Kelly Larson

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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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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. named best website by KPA

The 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.

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.

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

Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove

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

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)

Rustic Floral & Gifts now open in Lincoln

Angela O'Bannon has opened Rustic Floral and Gifts

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

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 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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Economic stats for 2014

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in December, 2014 Being that it’s the end of the year and I’ve just surpassed my 6-month anniversary on the job (how did that happen so fast?!), I had the very un-original idea of doing a ‘year-end review’ on economic development in the county. Over the past few years …

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Countywide priorities set for the coming year

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in November, 2014 There is a joke among the many economic development and community development directors out there about their title and job description. The joke is something like this: “What is your title? Executive Director. And what is your job description? Herd cats all day.” Although this is …

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What about Bob

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in October, 2014 Have you ever seen the movie “What About Bob?” If you have, then you’re bound to be wondering how the heck that movie could relate to economic development. It’s a silly movie with the plot being (according to Wikipedia) “Bob Wiley (played by Bill Murray) is …

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Countywide strategic planning meeting to gather public input

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in September, 2014 On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) will be hosting a Countywide Strategic Planning Session, from 6-9pm, at the Lincoln High School commons area to gather information, ideas, and feedback from the citizens on how best to improve our county. I …

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Being open to new ideas

First printed in the Lincoln Sentinel in August, 2014 I moved to Lincoln in June to begin a new life and career as the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) and thought it might be time to write an article for the newspaper and give you a few thoughts on economic …

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Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are available at the following locations: County Courthouse basement during regular business hours (8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.) Lincoln City Park (closed during the winter months)

Lincoln Sentinel

The Lincoln Sentinel is the official newspaper of Lincoln County and also provides coverage of activities and events served by the Lincoln Unified School District #298, the Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District #299, and the Twin Valley Unified School District #240.  They are located at 141 W Lincoln Ave in Lincoln, KS.  For additional information, please …

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Lucas-Sylvan News

The Lucas-Sylvan News covers primarily the Lucas, Sylvan Grove, and Luray areas.  It is located at 203 S. Main Street in Lucas, KS.  Phone number: (785) 525-6355

Jim Dickerman’s “Open Range Zoo”

Jim Dickerman is a local artist who has dotted the landscape with his creations made from just about anything including old farm equipment, car parts, scrap metal, animal bones and feathers, driftwood, limestone, and antlers.  You have to keep your eyes open and alert as creatures in his “Open Range Zoo” pop up in unexpected …

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Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for Lincoln & Sylvan Grove

Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Lincoln and Sylvan Grove, Kansas

The Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) program is intended to spur economic growth by providing a property tax rebate to property owners who make improvements to either their commercial or residential properties within the city limits of Lincoln or Sylvan Grove. The basic description of the program is listed below; however, please see the attachments for …

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Low-Interest Loan Funds

The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) administer’s two low-interest loan fund pools, one utilizing USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant funding and the other through Network Kansas’s E-Community program. The loan funds are used to support the creation or expansion of businesses within the county.  The loan program is designed to be used in conjunction …

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Business Revitalization Grants

The Business Revitalization Grant (BRG) program supports local businesses by assisting with physical exterior improvements and upgrades to existing commercial properties.

Rural Opportunity Zone

Rural Opportunity Zone Business Sponsorship Grants

Lincoln County is one of 77 counties in Kansas participating in the state’s Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program. The program provides financial incentives to recruit new full-time residents into rural counties. There are two types of ROZ programs with a brief description of each listed below.  An individual who qualifies for both incentives can receive …

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WEB Fund Grants

The Windpower Economic Benefit (WEB) Fund was created to support the interests, educational, social betterment and overall safety of Lincoln County communities, non-profits, and the local county government. The WEB Fund contributes to local projects with preference given to projects that identifies a distinct need, proposes a resourceful approach to address the need, and demonstrates …

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Other Sources of Financing and Incentives

There are many other sources of financing and incentives that can be made available to businesses, organizations, and individuals depending on their needs. The most common options are listed below; however, please contact the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) office for more specifics as every need is unique. The LCEDF office is located at …

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) patrols over 720 sq miles and serves the communities of Barnard, Beverly, Lincoln and Sylvan Grove.  The LCSD encourages contact from the public with any information that will help create a safe environment for citizens, families, and businesses. For additional information on the LCSD, please call 785-524-4479 or visit …

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Lincoln County Public Transportation

Lincoln County Public Transportation (LCPT) provides transportation in and out of the county for medical, nutritional, business and pleasure purposes. The LCPT operates Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Regularly scheduled trips to Salina are on Monday afternoons and all day on Wednesdays.  Trips to Beloit, Ellsworth and Minneapolis are available upon advance …

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