Okay I'm not sure how long this thread has been going, or what part of NE/SD you are in, but if its near the Sioux City area, there is a outstanding photographer in Sioux City that owns a studio called Beckys portraits, she's usually willing to work with people on prices and what she offers etc. If you are in the Lincoln/Omaha area, there is a great friendly photographer that is going to do my engagement photos for a really good price. Her website is http://allenaim.blogspot.com
. She's been a breeze to work with. Otherwise, I recommend searching craigslist for a possibly private photographer in your area. Or like others said, try the unniversities or newspapers to see if a photography major or photojournalist would be willing to give it a shot.
Hope this helps