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Potter Block Hotel Project in Red Cloud

A version of this blog originally appeared in the Editorial page of the Red Cloud Chief on Sept. 20th, 2017: The Heritage Tourism Advisory Committee (HTAC) in Red Cloud has selected the Potter Block (aka Brenda’s Shoppe) as the ideal site for a new downtown hotel. Recently, our group…

Rural Exercising II

Ahhh—Spring is in the air in Nebraska. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, the trees are budding. Love is in the air, and so is the rain and wind, wind, and more wind. Oh, the life of the outdoor enthusiast is never easy. Even so, after several months…

Grasping the Nettle

To my eyes, weary from winter, this soup is the greenest thing ever seen. A shocking jolt of green! As I ladle soup into a white bowl, the backs of my hands smart. I recall yesterday’s walk with friends, searching for morels along the bottomlands of the Platte. Last…

Rural Exercising

It is 5:30 AM and thirty sweating bodies are in a hot gym competing on teams for Boot Camp. Tanya, the instructor, calls out “bear crawl” and the lead person in each line goes down on all fours and lurches down the gym floor to the end, slapping hands…

A Nebraska Moment

A Nebraska Moment A week ago today I was returning to my place after an errand run to North Platte. The last ten miles of my homeward journey are on county roads. Heading down that county road I encountered a herd of cattle being moved. The road itself was being…

Trucker’s Chapel

I’m in the parking lot of a truck stop in York Nebraska looking at a semi-trailer detached from its tractor unit and set down on its landing gear. TRUCKERS CHAPEL, the letters on the side of the trailer say. Steps lead up to a broad front porch with…

Greetings from Red Cloud

There are lots of great things happening in Red Cloud and I am excited to use this space to let you know a little bit about all we have going on. For now, just let me introduce myself: My name is Jarrod McCartney and I am the Heritage Tourism and…

Prairie Feminists Awaken!

“The Awakening”: Suffragette beckons women in the east who can’t yet vote. Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-USZC2-1206, 3b49106 A Grandmother in Omaha trims the wick of her oil lamp and settles down to make a rag rug which will be sold to raise money for…

A Stranger In A Strange Land

Limon, Colorado is a friendly place set down in a wide loneliness. From the Spanish word for lemon, limón. But pronounced Lie-man, in this town. Were there fragrant groves, the bare arms of women reaching up? If so, no longer. The main employer, now, is a mixed custody…

A Maker’s Delight – Rye Bread and Aronia Berry Jelly

A Maker’s Delight – Rye Bread and Aronia Berry Jelly

Bronze and mahogany leaves twist off their stems and flutter down to remind the grass that the season turns, and it too will turn from soft and green to a brittle brown. A brilliant autumn day in October, and I’m inside looking out from my kitchen window thinking…

TIME TO STORE SUMMER AWAY by Patty Abrahamson

TIME TO STORE SUMMER AWAY by Patty Abrahamson

  A ride in the county in a late afternoon, My Honey beside me relaxed to a tune. A farmer’s tradition we’ve always held dear, We’re checking the crops—Autumn is here.   Stop the car!—turn off that noise–let’s revel in today. Wrapped…

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