Food critic Sarah Baker Hansen is from Omaha. Columnist Matthew Hansen grew up in Red Cloud. As a married couple they travel Nebraska to share with each other little-known people, unexpected stops and memorable foods. Come along and discover more of what the state has to offer.
Prepared with support from the Nebraska Community Foundation.
The Bassett Lodge and Range Cafe is the sort of place that nowadays exists only on picture postcards, a relic of a past when cattle buyers descended on small Nebraska towns like this one for booming livestock sales.
The dance floor is getting crowded with rosy-cheeked ranch hands and two-steppin’ grannies and city slickers who earlier today were tubing the Niobrara. For the 117th year in a row — the 87th year inside this very barn — Keya Paha County is hosting a barn dance. It does, indeed, feel like a cure for whatever ails you.
“We are creating a place that is a little oasis,” says Tom Gallagher, a longtime Cather board member, Kearney native and now a New Yorker who is renovating a historic home in Red Cloud. “We are still true to our household god, Willa Cather, but this is a way we can create a really wonderful place ... a setting that may inspire new Willa Cathers.”
Part of what makes Keith County such a fun place to visit is its wild and romantic Old West history, while "people who look toward the future" help foster the community's wide ranging appeal.
It’s just not locals who are wild about the Emporium. It’s caught the eye of tourists from across the U.S. and from as far as France and Australia who have come to western Nebraska to follow the Oregon Trail or see Chimney Rock.
With 21st-century technology making for a wider range of career opportunities, many young adults are bringing their jobs with them to small-town Nebraska cities.
The Miller family's business on Main Street is a cafe, a coffee shop, an art gallery, a gift shop, an events space and also a music venue. And it's part of an empire that also includes rental homes, a sawmill and an organic farm.
Leona Ihde's love for watching things grow played a part in arranging her legacy as an endowment, and it's greatly benefited those in the Friend and Beaver Crossing areas.
In northwest Nebraska is a place where visitors can find the opposite of city life — a remote, family-operated oasis that offers a chance to get away from it all.
Kimball Public Library's 3-D printing project certainly meets the goal of helping provide tools and knowledge needed to navigate a world of new information and creativity. "It’s important for rural communities to offer these kinds of opportunities to students and local entrepreneurs," said Jamie Carpenter, who's been pivotal in the project.
The community of about 600 people in northeast Nebraska is energetic, collaborative, cohesive and certainly generous.
Like many who grew up in a rural area, chef Ryan Puls wanted to do just about anything other than settle in his hometown. That he wound up back where he started doesn’t make him unique. It’s what he’s doing and where he’s doing it that does.
There wasn’t much for a young man to see from a second-story window in a Nebraska hotel room in the late 19th century. But in an unlikely coincidence, in different years, it framed a view of the future for two who went on to create works that are prized today.
You can find this unique gem located in David City, Nebraska, a community of about 2,900 people, located 66 miles west of Omaha, just off Highway 92.
“This idea all came about when a group of people got together one night and started penciling things out on a napkin.”
Lots of diners order a steak and a drink before requesting a special side of ghost story. So here’s the brief but spooky tale of Faceless Fred and how he came to be, as Ryan tells it.
In this central Nebraska town left for dead decades ago, the Scratchtown trio and a whole bunch of other residents are crafting a small-town success story.
Five years ago, Harry Chaudhary bought an abandoned truck stop off Interstate 80, a few miles from Overton, Nebraska. Then he got an idea: Open a Punjabi-style Indian restaurant here, in the middle of nowhere. “Many local people thought it couldn’t work,” he says. Then something crazy happened: It did.
Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs is key to growing our economy. Thanks to support from the Valley County Community Foundation Fu…
If he seemed too good to be true, that’s because he was. But, somehow, his whole truth seemed even more fictional than his fiction.
The Nebraska Community Foundation works to help people answer the question: "Why here? Why do I want to live, work and raise my family in this community?"
A tale hundreds of years in the making, involving broken promises, German immigrants, family recipes and eventually a woman named Sarah “Sally” Everett from Sutton, Nebraska.
As waves of immigrants arrived in America and traveled to the Great Plains to build a new life, one of the few possessions many settlers were …
Drive down North 27th Street and you’ll spot at least a half-dozen spots serving Vietnamese food. You’ll see twice that number of Asian markets. And that’s just on one stretch of road.
This street was long ago wounded by the demise of its biggest industry — the biggest stockyard in the world — and its main reason to exist. It was long ago abandoned by department stores and taverns, and long ago fled by the grandchildren of immigrants who moved to Hanscom Park or Millard or Papillion. Omaha left South 24th for dead decades ago. And yet, in 2017, it is oh-so alive.