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,


Strategic Plan Updated for Region

A multi-year strategic planning process that included collaboration among partners and stakeholders has resulted in the completion of the most recent strategic plan for the region.

The plan is formally known as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS for short.

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Two High School Seniors Win Rural Voices Youth Contest

Two high school seniors in North Central Kansas are being recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award for submitting the top entries in the 2018-2019 Rural Voices Youth Contest.

Students had the option to submit an original essay or video reflective of the contest theme — “Rural Kansas…My Community.” McKenzie Shippy,

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Communities to Receive Funding for Improvement Projects

Several NCRPC member cities were recently awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help complete a variety of community improvement projects. The CDBG program is administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The City of Assaria was awarded $433,840 to make water distribution improvements.

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New LMI Percentages Take Effect in April


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons (at least 51% LMI), prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.


NCK Home Ownership Pilot Program Had Positive Results

Home Ownership Program LogoHelping make home ownership more affordable was one goal of the NCK Home Ownership Pilot Program that assisted home buyers this past year in Cloud and Mitchell counties.

The program officially launched in April 2018.