacramento. Fine food and full flavor keep pulling foodies to the out-of-the-way restaurant.
It’s a month for remembering, and in Arnold, Nebraska, a group of volunteer cherubs are making sure that those in the cemetery there are remembered during the holidays as well. The cemetery wreath program, started in 2013, is a way for friends and family from near and far to place handmade wreaths on loved one’s graves during the holidays.
You hear of young people living in downtowns of bustling metropolises, enjoying the night life with cafés and music venues just steps from their apartments. But what about living in the downtown of a small town, a place where it is a constant struggle to keep tenants in the large brick buildings of yesteryear?
Marlene Barnett- Meitl has lived in McCook, NE for the past 33 years. She grew up in Hays, Kan., and received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She has been active in her local art guild and teaches at the elementary school.
Bill has attended numerous shows and has worked from coast to coast. He trained briefly at the San Francisco Academy of Art. His photographs are featured on television, magazine covers, websites, and are in several private collections.