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Weekly Column: Preserving History, Preserving Community

The Center for Rural Affairs often emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship in rural communities. For one rural community, entrepreneurship has kept the small town alive.

St. James, Nebraska was once a thriving farm community, but like many rural towns, found itself quickly dwindling. The town was struggling, and after the church was closed and the remaining building burned to the ground in 2000, the old school house and a few other establishments were about the only signs that a town existed.

Supreme Court Rejects I-300 Appeal

LYONS, NE – Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Nebraska Attorney General’s petition for a writ of certiorari - a request for an appeal of the Omaha federal district court ruling that I-300 is unconstitutional. This means the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal and I-300 can no longer be enforced.

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MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success Was Hugely Successful!

This Month's Feature Article

The Center’s first annual MarketPlace conference is now over, and it is one for the record books. The event’s success was evident from the overflowing parking lot at Kearney’s Ramada Inn, the bustling hallways within, and the over 500 people who faced an impending storm to turn out in droves. Attendees of all ages came from 10 states and Canada, including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In Nebraska, 134 communities were represented.

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