Neligh is making a splash throughout the state thanks to being the featured community in the latest edition of "Nebraska Life" magazine.
The edition will be mailed to subscribers, but single copies are available for $5.95 at the Antelope County News in Neligh, which now serves as a regular outlet for the publication.
Nebraska Life’s Assistant Editor Alan J. Bartels spent time in Neligh last August interviewing and photographing the community, along with residents and businesses.
“I really enjoyed visiting Neligh," said Bartels, who wrote and photographed the feature story about Neligh that appears in the July/August issue of the magazine. “Everywhere I went people were happy to talk about their town. They work hard and are proud of their community. The spirit of cooperation in Neligh sets a fine example for communities across our state and beyond. I went to Neligh to find a story to tell and I found a good story. Our readers everywhere will enjoy getting to know the community, and I look forward to going back to Neligh again in the near future.”
Bartels will host a "Meet the Author" event at the Neligh Public Library to officially unveil the Neligh edition on Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Bartels will be on hand to talk with the people of Neligh about the feature in the July/August issue. Coffee and rolls will be served.
He said local residents will be offered a special subscription deal where they can get seven issues for the price of six, which is $24 for a one-year subscription and they will get the Neligh issue for free.
While in Neligh last August, Bartels started his day on the mill bridge as the sun rose and saw the sun set from behind the drive-in screen. Both are places Neligh is widely known for, so the time in between those historic and nostalgic locations are equally important as the magazine dove into all of what makes Neligh unique.
Blackburn Manufacturing, The White Spot, Pierson Wildlife Museum, Pitzer Digital, Carhart Lumber, Casey's, TK/Starlite Drive-In, Werkmeister Cabinets and the Neligh Senior Center were all locations Bartels visited.
He also photographed the Pioneer Church being repainted, visited White Buffalo Girl's grave and attended the Neligh-Oakdale Booster Club barbecue. Bartels spent time at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Riverside Park, Penn Lake and the Elkhorn River.
Neligh's combination of historic and progressive nature left an impression on the writer and photographer, most notably with the Neligh Mill.
"The fact that it existed shows the entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of Neligh's early residents, a spirit that continues today in businesses such as Blackburn and Smeal," he said. "The fact that the mill still exists shows the community's pride in its heritage. The same can be said of TK/Starlite Drive-In, a time capsule now rare across the nation."