Two Housing Nonprofits Launched

Although specific challenges and opportunities for housing may vary for communities across the region, most would agree that housing is an important issue to address.

The NCRPC has launched two new housing nonprofit organizations to help play a role in meeting the housing needs of communities in the region.

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Sense of Purpose Important in Advancing Rural Kansas

Viewpoint Column by Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director

Wow, unemployment is below 4 percent nationally and less than 3 percent in north central Kansas. That is near record lows. The overall number of persons in the workforce is not at record levels,

NCK-WiFi Continues to Expand Locations

A new NCK-WiFi hotspot was added this summer at the Jamestown city park/baseball fields — bringing the number of NCK-WiFi locations to 16 distributed throughout 7 cities. Plans are underway to continue expanding the network throughout North Central Kansas.

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Two Communities Awarded CDBG Special Funding for Pool Projects

Two communities in the region were recently awarded funding that will help them replace their city swimming pools.

The funding comes from the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

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Home Ownership Program Expands to Two More Counties

A program that seeks to make home ownership more affordable for eligible buyers purchasing a home in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties launched in June.

The two-county pilot project of the NCK Home Ownership Program assists home buyers by reducing the barriers of down payments and closing costs.


High Radon Levels an Issue in Some Homes

What is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States?

Radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil. It cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. Outside, radon is diluted to low concentrations and is not considered harmful.

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Assistance Available for Small Public Water Supply Systems

Small public water supply systems with populations of 150 or less may qualify for loan forgiveness of up to $500,000. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund established the new qualification for loan forgiveness earlier this year.

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Board Field Trip Focuses on Innovation, Responsiveness

Viewpoint Column by Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director

The invention of keeping mechanical parts held together was created in North Central Kansas 113 years ago. The hitch pin, the locking washer and the bushing were innovatively introduced by Guy Huyett when he created G.L.

Project Spotlight: Waterville Drainage

The City of Waterville, a town of approximately 680 people located in Marshall County, was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to make drainage improvements throughout the city. Although drainage systems are often overlooked by residents and visitors to a community,

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Ophthalmologist Expands Practice to New Salina Location

After renting office space for several years to see patients in Salina, Dr. V. Esther Rettig, M.D., P.A., has purchased a permanent Salina location.

Dr. Rettig is a Mayo Certified Ophthalmologist/Surgeon offering medical eye care, surgical eye care,