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Inspired INTERIORS BEGIN HERE Kearney Location 5804W. 2nd Ave. • Kearney, NE 308-338-8110 • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM-5:30PM • Sat. 9:00AM-2:00PM COMING IN 2020 SHOWROOM EXPANSION RELOCATION OF OUR WAREHOUSE NEW PRODUCT LINES Kearney Hub Weekend March 21-22, 2020 Perfect Place Raising kids the impetus for Strong family’s Elm Creek home THE STRONGS used deep earthy colors on the exterior of their home. The garage can store two vehicles and a fishing boat. TOP PHOTO: The island in Shawna and Mike Strong’s kitchen has three seats for informal meals. A CLEVER wall hanging carries the distinctive shape of a framed “S.” ELM CREEK — Having grown up in a small Nebraska town, Shawna and Mike Strong wanted their three children to have the same experiences, so building a new house and moving from Kearney to Elm Creek came naturally for the natives of Eustis. “Our classmates, we went to school with them all the way from grade school through high school,” Mike said about the stability and predictability of growing up in a small town. Safety, convenience, involvement and independence — they’re also among the reasons the Strongs moved to Elm Creek, which has a population of almost 1,000. Many of the people who live in Elm Creek are like the Strongs — young parents whose focus is on raising their children. “We just knew we wanted to raise our written by Mike Konz photos by Erika Pritchard MIKE AND Shawna Strong’s three children are, from left, Allison, Braelynn and Carter. AT LEFT, Mike and Shawna Strong enjoy a large, comfortable king-size bed. HOW TO ensure harmony in the home? Paint the rules on a sign. CONTINUES ON PAGE 4C