Small town citizens make it happen in Rural Communities of the Year

By Janelle Atyeo, Midwest Messenger Regional Editor

Mother Nature tested Nebraska this year with massive floods and crippling blizzards, but as always, the people pulled together and made it through. In trying times like these, the power of community shines through.

This year, the Midwest Messenger has selected three rural towns where residents work together every day toward the betterment of their community. The 2019 Midwest Messenger Rural Communities of the Year are Stuart in northern Nebraska, and the Platte River communities of Osceola and Aurora further south. Continue reading here.

Written by Jon Burleson, Midwest Messenger Reporter

Stuart: Making it work – together
The village has plans to acquire land and develop sub-divisions north of town, get smart electric meters for dwellings, upgrading the town’s electric grid and looking at obtaining an independent solar array network (possibly with a fuel-cell link) as a backup against outages.

Osceola: A town that gets things done
“The city, businesses, organizations and residents work together to achieve a balance of positive, social, economic and environmental outcomes,” Mayor Graff said. “It is for these reasons that Osceola is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.”

Aurora: Building on achievement
The success story that is Aurora, Nebraska, was a gradual process. It starts with the original settlers, who laid the groundwork and then were followed by a progression of resilient people that incrementally improved upon existing ideas. “We all stand upon someone else’s shoulders,” Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman said. “We have been blessed with dynamic and aggressive visionaries.”

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