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Name: Kelly Larson
Date registered: March 6, 2015

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  1. Volunteers help make new Lincoln Elementary School playground equipment a reality — April 18, 2017
  2. 181 Ag Supply receives funding for business development — April 17, 2017
  3. Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant opens in downtown Lincoln — March 28, 2017
  4. New wayfinding signs installed in Lincoln — March 24, 2017
  5. Student Intern for USD 298 — March 10, 2017

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Volunteers help make new Lincoln Elementary School playground equipment a reality

Recess is a little more fun for students at Lincoln Elementary after volunteers unveiled new playground equipment. | Photo credit: John Baetz

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181 Ag Supply receives funding for business development

181 Ag Supply, based in Sylvan Grove, is among five recipients of the Kansas Department of Commerce JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur Program.

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Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant opens in downtown Lincoln

The Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant opened its doors on March 1st bringing authentic flavors and family recipes, handed down from generation to generation, to the county. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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New wayfinding signs installed in Lincoln

Six new wayfinding signs have popped up in Lincoln to help visitors find their way around town | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Student Intern for USD 298

Background: Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., is accepting applications for this year’s student internship program, which runs from May 30 through August 4. Through this program, the organization will match more than 30 high school and college students with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for paid internships. Students age 16 and …

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Community support has kept hospital flourishing for 65 years

As the Lincoln County Hospital celebrates more than six decades of caring for county residents, locals are still championing efforts to have a state-of-the-art medical facility in their community. | Photo credit: Fernando Rojas

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Agronomist

Crop Service Center, Inc., an agricultural fertilizer, crop protection and custom application retail facility in Beverly, Kansas, is seeking an Agronomy Salesperson. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Make sales calls to promote the proper use of crop protection products and services, make fertility and pesticide recommendations as needed, and build long term relationships …

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Historic preservation is economic development

A key to being successful in economic development is figuring out what makes us unique and capitalizing on it. We live in a beautiful part of the state with one of our most noteworthy features being our limestone buildings, fence rows, and structures. These are huge assets for us we can use to grow our economy.

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Effort begins to preserve buildings in Denmark

Work is underway in Denmark, Kansas, to preserve the buildings representing the community’s early history and Danish heritage. | Photo credit: Jennifer McDaniel

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Between Friends: Conversations evolve into clothing boutique

Best friends Haley Richards and Mandy Burger long-considered the idea of opening their own clothing boutique, but hadn’t pursued it until now. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

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An economic look back at 2016

A look back at this year’s economic activity in our little corner of the world.

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County needs daycare providers

First published in the Lincoln Sentinel, September 29, 2016 One thing abundantly clear is that we need more daycare providers in the county.  Our need seems to be reaching a critical level with stressors coming from two different directions.  One direction is from the decreased number of daycare options available.  In all of Lincoln County, …

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Dolezal is new director of Lincoln County’s FSA office

Having worked for the Farm Service Agency in Russell since 1987, Dawn Dolezal has been hired as the new Executive Director of Lincoln County’s FSA office. | Courtesy photo

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US Tower begins work on expansion

Statewide economic development officials and local government leaders met with US Tower representatives in Lincoln to discuss the business’s expansion plans and to tour the facility.

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Paw Print offers students entrepreneurial education

A new program at Lincoln High School is not only giving students a chance to gain real-world experience, but an opportunity to pay it forward. | Photo credit: Preston Howard

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Post Rock Community Foundation awards grants to local non-profits

Nearly $78,000 in grant funding was awarded to a dozen local non-profit organizations during the Post Rock Community Foundation’s fall grant reception. | Photo credit: Rita Sharp, Lucas-Sylvan News

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On target – Local competitions, training help long-range shooters hone their skills

For the shooting enthusiast, there’s nothing more exciting than hitting a target from a distance of more than five football fields away. At businesses like Spearpoint Ranch north of Lincoln, shooters have the opportunity to practice and hone their skills to make each shot. | Photo courtesy Spearpoint Ranch

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Open House welcomes Nurse Practitioner

After living in Florida for a number of years, Andrea Rinaldo is enjoying the slower pace of a rural community and her new position as Nurse Practitioner at the Lincoln County Hospital. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

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Needed rains restore Wilson Lake

A surge of moisture across the area in September filled Wilson Reservoir and other area lakes which only months earlier were dealing with the grim effects of a persistent drought. | Photo credit: Ryan Breeze

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Lincoln County Leadership kicks off the 2016-17 program

The 2016-17 Leadership Lincoln County class kicked off with 11 participants from various parts of the county.

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Busy as bees

On a still and quiet day, you can hear the sound of thousands of bees. All working, coming from and going to stacks of white boxes — all labeled Labertew Apiaries, Sylvan Grove, KS. | Photo credit: Nick Schwien, Hays Daily News

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Reclaimed items give new Lincoln floral and gift shop a ‘Rustic’ feel

Though the bones forming the framework of the new Rustic Floral and Gifts building are new, many of the elements Lincoln business owner Angela O’Bannon incorporated into the shop’s interior design are not. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Post Rock Festival in Lincoln is Labor Day weekend

Set to the theme, “Just Can’t Hide That Hometown Pride,” the annual Post Rock Festival in Lincoln takes place during Labor Day weekend, filling an entire day with activities, competition, food and entertainment. | Photo credit: Lincoln Sentinel

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New press box installed at Lincoln High School’s Mettner Field

A new press box is in place at Lincoln High School’s Mettner Field just in time for the Leopards’ upcoming football season. | Photo credit: Jason Curtis

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Lutheran churches to celebrate 135th

The St. John and Bethlehem Lutheran churches in Lincoln and Sylvan Grove celebrated a milestone as both houses of worship observed their 135th anniversaries with special events and activities. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

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Building under Renovation – For Lease or For Sale

This historic building in downtown Lincoln is in the process of a complete renovation. The first floor is perfect for a retail or restaurant business and the second floor is ideal for an upper floor loft apartment. Call now, the floor plan can still be modified to suit your needs!

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First Impressions

First published in the Lincoln Sentinel August 4, 2016 As the saying goes, ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’ and that chance usually takes just a couple seconds and that impression usually lasts a very long time. Lincoln County has a lot of houses on the market right now, some of …

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Childcare Providers

Lincoln County has a shortage of daycare providers creating a perfect opportunity for an entrepreneur to start their own business!

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Contractors for Housing Projects

There is a shortage of housing and HVAC contractors in Lincoln County and the surrounding counties providing an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneur(s) with the right skills to start a business.

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Live Lincoln County magazine released

After months of work, the new Live Lincoln County magazine is available in both print and online digital publication formats.

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Triple H Outfitters: Our Story

Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery is one of Lincoln County’s newest businesses offering a variety of archery, muzzleloader, rifle, or shotgun hunts. All hunts are all-inclusive, with lodging, meals, field transportation, and came care included. | Courtesy photo

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2016 Leadership Lincoln County

The 2016 Leadership Lincoln County class graduated during a ceremony Thursday evening, April 21, at the Finch Theatre. The evening included a dinner, project presentations by the class members, and a speaker Jonathan Mitchell, the Hoisington City Manager.

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Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery opens just in time for spring

Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery opens just in time for spring offering flowering annual and perennial varieties, vegetables, trees and shrubs

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Live Healthy Lincoln County coalition needs your feedback

(First published in the April 14, 2016, Lincoln Sentinel) Back in January there was an article in the newspaper about a new coalition, Live Healthy Lincoln County, forming to develop and implement projects geared towards improving the county’s overall health and wellness. From the beginning, I have been excited about this group.  Everyone is motived, …

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Clay hired as new Recreation Director

After a short absence in Lincoln’s recreation department, officials have hired Jessica Clay as the new director just as the summer sports season is gearing up.

Earlier this month, the Lincoln Recreation Commission hired Jessica Clay to replace Sarah Hageman, who resigned in January. Clay is the third director in the department’s eight-year history.

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Biggs takes over as Parents as Teachers educator

Krista Biggs, a Lincoln native and 2008 Lincoln High School graduate, will begin a new career path as the Parents As Teachers educator for the Lincoln and Sylvan-Grove school districts beginning in April.

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Lincoln Alumni schedule released

Lincoln’s 2016 Alumni Weekend has a packed schedule of events including live music, 5k walk/run, golf tournament, alumni mixer, wine and cheese reception and tour

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Local farmer pitches “Have goats, will travel”

A local farmer uses her munch-happy goats to start a new business. Barnyard Weed Warriors provides a natural way to remove overgrown brush, pesky weeds, and even poisonous plants from parks, trails, and hard-to-reach areas.

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LiveLincolnCounty.com named best website by KPA

The LiveLincolnCounty.com website has won an Award of Excellence from the Kansas Press Association . The Lincoln Sentinel earned the Best Newspaper Website in the Nondaily Division I category for its collaboration with the county economic development’s travel and tourism taskforce and the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Work begins on Sylvan depot foundation

This past month a new concrete foundation was poured for the Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Railroad Depot, replacing the crumbling underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County.

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Are you eligible for development incentives?

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel on March 3, 2016 There are several different business and property development incentives that have been in the county for a number of years. Because they came along before I began working at the economic development foundation, I am unsure if these programs are common knowledge, buried deep in …

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Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove awarded grant

Nearly $10,000 in funding has been awarded to the Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove to support portions of a much larger restoration effort | Photo by Kelly Larson

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Metz returns after years spent chasing his dreams abroad

Metz returns to Lincoln after years spent in Samoa serving in the Peace Corps and working in the tourism industry. (Courtesy photo)

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Rustic Floral & Gifts now open in Lincoln

Angela O’Bannon recently opened Rustic Floral and Gifts in downtown Lincoln. | Photo by Becky Rathbun, Lincoln Sentinel

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Economic stats for 2015

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in December 31, 2015 With the end of another year comes another economic development ‘year-end review’ for the county. Last year I wrapped up the review with a quote from Thomas Edison, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I firmly …

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Utilizing the new countywide website

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in November, 2015 Over the past year, a small group of amazing and wonderful and I-can’t-sing-their-praises-enough volunteers have spent countless hours creating a new countywide website. And after all the hard work, the switch has been flipped and www.LiveLincolnCounty.com is finally here! Life just got a little easier for …

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Countywide strategic planning session – one year later

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in September, 2015 It’s been a year (almost) since the Countywide Strategic Planning Session was held to develop priorities for the future of the county so I thought this would be a good time to do a quick update on some progress. 1) Recruit a veterinarian to the county …

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Going against others ‘better judgement’

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in July, 2015 I have a story. It’s a good story. It’s the kind of story locals like to hear but for some reason are rarely told. But it’s also the kind of story that frequently goes against our better judgement and often times proves us wrong. It’s not …

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Opportunity awaits for you here

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in May 2015 As I looked through the recent Class of 2015 section of the Lincoln Sentinel and read each graduate’s future plans, I couldn’t help but think about the amazing amount of opportunity that lies in front of each one of them. I don’t just mean the abstract …

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Recruiting a veterinarian

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in January, 2015 As some of you may have heard, the LCEDF is looking into recruiting a veterinarian to Lincoln County, one of the top goals identified during the Countywide Strategic Planning session held this past fall. A large group, ranging from cattlemen to pet owners, has met to …

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