GOOD LIFE STORIES

We could go on and on about how great working, playing and living here is, but we’ll let you hear it straight from the source: real-life Nebraskans.

Jessica

New Mexican transplant Jessica and her family found their way to Holdrege, where they put down roots and opened a brewery. Though the Kraus family had no connections to Nebraska when they first moved, now they wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else.

Randy

After growing up in the Sandhills, Randy lived in Texas, Wisconsin and even Germany before returning to the Good Life to raise his family and start a business. For him, the quality of life in Nebraska can’t be beat.

Jessica

New Mexican transplant Jessica and her family found their way to Holdrege, where they put down roots and opened a brewery. Though the Kraus family had no connections to Nebraska when they first moved, now they wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else.

Randy

After growing up in the Sandhills, Randy lived in Texas, Wisconsin and even Germany before returning to the Good Life to raise his family and start a business. For him, the quality of life in Nebraska can’t be beat.

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AT HOME IN GREATER NEBRASKA – LORENA BECKIUS

“We wanted to find the best place to raise our kids. At that point, we were just planning and we felt Ogallala was the place to raise our kids and give them the best quality of life. Ogallala has a very safe environment where a kid can run and play free.”

EXPERIENCE NEBRASKA VIDEOS

In June 2016, a team of Hear Nebraska journalists visited 12 communities throughout Greater Nebraska in order to help tell their stories. Along the way, we asked young residents and entrepreneurs why they choose to raise families, start businesses and enjoy recreation in their respective small-town environments.

ARTIST PROFILE: TRAGIC MARTHA

Tragic Martha’s Kim Nuss and Sarah Bailey talk about their experience playing music in rural Nebraska, up-and-coming creative communities and why they hope to inspire others in a special Good Living Tour artist profile.

NEBRASKA STAR PARTY

Stargazers from across the U.S. gather to observe the night sky at Merritt Reservoir near Valentine during the annual Nebraska Star Party. This event draws hobbyists seeking to escape light pollution in the sanctity of the Sandhills where there are some of the darkest skies in the nation.

WHY YORK COUNTY

Cheree Folts, Director of Parks and Recreation for York, has recently been featured in York County Development Corporation’s (YCDC) first talent initiative video focused on Why York County. The videos highlight the success of local community members and the career benefits they have experienced by living in York County, Nebraska.

LINCOLN. WE CHOSE IT.

The Lincoln Chamber serves as Lincoln’s lead business organization championing our innovative, bustling business community. We are a convener and collaborator who brings all voices together to grow our city and move it forward.

AT HOME IN GREATER NEBRASKA – MEGAN HELBERG

“The pull of the Sandhills and a connection I felt to this land. I want to be a part of preserving this way of life, yet also helping my community navigate what is ahead.”

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MADELINE’S GOOD LIFE STORY

Nebraska is anything but a flyover state for Madeline Sullivan. She was born in Omaha, raised in Omaha and even attended college in Omaha. When she graduated with a degree in aviation, though, she was ready to take flight.

KUSH’S GOOD LIFE STORY

Khushbaht (Kush) Addulloev has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska for the past 15 years. He’s been a Nebraskan for more than half of his life, but it’s only by chance that he ended up here at all.

WHY DO WE LIVE IN SMALL TOWNS?

“On the last day of summer school our son, eight year-old Trey, was walking home from the grade school. You can see the school from our house. Tori, my wife, happened to be outside and she saw Trey heading home. She watched as he walked towards our house, all of his summer school papers clutched in his hands.”

2 Holt County friends craft copper mugs, sell them online, forging potential path for rural Nebraska

BUILDING FOR BETTER –
JASON HIRSCHFELD

Jason Hirschfeld seems to be a naturally born educator. That’s why it’s surprising to find out that his path to teaching wasn’t so clear. However, what was never a doubt, was that he wanted to live and raise his family where he grew up, York County. 

ADVENTURES OF A RURAL RUNNER

“I found myself looking forward to the time out of the house. I loved being in the sunshine and fresh air and really took the time to enjoy the beauty of my surroundings. A hawk sitting on a fence post. The smell of alfalfa. The deer running across the road in front of me.”

YOUNG NEBRASKANS CAN LIVE AND WORK ANYWHERE.

Why are more and more people in their 30s and 40s choosing to live in or near our smaller communities? The 2010 Census shows that 53 of Nebraska’s most rural counties — those that do not have a town of at least 2,500 residents — had a net in-migration in this particular age cohort.”

At Eat Restaurant in Dodge, Nebraska, population 600, chef serves small-town food with a big-city twist

EXPERIENCE RURAL NEBRASKA BEAUTY UP CLOSE BY “GRAVEL GRINDING”

“On our bicycle ride to Gallagher Lake, I was most amazed by the absence of background noise. No cars whizzing by. No rumble of passing trucks leaving wind-blown riders in their wake.”

© 2019 Nebraska Department of Economic Development
allison.hatch@nebraska.gov

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