(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 North Platte 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 North Platte. Read them below:
Brandon Raby: North Platte’s skateboarding, gypsy jazz enthusiast | story by Chance Solem-Pfeifer | photo by Bridget McQuillan
Like most players and proponents of gypsy jazz, North Platte coffee- and skate-shop owner Brandon Raby is attracted to the genre’s mysterious backstory, uncommon style and its entrenched, subcultural following.
Kittle’s Full-Service Shop Sustains North Platte’s Music Community | story by Andrew Stellmon | photos by Bridget McQuillan
Rob Kittle made his first instrument repair more than 20 years ago. Ever since, he’s strived to provide a full-service, learner-centric experience at Kittle’s Music.
Video: Bridget McQuillan, Chris Dinan
Edit: Bridget McQuillan
Interview: Andrew Norman
Animation: Bryan Findell
Song: “Funeral Guns” by Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies