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How a 101-year-old linked to Willa Cather helped alter a small town's future

JARROD McCARTNEY

RED CLOUD - It's not unusual to catch sight of a celebrity in Red Cloud, population 962, especially during the annual Willa Cather conference.

First Lady Laura Bush has appeared here. So has writer Maya Angelou, Golden Globe-winning actor Paul Giamatti and a drumbeat of talk show hosts, TV stars, novelists and artists.

And yet a tiny, energetic, elderly woman often stole the celebrity spotlight, holding court about the life and times of Nebraska's famed novelist.

Antonette Willa Skupa Turner - Toni, to her friends - lived most of her long life in Bladen, an even smaller town d...

 

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