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Ord Alumni Weekend

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The Ord Alumni Committee has details out about the July 4th Alumni weekend festivities.  This brochure can give you the skinny; expect events, tours, a banquet and area lodging information on the form.  See you July 4th weekend!

Written by Caleb

April 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Posted in Rural Living

Ord High School Groundbreaking

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Ord High School

We have word that Ord Public Schools will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the high school renovation and new gym project this April 21st at 11am. For you non-Ord viewers, this is the result of a hard fought bond campaign last November.

You’re invited to celebrate this momentous occasion with us – see you at the school!

Written by Caleb

April 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Ord Little League

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The Loup Valley Jaycees are helping with Little League baseball this year and asked that we help distribute sign-up forms and rules.  Behold!  Each age group is listed below and the forms are downloadable for your little slugger.

T-ball sign-up sheet (.pdf)

Coach pitch sign-up sheet (.pdf)

Little League Pee Wees sign-up sheet (.pdf)
Pee Wee 2010 Rules (.pdf)

Pony baseball sign-up sheet (.pdf)
Pony 2010 rules (.pdf)

Written by Caleb

April 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Formal USDA Grant Award Announcement

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Here is our formal announcement for the USDA grant win we’ve mentioned a couple weeks ago.  We’ll be hosting a ribbon cutting 4/22 at 11am, with Senator Kate Sullivan, the LVRPPD Board of Directors and the Valley County Supervisors in attendance.  We’re hoping Maxine Moul (the Nebraska state director of USDA – Rural Development) will be able to attend as well.  I hope you can join us!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

Chuck Fuhrer
Loup Valleys Rural Public Power
606 S Street
Ord, NE  68862
(308) 728-3633
cfuhrer@frontiernet.net

USDA grant won by Loup Valleys RPPD and Valley County

(Ord, NE) – The Loup Valley Area has won a $300,000 grant award to establish a revolving economic development loan fund for the LVRPPD service area.  The initial funds will be loaned to Valley County to assist in the renovation of the Valley County Courthouse. Installation of an elevator, fire exit stairway, fire sprinkler system and an upgrade to the fire alarm system will bring enhanced safety to Courthouse occupants.

The funding being provided is from the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, administered by USDA Rural Development. The program provides interest free loans and grants to local utilities that re-lend money to local businesses for projects that will create and retain jobs in rural areas.

Funds from the grant will be repaid from Valley County over the course of ten years, with repayment formalizing another economic development fund for region-wide benefit.  Communities and businesses within the Loup Valleys RPPD service area interested in details of the program can contact Chuck Fuhrer at (308) 728-3633.

A formal announcement and ribbon cutting with the LVRPPD Board of Directors, Valley County Supervisors, Senator Kate Sullivan and other state dignitaries will be held Thursday, April 22nd at 11:00 am on the steps of the Valley County Courthouse.

Written by Caleb

April 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Monthly report now available

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Our monthly report is now available.  We have a recap on the USDA grant award, upcoming area events, awesome sales tax collection figures and much more.  Have a look here.

Written by Caleb

April 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

National effort recognizes local business

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Brad and Gina Babb with Gene Rahn of REAP

Waaay back in October, we mentioned that Brad and Gina Babb of Sandhills Glass and Garage Doors were recognized by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity as an exemplary model for their use of microfinance to grow their business.

AEO recently released the the first of five videos that showcases national microenterprise success stories; Brad and Gina are one of the four businesses included in the video series.  Check it out here.  (Scroll down the main page and click away on the video.)

This is yet another case of fantastic recognition for all the amazing things going on in Ord and the surrounding areas.  Brad and Gina have been great supporters of economic development and recipients of assistance from our local economic development loan fund.  Put simply, microenterprise works in rural America.  It’s nice to see a national organization that agrees with us.

A needed hat tip goes out to Jeff Reynolds at REAP, and Gene Rahn for working with Brad, Gina and myself in developing a plan to make Sandhills Glass and Garage Doors a rural success story.

Congrats Brad and Gina!

Written by Caleb

April 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Loup Valley Soapbox Rally

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Father’s Day weekend (June 19) is a big weekend in Ord with the Father’s Day Rod Run in town.  It’s about to get even more epic with the Loup Valley Soapbox Rally.  Photos of the event can be see here – we had a great turnout and great kids participate in last year’s event.  What was evident last year was the parental glee in racing the soapbox cars after the kids were finished.  So…we opened up an adult division this year.  You can download the rules, regs and registration form here.  You can follow the event on Facebook here.

Spread the word – we’ll see you Father’s Day weekend.

Written by Caleb

April 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Rural Living