March/April 2019



A Canada goose hen provides warmth and shade for her goslings at Schramm Park State Recreation Area near Gretna.

Derrald Farnsworth-Linvingston

From the adorable goslings on our cover, to the colorful blooms in our Showcase Shots photography contest at the back of the magazine, the March/April 2019 issue of Nebraska Life is filled page to glossy page with stories and photos bolstering your love of Nebraska. It is just what you need at the end of a long winter. Here’s what you’ll find in this issue when you subscribe to Nebraska Life.

The Transcontinental Railroad was the nation’s first super highway. What’s that got to do with Nebraska? Well, more than 460 miles of that historic engineering achievement crossed Nebraska, AND, the first spike was hammered in Omaha! In our 9-page feature, “Blood, Sweat & Steam,” writers Matt Vincent and Alan Bartels reveal how railroad workers battled rugged terrain, weather and hostile Indians to complete the nation’s first coast-to-coast route years ahead of schedule. Train nuts can check out our list of modern-day train stops and visit NebraskaLife.com for additional railroad stories.

Dandelions, the bane of many landscaper’s existence, are wonderful weeds, at least when served for dinner. Our Nebraska Kitchens department pays tribute to these colorful plants with five flavorful recipes from Nebraska Life readers.  

In Wayne we meet Dwaine Spieker, a teacher, father and admitted “word mechanic” who brews beer and poems. Find out how living in Nebraska inspires this talented writer who is the new poetry editor for Nebraska Life.

Spring is almost here, and that means a new crop of raccoons, fox kits, prairie dog pups and other spring wildlife babies exploring the landscape. Get your feathered and furry cuteness overload with our 8-page photo essay, “Newborn Nebraska.”

Patriotism bubbles up at the Ramsey Family Fountain in Tecumseh. Sure, you can order a phosphate or ice cream soda, and then see how owners Bev and Wilbur Ramsey salute the military with walls covered with the framed portraits of Johnson County veterans. American pride overflows from small town Nebraska in this story from contributor Robert Becker.

A similar community pride rises from O’Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska. Travel writer Jennifer Troester proves it with a story from her hometown, Sláinte: Residents & visitors toast O’Neill’s Irish Traditions.” Find out how the town’s famous green horse first changed its stripes (no, it isn’t a zebra), and how peaceful residents painted the World’s Largest Shamrock despite police officers telling them not to. Green beer? Yep, O’Neill can claim credit for that tradition, too. Jennifer’s story begins on page 60, and we’ve included a recipe for Milligan Stew for your own Irish celebrations.

That stew will warm you up after braving the cold to watch sandhill cranes roosting in the Platte River. Don’t worry, though, passion for these birds warms up to a fever pitch among visitors to the Crane Trust near Grand Island. Tag along with Nebraska Life staff photographer AJ Dahm as he explores more than 5,000 acres of prairie and wetlands while meeting visitors from far and wide. More than 650,000 sandhill cranes can’t be wrong, the Platte River in Nebraska is worth flocking to.

While sandhill cranes are the most common species of crane, whooping cranes are the rarest. Both frequent Nebraska’s Platte River, and in our Flat Water News department, we will introduce you to a whooping crane named Bob who just might have an identity crisis. We will also share the exciting tale of finding the world’s only Fuller car, produced in Nebraska more than a century ago, and shed some light on the continuing journey of one Oregon Trail pioneer still working her way west. A Lincoln filmmaker will shine his spotlight on a Sandhills ranch, and in Clay Center we’ll meet a couple who live in a bubble. As always, our Nebraska Trivia department rounds up the section with 15 questions. IN this issue we’ll test your knowledge with 15 questions about the city of Lincoln.

Join us on the road in our Nebraska Traveler department with stories about the Polar Bear Tank Race in Mullen, a Scottsbluff antique store that sells stories, biking for nachos in Lincoln, McCook’s prairie chickens and our statewide calendar of events. Our Park Spotlight hits the trails and ponds of Bader Park near Chapman. We hope you’ll read our story and then visit the scenic and adventure-filled park for yourself.

Call us at 800-777-6159 or click the subscriptions tab to order Nebraska Life subscriptions for yourself and your loved ones today. Nebraska Life makes a great gift.

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