After an 18-month-old Ponca girl died in the cold rain on the Trail of Tears, her father made one request of the people from the nearby Nebraska town: Tend to her gravesite. For 140 years, they have.
Looking for something to do this week? Watch the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials, meet the authors of “The Better Half” or support the Nebraska Humane Society.
From Omaha to Scottsbluff, married couple Sarah Baker Hansen and Matthew Hansen traveled the state again and again over the past year to tell the stories of its places and its people. And along the way, the two natives learned a lot — not only about Nebraska, but also about themselves.
Of the 4,843 undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Maileigh Camp is one of only six students who is Native American. A similar disparity exists on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where Native American students comprise only two-tenths of one…
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.
My favorite restaurant smells like sourdough starter, candle smoke and some unidentifiable, slightly stale scent that wafts in from the Old Market alley.
Nebraska City is the fortunate home of half a dozen generous family foundations, among them the Nelson, Kimmel, Wirth, Kropp, Kriefels and Steinhart Foundations. Their generosity has helped countless projects take shape in Nebraska City over the years – a new hospital, an addition to the lib…
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.
There were 23 kids in my kindergarten class, the same as my graduating class. I got to do everything: sports, music and 4-H. But as I grew older, I heard a troubling message from adults: "Your future is someplace else."
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.
Matthew and Sarah will share their adventures and discoveries in “The Better Half: Nebraska’s Hidden Treasures.” The book will be available in November.
Ginger and Jim Nissen's charitable contributions are well known, as is their ability to get involved and have a positive impact in the community.
Hutchinson’s land has been certified organic since 1980 and his animals since 1990. The rolling hills surrounded by even more rangeland have never seen a sprayer or a drop of pesticide, and all the plants are native. His animals are antibiotic-free, free-range and organic.
No matter when you travel to the Calamus area, you’re sure to find a group of big-hearted people who show their love for their community in lots of big ways.
In a state filled with summer festivals, Hastings might have the most nostalgic, the most escapist, the most innocent. It’s called Kool-Aid Days and, as the name suggests, it is centered on that sticky, sugary drink that tastes like childhood.
In this Nebraska town, things just seem to get taken care of. That's because volunteerism is a way of life in Diller, a place where people have pitched in to help with a community celebration around the Fourth of July for 121 consecutive years.
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.
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.
One of the most surprising insights from a survey of more than 6,000 middle and high school students, conducted by Nebraska Community Foundation, is that kids think living in a small town is just fine. In fact, only 12 percent said they thought their hometown was too small.
In 2017, perfect stargazing is as rare as a surfer’s killer wave or a sommelier’s perfect bottle of wine. But the Nebraska Star Party is the astronomer’s version of the Oahu waves or the vineyards of Bordeaux.
A few miles south of Battle Creek, Nebraska, you’ll find a place where miracles happen all the time. It’s called S.M.I.L.E., and it lives up to its name.
With very little overhead, Handlebend hand-makes a niche product from rural Nebraska and ships it globally to wherever people love the Moscow mule cocktail.
The key to competing in the new economy is to link together four critical resources that nearly every community has: leadership, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and philanthropy.
Tourists come to see the “oldest tavern in the state.” But for the town’s residents, it’s Glur’s local ownership through the years that stands out, making it a place they’ve always been able to rely on for a cheap burger and a cold beer.
Columbus has a history of being a center of industry. The "City of power and progress" is one of the most highly industrialized cities per capita in the state, and it is careful planning and investment that keeps the city living up to its reputation.
Marilyn Gokie and her daughter Janell Rossman have been taking “bah humbug” and turning it to Yuletide joy for nearly a quarter-century in this north-central Nebraska town of 1,245. At first they ran a small Christmas gift shop, and then they ran a bigger one, and then they ran the biggest Christmas store in the entire state.
Five very active working mothers are moving full speed ahead for the future of Atkinson (pop. 1,245) in north-central Nebraska.
“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.”
For Red Cloud, Nebraska, the potential had always been there. But it required time, trust and charitable investment to put a plan and the people in place to capitalize on it.
Google “Tin Roof Sundae” and you’ll find that many companies make packaged ice cream in the flavor. But this small diner in a village of 300 is where it all began.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Michael Glissman understands his audience, but he wants them to have an experience that’s just slightly off-kilter from what they expect.
These two Catholic churches of Howells are a quirk of fate, an oddity of American immigration, a faded symbol of long-forgotten ethnic strife and also a newer symbol of this town’s persistence and cooperation.
A 1997 gift to the community has been turned into a special place for young people to gather, grow and be engaged.
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.
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.
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.”
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 Fund, young people in Ord, Nebraska, and the surrounding area have plenty of opportunities to explore their strengths, creativity, and their interest in…
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.
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.
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 able to bring with them was their native language.