Exploring Northeast Nebraska

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Nebraska Elk                              Photo Credit Thomas Wilmer
Deb Loseke

A journey of discovery of Northeastern Nebraska, featured on the NPR.ORG Podcast site, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Join Deb Loseke, Director of the Columbus Nebraska Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau as she shares her insights in to why Columbus’s economic vitality is leading the pack in the Midwest.

Kim Bean COO Tasty Toppings Columbus, Nebraska

We’ll also chat with Kim Bean COO of Columbus based Tasty Toppings, manufacturers of the Midwest’s longtime favorite and revered Dorothy Lynch French salad dressing. The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously, until the midst of the Great Depression. Nancy Carlson Curator at the US Indian School Interpretive Center in Genoa, Nebraska talks about the boarding school’s history.Indian school2

Donna Herrick
Kara Weander-Gaster

Next up is a visit to Norfolk, Nebraska’s 9th largest city is affectionately known by locals as the Capital of Northeast Nebraska. We’ll visit with Kara Weander-Gaster, Executive Director of the Norfolk Arts Center. And then it’s on to the Norfolk Lodge & Suites, owned and managed by an incredible woman, Donna Herrick.


Kim Kwapnioski

Johnnyh CarsonNorfolk is the town where Johnny Carson grew up and performed his first magic shows for the locals before pushing on to fame and Fortune as the most revered 20th century talk show host. Kim Kwapniosiki, Director of the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau shares her passion for the town that annually hosts the Johnny Carson Comedy Festival the 3rd week in June. Listen to the full show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel podcast show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Check out this episode!