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winter 2015 77 know where it went from there. The kitchen table business now occupies a 250,000-square-foot building in Sidney with 2,100 employees on site (and growing), plus thousands in its current 64 stores. Cabela's produces almost a hundred different catalogs a year and manufactures many of its own items. Its stores include education centers and wildlife museums. And every new store opening means another 20 to 30 new "back offce" employees in Sidney, according to city manager Gary Person. Sidney is also home or a base of oper- ations for at least 12 major employers, including warehouse, trucking and rail operations, as well as a branch of the world's largest birdseed manufacturer, Pennington Seed, and now a branch of the Bell Lumber & Pole Company, America's largest utility pole manu- facturer. Some of these operations are housed at a 23,000-square-foot indus- trial park. Person also reports that $300 million worth of new community- benefting construction is underway. The industries have resulted in throngs of hungry workers, not to mention visiting business representa- tives and travelers taking time off from their drives along nearby I-80. So far, 28 restaurants and cafés are ready to accommodate them. Person notes that Sidney's popula- tion has grown almost 20 percent since 2000 to its current 7,500, but the infux of area day workers translates to a day- time number more like 15,000. "This refects a community much larger than (the population suggests)," he adds. M ore than 50 years ago, a young man in Nebraska advertised hand-tied fshing fies, 12 for a dollar, in a nearby newspaper. He got one bite. In an "if at frst you don't suc- ceed" mindset, Dick Cabela changed his modus operandi to a "FREE Introduc- tory Offer: fve for 25 cents" in national outdoor magazines. Soon, orders from across the country were jamming his mailbox. In each shipment, he mailed a mimeographed catalog of other items he and his wife, Mary, had added to their product line. His brother, Jim, joined in. Many American sports enthusiasts The annual Gold Rush Days celebrates Sidney's role in the rush to the Black Hills goldfelds in the late 1800's (above). The Cheyenne County Fair and Rodeo (left) entertains families each summer. Phtoos by Ramona Joycwe A growing Nebraska town Sidney, Nebraska Continued "When my doctor candidates come to visit, they can't believe how friendly everybody is. It's 'Leave it to Beaver' here, and at the same time it's progressive."

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