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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!

See the progress being made in Red Cloud during the Downtown Revitalization tour on November 14th. 

Work on several downtown buildings is progressing throughout town. It is exciting to imagine what downtown will look like once their restoration is complete and once work on downtown roads and infrastructure is also completed. On November 14th, tour participants will get to tour buildings in various stages of progress as some are near completion while others will soon start construction. Come dream about the future of Red Cloud with the Red Cloud Community Fund and learn more about plans for these buildings by purchasing a ticket at Hometown Market, On the Brix, and the National Willa Cather Center or from Red Cloud Community Fund members Danny Benge, Jarrod McCartney, Dennis & Sally Hansen, and Ashley Olson. You can also purchase tickets from Evenbrite by clicking on the button below--fees will apply to tickets purchased online. 

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Kyle Klein named 2021 winner of the Andrus Award for Community Service by AARP Nebraska 

Kyle Klein of Red Cloud is the 2021 recipient of AARP Nebraska’s most prestigious volunteer award to people age 50 and over. The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes Klein for his extraordinary record of service and the lasting impact he has made on the lives of others in his community.

As part of the award, AARP Nebraska will give the Webster County Community Hospital and the Red Cloud Senior Center each a donation for $1,250 on behalf of Klein, who designated the nonprofits as his charities of choice.

Klein is pictured above working as a volunteer in the the Repeat Street Thrift Store. Klein responded to the community's desire for a thrift shop by convincing the Webster County Community Hospital that is was a worthy endeavor for them to oversee. Klein is a member of the Red Cloud Community Fund, the Lions Club, the Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, and several other community organizations. For more details on what landed Klein the award, please read this article by AARP Nebraska.  

Red Cloud Community Fund Raises $23,450 to address the immediate needs of community projects, shifts focus to year-end fundraising efforts. 

The Red Cloud Community Fund exceeded its goal of raising $20K for the community during its 2nd annual September Month of Giving event. In total, the group raised $23,450 which easily outdistanced the 2020 total of $15,250. Contributions from the Gottsch Cattle Company, Kenny's Hardware & Home Center, The M Guest House, Red Cloud Animal Health, GTA Insurance Group, C&D Service Center, Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce, the Willa Cather Foundation, South Central State Bank, Garwood & McCracken Attorneys, The Corner Nook, On the Brix, Heritage Bank, Petsch Electric and a number of individual donors allowed RCCF to exceed its goal. The money will go to the City of Red Cloud (Ballfields, Recreation Trail, and Historic Preservation Commission), The Valley Child Development Center, and RCCF's own Hotel Garber, Heritage Tourism, and Youth FAC funds. 

Supporting the recreation trail will help ensure Phase I of the project, which would connect the elementary school to TVCDC gets completed soon (and make for a safer walk for children going between the two facilities). Supporting the Ballfields Project will help the Red Cloud Athletic Association improve the crow's nest, create a new concession stand and bathrooms, and improve the existing concession stand building for storage and an umpire's room. Support of the Hotel Garber/SCSB Challenge will help the Red Cloud Hotel, LLC meet its goal of raising $25,000 to receiving matching funds from South Central State Bank. Support of the other projects means that those projects can do more for the community. Undesignated funds will be granted by RCCF to one of the causes listed above before the end of the year. 

With 2021 winding down, RCCF will soon send out its year end request for donations. There are many ways to donate to RCCF that are tax advantaged, including donating the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA if you are over 70.5. If you don't anticipate your charitable donations exceeding the standard deduction this year, remember that you can deduct $300 from your taxable income this year for charitable donations due to special rules in effect related to the COVID pandemic. Contact RCCF Chair Jarrod McCartney or any committee member (Danny Benge, Dennis Hansen, Stacie Heldt, Ashley Armstrong, Ashley Olson, Kim Ely, Kory McCracken, Miles McDole, Adam Vetter, Kyle Klein, or Jay Yost) to learn more or make a donation. 
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The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Halloween Parade was held on Friday, Oct. 29th and was a huge success with at least 160 children participating. Parents reported that their children found the treats businesses handed out "simply irresistible" and that they "might as well face it" their children are "addicted to sugar."  While some like it hot, most participants were pleased with the mild fall weather. Organizers wanted to bang a gong because they were so happy with turnout.  

Red Cloud loses heartbreaker to Pawnee City in first round of D-6 football playoffs

Red Cloud football's remarkable transformation under head coach Jason Heldt continued in 2021, with buzz of a possible state championship in the air as the Warriors dashed to an 8-0 regular season and a #3 seed in the D-6 state football playoffs. Despite a strong start and that resulted in a 38-18 halftime lead, Red Cloud was defeated 54-46. Pawnee City outscored the Warriors 36-6 in the second half and the #14 seed scored the winning touchdown with 8 seconds remaining in the game.

While the season ended in heartbreaking disappointment, the RC team and its outgoing Senior class have nothing to hang their heads about. As Heldt told the Hastings Tribune, "“I think they have won 27 games in their careers. They came in as freshman and we hadn’t won a game in two years and they did everything they were suppose to do. They got into the weight room and got bigger, faster, stronger and it shown. They did everything they were asked.”

The two teams had played just two weeks prior, with Red Cloud emerging victorious 41-32. 

Click here for more details about the game from the Hastings Tribune. 

Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Launches, Red Cloud part of initial cohort 

A new statewide initiative known as Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems is strengthening six Greater Nebraska hometowns. The three-year community-building experience will work to bolster entrepreneurial ecosystems in Valley County, Holt County, Keith County, Sidney, Red Cloud and McCook through extensive training, education and peer learning opportunities.

Through the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Nebraska Community Foundation, NetWork Kansas and Valley County Economic Development worked closely to design and launch the Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (E3) program. While six communities form the initial E3 cohort, participating local leaders and entrepreneurs will each be asked to reach out to neighboring hometowns to join the effort, resulting in a total of 20 Greater Nebraska communities that will forge new connections to resources, training and peer networking and ultimately boost local prosperity.

Red Cloud's recent foray into positive community development is paying off in several ways: an improving downtown, a high quality childcare center, and increasing recognition throughout the state and region as a hub for tourism and the arts among many other things. That activity was noticed by the Nebraska Community Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, and others as record was named to the initial cohort of communities participating in the Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems program. Red Cloud's inclusion on the list is particularly impressive given that it's by far the smallest community in the group. 

If you're an entrepreneur or someone who loves them, please consider joining the Red Cloud cohort. Contact Jarrod McCartney at 402-746-4065 or for more information. The Red Cloud group will begin meeting with local stakeholders on Dec. 1st to develop a vision for an entrepreneurial driven future for the community to support existing economic infrastructure built around agriculture and tourism. 

Click here for more information about E3! 

Red Cloud community Secures $813,000 in grants during October

The City of Red Cloud, the Willa Cather Foundation (WCF), and the Webster County Community Hospital all received grants during the month of October. 

On October 4, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced $87.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding to nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, retain and rehire workers, and reopen sites, facilities, and programs. The Willa Cather Foundation received $50,000 toward the ongoing tour development and digitizing efforts and also received mention in the New York Times

On October 20th the Webster County Community Hospital received $475,000 from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's (DED) Community Development Block Grant--Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding. According to the DED, "Funded renovations will expand the number of rooms available for long-term disease treatment, with structural and equipment upgrades to enable on-site COVID testing, resulting in reduced time-to-treatment and improved contact tracing efficiency." WCCH's application was one of 12 approved in the state. 

On October 27th the City of Red Cloud was one of 14 communities in the state that was awarded a Public Works CDBG grant. Coming in at $288,750, the grant will allow  The City to, "conduct a unique flood control drainage improvement project that includes rehabilitation and improvement of an established flood control dam (and emergency spillway) located one mile northwest of the city. The funding will help the city reduce flooding and meet the standards of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources." 

Red Cloud in the News
Becky Faber
November 4, 2021 
Go for Baroque
November 12, 2021 
Highball: Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute
December 14, 2021
49 Minutes of Fame
Nov. 5 to Dec. 14, 2021
Turkey Trot 5K 
November 20, 2021
Young at Art: Caldecott Winner Exhibit
Dec. 15, 2021 to Jan. 19, 2022
Shopping Extravaganza
November 23, 2021
Support local businesses this holiday season. The fun begins at 5:30pm on the 23rd. Lots of great items including from new downtown businesses like Silver Spur, Corner Nook, and Twisted Petal. You can even get the mug in the picture and other new RC gear at the Willa Cather Bookstore. More details about vendors and deals coming soon!  We also encourage to Shop Small during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27th and online on Cyber Monday, Nov. 29th. 
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Above: Luna Lovegood and an unnamed professor from Ravenclaw were spotted near what we can only assume is the Shrieking Shack on Halloween night. Hermione Granger and Harry Potter sightings were also reported. 

Below: New signage is up for Abundant Life Honey and Andrea Frey, CPA at the corner of 4th & Cedar. 

Have a great photo of Red Cloud from yesteryear or just a nice photo you think is worthy of publication? Don't hesitate to share it with us by sending an email to Thanks! 
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