Lukas Buchta in UNO hockey gear

Hip Czech Not Too Cool for School

February 14, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, People, Sports

Hockey has taken Lukas Buchta a long way from home. The Czech Republic native is wrapping up his final season as a Mavericks defenseman. Buchta, 24, takes seriously his student-athlete status. The University of Nebraska-Omaha […]

Candy and Wesleyon Zollicoffer and family

On a Mission to Revitalize North Omaha

Posted In: Omaha Magazine, Religion

Wes and Candy Zollicoffer are not your average neighbors. Instead of plopping down in front of the television after a full day’s work, the Zollicoffers would rather pick up trash along the street or organize […]

Strawberry-Blue Olive

Strawberry-Blue Olive’s Excellent Adventure

Posted In: Omaha Magazine, People

Strawberry-Blue Olive believes in the power of “ideas worth spreading.” This heartfelt belief in the TED tagline—plus her love of innovation, creativity, and community—made her an apt fit to carry the mantle of TEDxOmaha when […]

Steve Hogan II of Hogan's Heroes

A Legacy of Hogan’s Junior Golf Heroes

Posted In: Giving, Omaha Magazine

Steve Hogan II could have pitched the golf ball, but instead clutched his 6-iron for an attempt back on the fairway at the Riverside Golf Club. He glanced at the small narrow window through the […]

Contributing editor 60Plus Gwen Lemke

60Plus Opener

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Family, People

When I hear about Nebraska’s wild turkeys, it always reminds me of bygone days when my boys were young—and we raised peacocks. Our peacocks would roam throughout the yard’s five wooded acres. The birds stayed […]

Omaha Star building in North Omaha

An Omaha Star: Phyllis Hicks

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, People

When the story of the city’s longest-running African-American-owned newspaper, The Omaha Star, is written, three women will dominate its 80-year narrative. Founding publisher Mildred Brown ran the ship from 1938 until her death in 1989. […]

The Phoenix-Like Resurrection of Turkeys in Nebraska

The Phoenix-Like Resurrection of Turkeys in Nebraska

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, History, People

If you’ve ever gone turkey hunting in Nebraska, or seen one out and about, you should know that every turkey you have encountered in Nebraska is a miracle. The state’s tumultuous history of wild turkeys […]

Shirley Ortman checking scuba gear

600 Dives and Counting

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Fitness, People

Native North Dakotan Shirley Ortman was 19 before she learned to swim. “I’m a pretty good swimmer, but I don’t enjoy it,” she says. “And I do not like to lie on the beach; I’m […]

Kristen Macdissi with paddleboard

Way, Way Offshore

February 13, 2019 · Posted In: Omaha Magazine, People, Recreation

Kristen Macdissi knows it isn’t easy being a thalassophile (a lover of the sea) in a state that “doesn’t coast.” It’s not the least of her afflictions, though. Macdissi’s love for mountains compelled her to […]

Cake and Destroy’s Elise Fertwagner

Cake and Destroy’s Elise Fertwagner

Posted In: Food & Drink, Omaha Magazine, People

Elise Fertwagner is a bit of a disrupter in the world of artistic baking, particularly in the Omaha area where she is an active member of the pop-up cuisine community (which seems to be rising […]