Author: Edge Staff

The Jansens

You could say dirt runs in Rich Jansen’s blood. A third-generation farmer with nearly 8,000 acres of land spanning six counties, this Gretna native is no stranger to a little elbow grease, cultivating the soil that produces corn, soybeans and wheat—the family’s livelihood. “I’m going to die with my boots […]

Surviving Stroke

Aear ago, then-39- year-old Michelle Reitz was in her athletic prime. A working mother of twins, Reitz counted dozens of half- and full marathons, triathlons and an Ironman among her accomplishments. She ate unprocessed, healthy foods. She had enviably low cholesterol and blood pressure. But one day, she realized she […]

HUG Evangelist

As a little girl, Mary Clare Sweet watched her mother practice yoga with a sense of awe. In the 1980s, yoga wasn’t yet mainstream, and Lincoln yogis like her mother met in basements to practice an ancient art form that felt exotic and special. Watching her mother, Sweet would sometimes […]

Real Estate Tycoon

Adam Briley strives daily to be a better leader. He’s read dozens of books on the topic – author John Maxwell is a favorite – and has crisscrossed the country for leadership seminars and conferences. A tattoo on Briley’s right shoulder reminds him to “burn the boats,” a phrase inspired […]

Matchmaking Maven

Courtney Hawkins knows first – hand how hard the dating game can be. “I met a lot of frogs be – fore I met my fiancé,” she confesses. Meeting the right person and falling in love takes time, Hawkins affirms. It’s tough. So for Hawkins, who honed her skills helping […]

Makeover Master

Some days, Omaha stylist Kirby Keomysay uses shears and a blow – dryer to make women look beautiful. Other days, he uses chicken wire, hot glue and Styrofoam. Keomysay, owner of Kontempo salon, has mastered the spectrum of hair styling. He’ll give women a killer blowout during Kontempo’s Happy Hour […]

Omaha’s Young & Talented

Omaha is the kind of town where a kid from Grand Island who grew up styling mannequins can win a reality TV show and start a salon – all before turning 25. Omaha is a city where a 25-year-old with a talent for love connections can count hundreds of relationships […]

5 Steps To Make A Perfect Cocktail

The bar: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse The bartender: Luke Kothe The drink: Italian Evening • 1.5 oz. DeKuyper Cherry Pucker. That’s no misprint: Cherry. Pucker. • 1.5 oz. Pallini Limoncello. • 2 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice and 1 oz seltzer water. • Chilled, sugar-rimmed glass • Shake and serve with orange […]

Face The Future

Brittany Witt Age 16 Marian High School Rarely does a freshman burst onto the scene in High School athletics and make their mark, but that’s just what Brittany Witt did for Marian High School last fall. Straight from the halls of St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Elkhorn where she was […]

Rising Star

Mason Meier Age 13 Elkhorn Valley View Middle School Having competed since the age of 8, Mason Meier has developed into one of the area’s rising young stars on the youth tennis scene.  Meier trains 4 or 5 nights a week to compete in both the 14s and 16s Divisions, […]