(Editor’s note: the following Good Living Tour video was produced in part thanks to our sponsors — Center for Rural Affairs, Pinnacle Bank, Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.)
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In June 2015, a team of Hear Nebraska journalists visited nine Greater Nebraska communities as part of HN’s Good Living Tour. Along the way, we interviewed young residents to hear, in their own words, what makes their community a distinctly attractive place to live, work and play.
Here’s what the residents of Imperial had to say:
On that same trip, our Good Living Tour storytelling crew interviewed local musicians, venue operators, musical entrepreneurs and young professionals, all dedicated to cultivating the arts in their communities. Our editorial team produced two features from the trip to Ogallala. Read them below:
The Imperial Bedroom Sessions and The Talbott Brothers in Arms | story by Chance Solem-Pfeifer | photo by Chris Dinan
At the beginning of their teenage years, music gave Imperial natives Nick and Tyler Talbott a new lease on their sibling relationship. In the years since, the brothers have only strengthened their bond, touring to both coasts and releasing three records.
The Passion Projects of Marla Smith | story by Andrew Stellmon | photos by Logan Pribbeno
A lifetime Imperial resident, retired science teacher Marla Smith continues to impact the community through both her passion for music and innovation in science education. Whether teaching guitar lessons or guiding students through S.C.O.R.E. camp, she remains driven by her students’ joy.
Video: Bridget McQuillan, Chris Dinan
Edit: Chris Dinan
Interview: Andrew Norman
Animation: Bryan Findell
Song: “Heartland” by The Talbott Brothers