Photos, video: Burwell rises to the occasion for Nebraska's Big Rodeo

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Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:00 am

When the rodeo hits Omaha or Lincoln, it brings a little country to the city. Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell brings spectators and competitors to the source. Burwell is the front door of the Nebraska Sand Hills, a geographical region marked by more than 19,000 square miles of grass-covered dunes. It's a land of unbroken prairie, shallow lakes, deep skies, hills, windmills, horses and cattle. People here don't wear cowboy hats as fashion accessories. They make a living raising cattle, and for generations they have tied their lives to the land.

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