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Community Matters Archive

Every community has a story. We set out to share the true meaning of community. We talked with our neighbors and captured their stories, and what we found is that we're nothing without each other. We invite you to watch the stories of all the communities we call home.

Nebraska

Cultivating Community

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. We talked to people on farms and ranches and heard that it’s not just a way of making ends meet, it’s a way of life.

Thank a Hero

Some superheroes are real. Thank you to everyone who makes a difference.

Community: In a Word

We set out to uncover the true meaning of community, asking neighbors from all of the places we call home to define it in only one word. In the end we found community is much more than any one word could describe.

Business of Community

We talked to businesses in all the places we call home. We heard that communities far and wide rely on these businesses, but more than that, these businesses rely on community.

7 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Take a tour of America without leaving your chair. Discover unique and interesting events that are fun for the whole family.

Mitchell: Rubber Check Race

What do you get when combine horses, ATVs and a wheelbarrow? A chance to bring the community together.

Neligh: Wildlife Museum

Discover how two people left their legacy to Nebraska so children could learn and explore.

Arnold: Open Road Challenge

What goes over 200 mph, raises money for the community and brings people together? Watch to find out.

Crete: Doane College

The middle of Nebraska is home to two hidden gems—a college where students love to go and a town where people don’t want to leave.

Wisner: Feller & Company

This isn’t just a family business. It’s a tradition that’s been passed through four generations—and one day five.

Beatrice: High School Football

The school was told there weren’t enough funds to build a new stadium. See how the community put together a fourth-quarter rally of their own.

Lincoln: Capital Humane Society

Bob Downey has devoted his life to a cause. See how Lincoln came together to give these pets a second chance.

Lincoln: Community Health Endowment

Community leaders set out to make Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation. See how they’re doing it.

Omaha: Saving Grace Food Rescue

Every day, people are going hungry while food goes to waste. Somebody in Nebraska decided to do something about it.

Omaha: Mancuso Family

One family company has provided 50 years of fun for people in and around Omaha. See the inspiration behind the traditions.

Palmer: Gary Monter

Palmer Public Schools are the heart and soul of the community. And Gary Monter was the heart and soul of Palmer Public Schools. This video captures the spirit of the people of Palmer. And it is dedicated to Monter’s memory.

Omaha: Intergenerational Campus

Seniors are looking to give back. This campus pairs them with youth that could use a helping hand.

Grant: 4-H County Fair

4-H gives kids a chance to raise animals. See how these experiences prepare children for later in life.

Imperial: Allo Communications

See how some of the fastest internet speeds in the country are connecting people in a place you might not expect.

Verdigre: Frank’s Food Mart

In the Northeast corner of Nebraska, just 12 miles from the Missouri River, stands a grocery store. The couple that runs it knows better than anyone why people choose to live in their hometown. And why Verdigre has thrived through the generations.

Schuyler: The Colfax Theater

This theater is so important to Schuyler, Nebraska that it’s run almost entirely by volunteers. They saved it, refurbished it, and soon they’ll host live stage performances there. Watch their story.

Osceola: Annie Jeffrey Center

In Polk County, tending to patients also means taking care of your family and neighbors. Annie Jeffrey Health Center brings world-class doctors, technology and medical care to this tight-knit community.

Omaha: Fat Brain Toys

How did Mark and Karen Carson take an award-winning toy company from their basement to a busy and bustling warehouse? Making educational toys and customer service that big box stores couldn’t match.

Omaha: Elman & Co. Printing

It doesn’t matter what line of business you’re in. There’s a common work ethic that binds the people of a community together. This video is about how a dedication to perfection fuels a modern business.

Omaha: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being a kid is hard enough. Having someone to look up to makes it easier. In Omaha, Big Brothers, Big Sisters steps up to take responsibility for finding kids mentors who become lifelong friends.

Omaha: Avant Architects

Architects don’t just live in a community. They actually create it. Watch to see how one firm takes on the responsibility of designing the spaces where we live, work and play.

Ogallala: Petrified Wood Gallery

Twin brothers have quietly built a collection of petrified wood and art that rivals some of the country’s top museums, all on public view for their community to enjoy. Their story illustrates not just the power of art, but of family itself.

Ogallala: Open Range Grill

How do you build a thriving business? You focus on giving your community a place to come together. The Open Range Grill is a business success story and a testament to the American work ethic.

Ogallala: Livestock Market

There’s a place where business is done with a handshake. Where thousands of cattle go up for auction every night. And where a community of ranchers have gathered together for decades.

Nebraska: Bill’s Volume Sales

Decades ago, a businessman named Bill Pullen chose to bank with Roy Dinsdale. Over the years, the two men have developed an easy friendship and a mutual respect that will be an inspiration long after they retire.

Madison: Pfeifer Auto Body

In a town like Madison, auto body shops don’t just fix automobiles. They fix whatever needs fixing, whether it belongs on a farm or under the bright lights of Hollywood.

Lincoln: The Backpack Program

Every weekend, thousands of kids rely on The Lincoln Backpack program to give them the food, encouragement, and community spirit they need for the weekend. This is its story.

Lincoln: Speedway Motors

Speedy Bill Smith spent 84 years doing what he loved. And his passion paid off in the form of a thriving business, an awe-inspiring museum, and a family that has stayed devoted to his legacy through the generations.

Lincoln: Pinnacle Bank Arena

The new arena has been a spark for the Haymarket District, giving businesses, locals and tourists a new reason to get excited about Lincoln. Hear its story from people who helped make it a reality.

Hastings: The Lark

Greater Nebraska is home to a vibrant underground music scene. And soon The Lark will give audiences a new place to connect with artists. This video gathers them all together to talk about the value of live music in a community.

Holt Co. Economic Development

The mailboxes that line the streets of Holt County hold more than cards and bills; they carry an invitation to put down roots. That’s just one of the innovative ways the Holt County Economic Development office is creating growth in this Nebraska community.

Gretna: Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

It’s a pumpkin patch. It’s a pig race. And a dragon. And a squash launcher. And a community tradition for than a quarter million Nebraskans.

Fremont: The Family YMCA

The doors on the Fremont Family YMCA are rarely locked. The parking lot is seldom empty. Its 200,000 square feet of pools, rinks, gyms and studios are almost never quiet. And that’s just how this enormous family likes it.

Columbus: Behlen Manufacturing

When businesses work together, the entire community prospers. Behlen Manufacturing is an example of how a company can take the lead in bringing good jobs to towns in America’s heartland.

Aurora: Grain Place Foods

This local business was one of the first to embrace organic practices. It’s not a trend or a business strategy. It’s a calling that helps the people there work in harmony with their crops and their community.

Lexington: Bryan Elementary

Teaching young kids English and Spanish is good for their education, good for the economy, and good for our culture. Here is how one Greater Nebraska school is making it happen.

Colorado

The Hope West Hospice

How did the community of Grand Junction build a successful hospice? A great cup of coffee, and a store full of treasures.

Art in Loveland

Loveland, Colorado is home to the country’s largest outdoor juried sculpture show. See how bronze at 2100 degrees gets turned into something priceless.

Ft. Collins: Unite for Literacy

Too many kids don't have 100 books in their home. But they have smartphones. One organization sees the solution to a problem.

Glenwood Springs: Whitewater Rafting

If you’re going to survive in the ever-competitive rafting business in the small tourist town of Glenwood Springs, there are three keys to success. Locals. Locals. Locals.

Ft. Lupton: South Platte Valley Historical Society

Fort Lupton, Colorado is home to the first Bank of Colorado, and to a dedicated community of volunteers who recognized that sometimes making history means stepping back into it.

Woodland Park: World Thinking Day

Each year at World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts take time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries.

Colorado Springs: Girl Scout Troop 2295

The proceeds from a box of Girl Scout cookies can make a huge impact on the community. And when you meet one of the state’s top sellers, she’ll leave an impact on you.

Yuma: The Harvest at JT Farms

All the corn grown in Yuma, Colorado stays in the community. Watch this video to experience the harvest from the cockpit of a giant combine.

Estes Park: The Taffy Shop

This 80-year-old business is not just a place to get taffy. It’s a tradition that keeps tourists coming back year after year.

Brush: Beetdigger Football.

When you play sports for Brush High School, you carry the hopes of the community on your shoulders. Fortunately, that same community takes responsibility for making sure you stay on the right path.

Greeley: Customer Appreciation Dinner

The Greeley Stampede has been a community tradition for more than 100 years. Almost half a million people enjoy bull riding, music, food, art, a demolition derby and more. It’s also a chance for 775 of our customers to celebrate a community of their own.

Sterling: Northeastern Junior College/BOC Event Center

The event center in Sterling is a great venue for basketball, volleyball, concerts and unique events. But more importantly, it's home to a special community.

Durango: Home Slice Pizza

Some prefer sausage. Others pepperoni. But for those from the Southwestern town of Durango, Colorado there is truly no better taste of home than a pie from their hometown pizzeria, Home Slice Pizza.

Denver: Art Museum

Museums don’t have to be somewhere to just stare at walls. At the Denver Art Museum you can explore the latest Cartier exhibit and then learn how to make jewelry yourself.

Durango: Mountain Bike Specialists

Bicycle magazines dub Durango as a cycling mecca. And there is one bike shop that is truly at its heart. From hosting benefit races, to sponsoring teams, to outfitting a legion of riders and enthusiasts this retailer truly puts the "special" in specialists.

New Mexico

7 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Take a tour of America without leaving your chair. Discover unique and interesting events that are fun for the whole family.

Business of Community

We talked to businesses in all the places we call home. We heard that communities far and wide rely on these businesses, but more than that, these businesses rely on community.

Thank a Hero

Some superheroes are real. Thank you to everyone who makes a difference.

Cultivating Community

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. We talked to people on farms and ranches and heard that it’s not just a way of making ends meet, it’s a way of life.

Community: In a Word

We set out to uncover the true meaning of community, asking neighbors from all of the places we call home to define it in only one word. In the end we found community is much more than any one word could describe.

Gallup: Richardson's Trading Post

Stocked to the rafters with everything from Navajo rugs and saddles to buckskins and precious stones, you won’t find more authentic taste of the Southwest than at this treasured town landmark.

Gallup: The Ceremonial

For nearly a century this gathering has been a way for Gallup to share and celebrating native American traditions, handing them down from generation to generation.

Sioux City

7 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Take a tour of America without leaving your chair. Discover unique and interesting events that are fun for the whole family.

Business of Community

We talked to businesses in all the places we call home. We heard that communities far and wide rely on these businesses, but more than that, these businesses rely on community.

Cultivating Community

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. We talked to people on farms and ranches and heard that it’s not just a way of making ends meet, it’s a way of life.

Thank a Hero

Some superheroes are real. Thank you to everyone who makes a difference.

Community: In a Word

We set out to uncover the true meaning of community, asking neighbors from all of the places we call home to define it in only one word. In the end we found community is much more than any one word could describe.

Texas

Cultivating Community

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. We talked to people on farms and ranches and heard that it’s not just a way of making ends meet, it’s a way of life.

Cleburne: Children’s Advocacy

This organization rescues children from abusive situations and gives them what they need most. Hope.

Ft. Worth: TCU Ranch Management

The TCU’s Ranch Management program is one of the most unique agriculture programs in the world. It equips tomorrow’s ranchers and farmers with real world experience, so graduates have a better understanding of suitability in a growing world, and how to run a ranch or farm as a business.

Fort Worth: Cultural District

See how cultural institutions have revitalized a community and inspired a city.

Cleburne: Howard Dudley

When you want something done right, you take your time. And that is just what Howard Dudley did when he revitalized the heart of Cleburne, Texas, one historical structure at a time.

Springtown: Wild West Festival

How do you turn a barbecue cookout, mock gunfight and parade of Elvises into a college scholarship? Just watch.

Fort Worth: Child Study Center

This one-of-a-kind facility helps one-of-a-kind children reach their full potential.

Joshua: Open Door Church and Food Bank

See how one kind act of service in Joshua Texas led to thousands of full pantries and even fuller hearts.

Fort Worth: Downtown

Urban renewal of a city can’t happen alone. It takes leaders from all over the community to have a vision and a shared voice. And that’s exactly what happened in the city of Fort Worth, Texas. Today it’s a thriving metro area that’s a shining example of how a city can change when community works together.

Community: In a Word
We set out to uncover the true meaning of community, asking neighbors from all of the places we call home to define it in only one word. In the end we found community is much more than any one word could describe.
Thank a Hero
Some superheroes are real. Thank you to everyone who makes a difference.
Business of Community
We talked to businesses in all the places we call home. We heard that communities far and wide rely on these businesses, but more than that, these businesses rely on community.
7 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Take a tour of America without leaving your chair. Discover unique and interesting events that are fun for the whole family.

Wyoming

7 Events You Don’t Want To Miss

Take a tour of America without leaving your chair. Discover unique and interesting events that are fun for the whole family.

Thank a Hero

Some superheroes are real. Thank you to everyone who makes a difference.

Community: In a Word

We set out to uncover the true meaning of community, asking neighbors from all of the places we call home to define it in only one word. In the end we found community is much more than any one word could describe.

Cultivating Community

Agriculture is the backbone of our country. We talked to people on farms and ranches and heard that it’s not just a way of making ends meet, it’s a way of life.

Business of Community

We talked to businesses in all the places we call home. We heard that communities far and wide rely on these businesses, but more than that, these businesses rely on community.

Mitchell: Rubber Check Race

What do you get when combine horses, ATVs and a wheelbarrow? A chance to bring the community together.

Mitchell: A Food Community

Straight from the farm to the store isn’t a gimmick. It’s helping people develop a new relationship with food.

Thermopolis: Fire Department

Most people wouldn’t do this job for a million dollars. They do it for nothing.

Worland: BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

See why people come from all over for the smells and sounds of this annual tradition.

Cody: Field of Honor

Patriotism in our country can be shown in a lot of ways. And for the second straight year the people of Cody, Wyoming showcase theirs by the thousands.

Veteran: Booth's Cherry Creek Ranch

Changing with the times is important no matter what business you're in. But when you own and run a ranch, it's essential.

Cody: Nite Rodeo

The spirit of the American West is alive and on display every night, for 92 straight nights.

Mitchell: A Food Community

Straight from the farm to the store isn’t a gimmick. It’s helping people develop a new relationship with food.