As a repatriated Grand Island native with a few years back under my belt, it isn’t uncommon to find myself playing host to guests. Whether it is to non-native visitors or welcoming back Grand Island’s sons and daughters who return to visit their families or friends, both groups tend to give skeptical squints when I attest that Grand Island really has something to offer out-of-towners.

Surrounded by trees in the Middle Loup River Valley is a small town called Dannebrog. Despite claiming only a few hundred residents, it offers particularly flavorful Thursdays.

ost offices are closing, and the way we communicate continually trends toward digital media. In spite of this, the Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is expanding their postcard program.

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.