How is Sidney, Nebraska Dealing with Bass Pro’s Acquisition?

SIDNEY, NE— The town of 6,800 sits just north of the Colorado border. It’s the kind of place like many rural towns scattered across America, ones where tackle stores and local economies are reeling on the heels of population shifts and changing workforce demands. Yet for the last few decades, while many American small towns have been shrinking, Sidney has held out. Its median income of $54,000 per year is more than $24,000 more than the average Nebraska household. But as Bass Pro Shops’ acquisition of Cabela’s looms, Sidney faces uncertainty for the jobs of 2,000 citizens.

And as Net Nebraska reports this week, that uncertainty has locals on edge.

“They thought this would be their forever home,” reads the report. “So this is a life changer. The die is not cast, but it has created anxiety and stress.”

The full story, focusing on small town development and perseverance in the face of major employment loss, is available via Net Nebraska.