January/February 2017



We hear from non-Nebraskans often how their travels across Nebraska on I-80 have been long and boring. We had enough, and hit the road from Omaha to the Wyoming border to disprove this notion. We found exciting attractions, entertaining adventures and interesting people at each exit. Check out our “Interstate 80 Adventure” and then hit the road.

From busy I-80 we head to the remote Wildcat Hills for a wintry photo essay from photographer Richard Teller. His passion for sub-zero photography burns hottest when the mercury sinks. See some of his best work in “Shooting Life Below Zero.” The year 2017 marks 150 years for the state of Nebraska. We celebrate our iconic birthday milestone with the first installment of our yearlong series: Nebraska Sesquicentennial Retrospective. We cover the first 25 of our 150 years with entertaining bits of history – some it hardly known. Near Blair we float a new story on the Steamboat Bertrand, the Civil War-era vessel which sank in the Missouri River north of Omaha in 1865. Thousands of artifacts were recovered a century later and fill a museum at DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. Peek inside with us.

 

Plus: In our Nebraska Kitchens special section we visit Central Community College in Hastings to learn a couple of recipes from their brightest culinary pupils. In Grand Island we meet a painter inspired by cornfields and sandhill cranes, before heading to Chester where a master artist carves a new artistic niche turning pencils into mini sculptures. Winter doesn’t keep us cooped-up, our Traveler department includes a calendar of events and travel stories on destinations indoors and out. Check out our Trivia section to see if we can stump you with fun questions about Nebraska’s role in the Wild West, and see which Nebraska farmhouse really is the prettiest. What is the Coffee Burger? Check out our Flat Water department for the skinny on this massive Sioux County original.

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