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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 decided to forge ahead with abatement…

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 used to move the cattle…

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 Economic Development Director in Red…

The Real Nebraska “Way.”

I so admire people like these, who go their own way avoiding and ignoring the “big” store mentality, dedicated much more to the spirit of the land they live on and the people who live there: “Homestead Country Store is a small, privately owned country store, featuring natural home raised: Beef steaks, roasts, and hamburger…

Photo Montage – All the Fun in 36 Hours

Photo Montage – All the Fun in 36 Hours

Where: Harry Strunk Reservoir near Cambridge When: A weekend in July Photographs by Shirley Butz Smiles, paddles, boats, fishing, cooking, exploring, resting, laughing, splashing! 36 Hours at Harry Strunk Lake near Cambridge, Nebraska, a playful landscape for creating fun, stories, and memories that will cultivate peace and hope far into the future. See more at…

The Country Store

On a visit to see her grand daughter in Houston, Texas, Angela Davis, our world traveler, writer and story teller discovered a country/corner store in their neighborhood that sparked memories of her own childhood in New Orleans and shopping at her neighborhood country/corner store. I too remember a Corner Stores in my small town in…

Bee with Us in Our Apiary

IMG_0349 Join Scott Monthey at our apiary in the Platte River Valley near Overton, NE. Scott is introducing 4 packages of spring bees to their new home in the apiary. Can you pick out the queen? See Scott’s video by clicking on img-0349 above: Videographer, Scott Monthey We purchased the spring bee packages from George…

The Worst and Most Irritating Pollution in the Sandhills.

Several times a day I experience the worst and most irritating pollution in the Sandhills – Union Pacific train horns. I live near a railway road crossing on the UP coal route and several times a day(and night) a train sounds its horn and destroys the natural serenity of the Sandhills. My crossing has crossing…

Is It Time To Rethink Funerals?

Is It Time to Rethink Funerals? The majestic landscape of the Sandhills and the impact of its natural beauty is captured in this quote: “It is no mere coincidence that our feelings about a place take on spiritual dimensions. An old rancher once told me he thought the lines in his hands had come directly…

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Garden-Ready Herbs, Vegetables and Strawberries at Schwarz Family Farms

Garden-Ready Herbs, Vegetables and Strawberries at Schwarz Family Farms

Becky and Alex Schwarz plant, grow and pot our favorite herbs, Heritage vegetables, and the sweetest strawberries on the planet. See these vivacious plants at most Nebraska Hy-Vee stores and purchase for your kitchen garden. The varieties are listed below and if  grown at Schwarz Family Farms, they are certified organic. Herbs and Garlic basil and…

Nebraska Wins Best in Drama

Nebraska Wins Best in Drama

If the Academy of Weather Watchers awarded a golden weather vane for Best Drama in the Sky, Nebraska would be in the top 10 every year. Nancy Gaarder, author of Nebraska Weather writes, “…the state’s wide open landscape provides the perfect stage for spectacular storms overhead and the sunset encores as the clouds pass.” (Gaarder…

Tales of Survival

When I was a kid, it occurred to me that I didn’t like it when animals got hurt. But, being from a rural area where animals are regularly raised for meat, sometimes animal death is unavoidable. But just because it was unavoidable didn’t mean I wasn’t going to try to save as many innocent baby…

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