A few years ago Paul, our marketing manager noticed the popularity of street maps as wall art. In fact, a friend had decorative maps of all the cities he'd lived in – including Grand Island – purchased through a website. Given his own interest in maps, Paul sought out some of these websites. After parsing through a few options, he decided as a designer it was time to create one of his own.

If you find yourself in Grand Island, Nebraska, for a conference or competition, and you need a place to unwind, be sure to dine and drink like a local. You want a joint with great service and a relaxed atmosphere. You want the best hot food without overpaying. You want fun and original drink options. Gather your crew around you and check out the top five (in our opinion) restaurants in town –that also serve up a great alcoholic beverage.

Beer is that neat part of science and creativity that turns into something enjoyable. It has been made for centuries and yet here we are becoming brewers. Making beer for a living! Beer is like an artist’s media, creating something from a few bags of grain, making it our own.

Strolling along the boardwalk past the millinery or walking the path from the Milisen’s main house to its summer kitchen, noses will pick up on it before arrival. A distinct scent emanates from the blacksmith shop, a steady column of smoke rising from its red brick chimney.

Railroad man Ken Scholl hears something like this little girl’s exclamation on a regular basis. Scholl manages, engineers, and conducts the Stolley Park Railroad in Grand Island with help from other volunteers, and also bears a remarkable resemblance to the conductor in the well-loved book and film The Polar Express.

A Grand Island native, painter Doug Johnson creates beautiful landscapes out of simple geometric forms.

Renowned architect Edward Durell Stone landed on a TWA flight at the Grand Island airport during a raging snowstorm. Leo Stuhr, a prominent local farmer and former state senator, had recently donated family land for a Hall County museum — although land closer to Interstate 80 was eventually decided on in its place.

Ash Gordon arrives at a nondescript warehouse next to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport around 5am. Inside the aging metal building, Gordon cultivates more than twenty varieties of mushrooms.

A tailgating hobby revealed a talent, and that talent was labeled the world’s best in 2015. Captain Todd Morgan has fought fires for the Grand Island Fire Department since 1988. He has been a college football fan tailgating at Nebraska Cornhusker football games since 2001. After years of perfecting a wing sauce for his tailgating hobby, friends and family encouraged him to brand and sell his talent.

More and more people are stopping by Fred’s Flying Circus — so dubbed by his friend who crafted a sign with the saying — to admire his handiwork. The sculptures fill the lot where that grocery once stood in between the railroad tracks and his shop. Snoopy, Shrek and a gaggle of funny cars up on poles will soon be joined by Smurfette handing Tweety Bird a bouquet of flowers.