September/October 2019

Male northern cardinals, like this one in an Omaha backyard, add a bold touch of red to the brown and green woodlands of our Big ‘Red’ state.

Karen Kader

From the crimson cardinal on our cover, to the fall foliage and horseback rider image in our Last Look photography contest toward the back of the magazine, the September/October 2019 issue of Nebraska Life is packed page-to-page with entertaining stories and beautiful images that will stop you in your tracks and remind you of your affection for our state. Here is a little of what you will find and experience when you subscribe to Nebraska Life.

   That colorful male northern cardinal hints at this issue’s photo essay. Nebraska is known as the Big Red State, and in this selection of stunning images, we emphasize the big ‘red’ part of it. From birds and sunsets to barns and tractors, Nebraska’s best photographers explore our mostly brown and green state for bits of beautiful red. Our photo essay begins on page 22.

   For our next feature we pop on over to page 32. No, we’re not trying to be cute. This story is about the Zangger family and their popcorn farm near North Loup. With hybrid genetics originating with Nebraska’s indigenous Pawnee, the Zangger family’s popcorn seeds grow worldwide as father, mother and fifth generation sons work together.

   Ask residents from Wayne where they are from and you will likely hear them reply with “Wayne America.” Residents and businesspeople didn’t miss a beat of community pride when it came time to rebuild Wayne in the wake of a tornado six years ago in 2013. Today the town is growing, but they haven’t forgotten their 140 years of history. Read about Wayne America beginning on page 48 for a glimpse of this patriotic college town overflowing with community pride.

    Union Orchard seems like an appropriate name for a roadside fruit and vegetable farm operated by a united family determined to work together for success. If 18 varieties of apples isn’t reason enough to pull over, then maybe a dozen apple doughnuts is. Our story beginning on page 70 will have to hold your appetite at bay until you can visit the Wostrel Family’s Union Orchard in Cass County for yourself.

   Experts say that rock formations at Scotts Bluff are millions of years in the making. The bluff’s role as a national monument is much younger. Scotts Bluff National Monument: you look great for 100. Read our centennial salute to our century-old national monument beginning on page 88, and catch a snapshot glimpse about a new SBNM photo contest, too.


Plus, the September/October 2019 issue of Nebraska Life tackles the origin story of 6-man football in our Flat Water News department. Yep, it was born in Nebraska 85 years ago. We’ll also learn the truth about Stromsburg’s love of lutfisk – they wear it close to their hearts (while holding their noses), and Gretna’s rare goats receive a flood of support as waters rise. In our Nebraska Traveler section we’ll have a whole lot of fun at Lincoln’s Good Life Halfsy half marathon, man-up for a car show in Carroll run by local women, go pumpkin patching at Champion and head to a historic Halloween at Fort Kearny. Speaking of forts, near Battle Creek we’ll go back in time to Fort Elkhorn which never existed, and in our Park Spotlight we’ll visit Omaha’s very real heartland of America Park. OK, we’ll also toss in our statewide calendar of events.

   Give us a call at 1-800-777-6159 to share the very best of Nebraska with your friends, family and co-workers. You can also subscribe by clicking the subscriptions tab above. Holiday season is approaching. Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them the gift of Nebraska.


  • Big ‘Red’ photo essay
  • Zangger Popcorn in North Loup
  • Wild plum recipes add flavor to late summer and autumn
  • Union Orchard’s fruit, fun and family by the roadside
  • Wayne America
  • 100 years of Scotts Bluff National Monument
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