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Greetings from Historic Red Cloud: Great Stories Grow Here! 

Set amid brick-lined streets, charming homes, historic buildings, and the immense beauty of the prairie, Red Cloud offers a glimpse into a storied American past while maintaining a progressive vision for the future. Great stories start in Red Cloud--add your own chapter today!

Hotel Garber Groundbreaking Ceremony

A standing-room only crowd of about 100 people gathered at the Potter Block (346 N. Webster Street, Red Cloud) on Friday, October 7, 2022, for a ceremonial groundbreaking. The event celebrated the recommencement of construction on the Potter Block building in downtown Red Cloud, which is being rehabilitated to become an event and lodging facility called Hotel Garber. While construction resumed earlier this summer, the ceremonial groundbreaking was an opportunity for the public to see the interior of the building before its transformation, preview updated architectural renderings, and hear about the project’s economic impact.


Red Cloud Football to Host 2nd Round D6 Playoff Game vs. Parkview Christian

The 4th seeded Warriors throttled the 13 seed Hampton Hawks 60-14 on Friday, October 28th in Red Cloud. With the victory, the Warriors move on to face Parkview Christian at 5pm on Friday, November 4th in Red Cloud. Should the Warriors emerge victorious they will face a rematch with either top seed Sumner-Eddyville-Miller or 8 seed Shelton on Nov. 11th. The 6 man State Championship game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18th in Kearney. Click here or on the photo to see highlights from the game from KSNB-Local 4. 


November 4 & 5 will be packed with things to do in Red Cloud; other news around town 

Red Cloud should be bustling with activity on November 4th & 5th as a variety of events will take place. On Friday the 4th, the Red Cloud Warriors will battle Parkview Christian at 5pm. After the game, be sure to checkout the Grand Opening of the Mark Dahle Art Gallery (formerly Shades West). On Saturday, Dahle will hold another Grand Opening from 11am-3pm while Back Alley Bicycles (BAB) will hold an open house from 1pm to 4pm. BAB is stocking a variety of Nebraska and locally produced items, such as Bakers Candies, Pacha Soap, and more--you will want to check it out and start making your holiday shopping lists ASAP! 

From 4pm to 8pm on Saturday, The Gathering Place (formerly the Elm Street Center) will host its inaugural Fall Harvest Festival with food and fun for the entire family. At 6pm there will be an artist reception for Sarah Rowe at the Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery. Finally, at 7pm, the nationally renowned recording artists Indigenous will play on the Opera House stage. 
In other news around town, Red Cloud was named one of the 7 Most Beautiful Cities in Nebraska by World Atlas. The Willa Cather Foundation is hiring a Program Associate and a Facilities & Preservation Specialist. Heritage Tourism Development Director Jarrod McCartney also discussed the "E3" project with Jon Vanderford from 10/11 News's Pure Nebraska program. Learn more about E3 in this video

Red Cloud Community Fund Raises $26,400 during September Month of Giving

The Red Cloud Community Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, raised $26,400 for local causes during the month of September thanks to generous donors and sponsors like Tru-Built Construction, Project Advocates, Schriner Farms, Gottsch Feedyards, Hometown Market, Petsch Electric, Red Cloud Animal Health, Heritage Bank, Kenny's Hardware & Home Center, South Central State Bank, Ely's Inc, McDole's Kitchen, Red Cloud Lions Club, B Green Lawn Care, Odyssey Restaurant, Back Alley Bicycles, and The M Guest House.

$13,150 was designated for Heritage Tourism Development, $5,000 for The Valley Child Development Center, $1,500 for the Red Cloud Ballfields, $1,500 for Health & Recreation, $1,300 for Hotel Garber, and $606 for the RCCF Youth Account. An additional $3,350 was raised and will be granted from RCCF's general account before the end of the year. Thank you to everyone who gave generously and thanks in advance to those giving year end donations. Although September has passed, you can still give to RCCF and local causes at the link in the button below. 

Donate to the Red Cloud Community Fund

Senator Deb Fischer visits Red Cloud, praises economic development efforts 

Heritage Tourism Development hosted United States Senator Deb Fischer and staff during her Main Street Nebraska tour on October 6, 2022. Several tourism related businesses were highlighted as were several downtown construction projects currently in development. Fischer pointed out that Red Cloud "is utilizing an entirely different approach to their local economy. Red Cloud is the home of the Willa Cather Center, which attracts visitors from around the country. This means that tourism is a crucial pillar of their economic development.

Walking down Main Street with local officials, I got to see all the great work the community has recently done to revitalize their downtown area, promote local small businesses, and attract new investments. Red Cloud recently began construction on a new boutique hotel, which should help serve additional tourists who make their way to the community to learn about Willa Cather and her incredible literary legacy." 


Hugo Basco and Marissa Hersh Named Homecoming King and Queen

The entire town of Red Cloud was full of school spirit at the end of September during Homecoming Week activities. That spirit has kept up as the Warrior football team makes its playoff run! This year's homecoming royal court pictured above L to R is: Olivia Horne, Brooks Armstrong, Marissa Hersh, Hugo Basic, Jaden Colburn, and Ben Ely with crownbearers Jerex Trew and Aella Mohlman. Hersh and Basco were named this year's Queen and King. Congratulations to everyone and Go Warriors! 
Red Cloud in the News



Lea Penman was born on October 4, 1895 in Red Cloud. She was an actress, known for We're No Angels (1955), Fancy Pants (1950) and The Romance of a Million Dollars (1926).  She was also in the original Broadway cast of Annie, Get Your Gun with Ethel Merman. (See Lea Penman's Filmography and more at!). 

November 5, 2022
Joel Starita
November 10, 2022
Museum Store Sunday
November 27, 2022
Sarah Rowe
November 5, 2022
Small Business Saturday
November 26, 2022
Paramount (80s Rock Night!)
December 9, 2022
14th Annual Shopping Extravaganza
November 22, 2022
Special evening business hours
Vendors located in the Red Cloud Opera House

5pm to 8pm 
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Red Cloud's streets were full of ghouls and goblins during the annual Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade on October 28th and on Halloween night itself. Around 150 kids joined the parade on Friday afternoon. The Webster County Clinic reported approximately 120 visitors on Halloween night. Juan's Bar & Grill and On the Brix also hosted Halloween events on Oct. 29th. 
On October 31st, Twisted Petal Too announced that it is expanding beyond being a flower shop and is now also a cafe and bakery. To go breakfast items and pastries will be served all every day and the store is now open from 7am to 5pm M-F! It will be a full service bakery as well, so don't forget to shop local when you need special orders for cakes and cupcakes and other baked goods. Call the store at 785) 282-6579 or visit (309 N. Webster) to learn more. 
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Do you enjoy these newsletters? Do you support the downtown development work going on in Red Cloud? This newsletter and much of the work going on would not be possible without the efforts of the Heritage Tourism Development Office. In order to be sustainable and maintain the high quality of work being preformed by the office, we need your support. Please consider making a donation to help us ensure that Red Cloud can continue on its way to being one of the best small towns in America! 

Click here or on the logo to read Heritage Tourism Development Director Jarrod McCartney's latest Red Cloud Chief column. Click here to read the October 5th, 2022 column. 
Donate to Heritage Tourism via the Red Cloud Community Fund
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