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(Neb)-State Tourism Director Town Hall Meeting Sun At High Plains Homestead  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/06/2018 10:38 AM
CRAWFORD - Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director John Ricks kicks off a week-long statewide tour celebrating Travel and Tourism Week tomorrow with a 3:00 town hall meeting at the most isolated of his 11 stops - High Plains Homestead and Drifters Cook Shack Northwest of Crawford.

      Owner Mike Kesselring, the first chairman of the Tourism Commission, is excited that Ricks is holding town halls in all parts of the state and chose High Plains even though it's 16 miles out of town, most of it over unpaved roads that were improved recently by Dawes County.

Ricks says he's eager to use the town hall sessions to deliver an update on tourism, celebrate the successes of Nebraska's 3rd-largest industry, and hear concerns and suggestions from all regions of the state. That pleases Kesselring, who says while each region has its own strengths and weaknesses, they share many as well.

     Drifter's Cook Shack opened for the season on Tuesday and Kesselring says the restaurant will be open in conjunction with tomorrow's town hall meeting, but with Indian tacos the lone menu item.

     Ricks' tour will take him to Scottsbluff, Gering, and Chimney Rock on Monday before heading on to North Platte, Lexington, Kearney, Omaha, Bellevue, and Norfolk.


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