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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Hausmann Ready For New Adventure


Forrest Hershberger

Tourism Director Heather Hausmann displays brochures promoting area attractions. Hausmann is resigning as Cheyenne County Tourism Director. She and her family are moving to Colorado.

Cheyenne County's Tourism Director has only a few weeks before she pursues a new adventure in another location.

Heather Hausmann has spent her time in Sidney and Cheyenne County as a business owner, a part of the Chamber of Commerce and most recently the tourism director. Tourism director is a rather appropriate title for someone with the quiet international background she has. Some people spend their lives content in a neighborhood or familiar region. Others seem to be destined for seeking new places, even when they find stage stops they define as home.

Hausmann is one of those people.

Thinking back over the last 2-1/2years as Cheyenne County's tourism director, she recalls her international roots. Both parents were military. Her dad was from Buffalo, N.Y., and her mother was from Hawaii. She spent her early years in Spain. She doesn't remember her time in Spain, but it still part of who she is.

Later her mom married a guy from Peetz, Co., which introduced her to the Sidney community.

"I was blessed to have two great dads," she says.

She and her family moved to Sidney at the beginning of her eighth grade year.

"We came to Sidney a lot," she said. "I was excited to go to the Big City."

She graduated from Sidney High School, then enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard to be a field medic. Later she decided to go active duty as a flight medic. Her unit was often assigned as medical coverage for Green Beret and Airborne training. She said they can't do Airborne training without medical staff present.

She then returned to the Nebraska National Guard, resigning from her duties as a young mother prior to 911.

"I reached a point I was glad I did, but it was time for the next chapter," she said.

It was during her active duty assignment that she also developed an eye for photography which later developed into a career that has spanned more than 20 years.

In addition to the studio that still has her name, she worked at the Chamber of Commerce prior to being Tourism Director.

The office of Tourism Director is about learning on the job because it is a constant changing duty. The primary duty is to welcome visitors to the Cheyenne County area and to promote the region.

"I was not prepared at all for the opportunity I was given," she said.

In her 2-½ years, the value of community and the value of a supportive community was reinforced.

Her first experience as tourism director was meeting a Vietnamese couple traveling Nebraska. She said they were excited by the beauty of the area, so much so they insisted on a picture with Hausmann. She said there are months the Visitor Center records more than 1,000 guests.

"We make sure they (visitors) leave here with a smile," she said.

She calls the Visitor Committee a gem in Cheyenne County.

She said she and Nebraska State Certified Travel Counselor Warren McKnight are also excited by the number of people moving into Cheyenne County. She said Sidney and Cheyenne County's history is a point of interest.

"There's no reason Sidney can't be a destination point. We have all these things (sites, activities). We want people to enjoy these things," she said.

Her next adventure involves a developing relationship in her life. She met her fiancé through a high school friend in downtown Sidney. She says he loves Sidney, but business obligations keep him along the Front Range of Colorado.

She had three children. Her son is graduating from Sidney High School this spring with plans on enlisting in the military.

"Sidney will always be my home. This where my roots are," she said.


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