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NLSO14-Cover-WEBWe’ve been on the hunt for Doc Middleton, traveled on a cattle drive and hunted fossils with Mike Voorhies. We’ve caught a glimpse of ghosts in Grand Island, climbed to Nebraska’s highest peaks and experienced game day in downtown Lincoln. We meet fascinating people, explore communities large and small, and search out the best of Nebraska travel, food, history, art and culture. Join us by subscribing today.Enjoy six issues (one year) for $24, or twelve for $44. Call toll-free at 1-800-777-6159 or click here to give gifts and subscribe for yourself. Click here to purchase this issue, or click here to subscribe (1 Yr • $24, 2 Yrs • $44).

Inside the latest Issue

The latest issue of Nebraska Life Magazine is bursting with new stories and photos for you to enjoy. Below is an overview of what you’ll find inside. Have this issue delivered directly to your mailbox by clicking here to subscribe today!

Nebraska in a Nutshell – September/October 2014

Nutshell-WEBNebraskans are proud of what their state has to offer. From ground-breaking scientists and sports heroes to pioneer heritage, quality attractions, famous writers, inventors and natural wonders, Nebraska has it all. We couldn’t cram everything good about Nebraska into one story or even one giant issue, but here’s 41 of our favorites.


Story by Alan J. Bartels, Jean Lukesh and Matthew Spencer

Broken Bow – September/October 2014

BrokenBow-WEBIt was a broken Native American bow found near a Custer County creek that gave Broken Bow its name. Since the, the community’s history has been preserved by caring volunteers and the thriving community continues to prosper while balancing perfectly between fertile farmland and the most productive cattle range anywhere.


Story by Matthew Spencer, Photographs by Steve and Bobbi Olson

Ak-Sar-Ben River City Rodeo – September/October 2014

RiverCity-WEBThe trail of the American cowboy again leads to Omaha, once home to the world’s largest stockyards. Nearly 100,000 people, many of the cowboys and cowgirls, turn out each year for the Ak-Sar-Ben River City Rodeo at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. A bonus for all that attend is the Douglas County Fair, and the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show, all of which is happening at the same time.

Story by Matthew Spencer

Sweet Tailgate Recipes – September/October 2014

FootballRecipes-WEBThis time of year we know jolly football fans are hungry for the battles of the gridiron greats, but we’ve got some sweet team players in the form of delicious tailgating desserts in our current issue. You’ll be the life of the pregame party when you show up with these sporty new favorites.

Photos by Tannon Asche


Cranberry Bars
Pearl Thunn, Omaha

A perfect tailgaiting choice for Big Red Nation are bars filled with cranberries. Pearl Thunn of Omaha turns this treat up a notch with a blend of brown and white sugars. The white chocolate chips also expand the taste buds. Just make sure your tailgating team doesn’t have more than eight in its lineup, or someone will be a loser and miss out on this dessert. Or call an audible and double the batch.

Blend butter with white and brown sugars, then beat in eggs. Add vanilla and stir in rest of ingredients. Spread evenly over 9-by-9-inch pan that’s been sprayed with cooking oil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350°. Cool, then cut bars.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Serves 6 to 8