Kelly Larson

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Seeking bids for Roof, Floor and Basement

The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) is accepting sealed bids for the following work to be completed on a vacant property located at 127 W Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln, KS. Current photos are provided in the following attachment: LCEDF Seeking Bids 7-14-20 1) Roof – Remove and replace all damaged/rotted roof trusses, remove and …

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Downtown Lincoln listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Lincoln’s downtown commercial district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 1, 2020. The district’s buildings date from between 1881 to 2001 with two-thirds of them being built by or before 1920. 

Childcare Providers

Needed: Daycare providers!

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

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.

Lincoln’s City Park listed in the National Register of Historic Places

A survey of Lincoln’s City Park has been completed to determine if the area would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to the City to help maintain and improve the park.

Historic Survey of Downtown Sylvan Grove

A survey of downtown Sylvan Grove has been completed to determine if the overall downtown district (and/or individual properties within it) would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to property owners to help maintain and improve their properties.

Free Lots (Residential) – Lincoln, KS

Free lots for development in Lincoln, Kansas

The City of Lincoln is offering free build-ready lots to individuals and families interested in moving to the community and/or building a new home. The lots are available in a residential development (complete with streets, water, sewer, etc) within the city limits and located just a few blocks from the high school, hospital, football field, …

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Countywide “Healthy Living Master Plan” created by Strategic Doing committee

Healthy Living Master Plan

Through the Lincoln County Strategic Doing process, and with financial support from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Post Rock Community Foundation, a countywide “Healthy Living Master Plan” was developed by a group of volunteers to help move several priority projects forward.

Walk Kansas

Walk Kansas is organized by the K-State Research & Extension’s Post Rock District. It is an 8-week team-based program focused on improving overall health. Groups of six form a team, with one serving as the captain. Teams can be family, coworkers, friends, community organization members, neighbors, or part of a faith-based community. Team members do …

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Farm Food Policy Council

The Live Healthy Lincoln County Coalition is a member of the North Central Kansas Food Council promoting an approach to enhance quality of life for all residents in a 12-county region through sustainable access to regionally produced food options, economic opportunity, and educational resources. More information is available at: Follow the NCKFC on facebook: …

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Concept for walking trail in Barnard

A summer intern, working with the City of Barnard and local citizens, developed a concept for a walking trail that included utilizing the levee surrounding the community for the path, adding benches and lighting and signage marking access points.

A summer intern, working with the City of Barnard and local citizens, developed a concept for a walking trail that included utilizing the levee surrounding the community for the path, adding benches and lighting and signage marking access points.

Proposed improvements to Lincoln’s city park

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion regarding desired improvements to Lincoln’s WPA-era city park. Through various opportunities to provide input, a summer intern has developed a conceptual plan for the park.

Stop and Shop celebrates 50 years

stop shop

After 50 years, the VFW Auxiliary’s all-volunteer Stop and Shop store is still donating profits back into the community to support local charitable projects and the country’s veterans. | Courtesy Photo

Redevelopment of the former Lincoln High School

Since 1922, the former Lincoln High School has stood as a cornerstone of the community at the south end of 4th Street. Although it has largely sat vacant since the last class graduated from it in 1996, a group of local citizens organized the 1922 Foundation, a non-profit 501c(3), to purchase the building and work towards redeveloping the building into a new use.

Up a creek, with a paddle: Hell Creek Watersports


A chance meeting turns a dream into a reality when a watersports enthusiasts and a bait and supply shop owner join forces to start Hell Creek Watersports, a kayak, canoe and paddleboard equipment rental business | Photo credit: Jolie Green, Hays Daily News

Lincoln Farm Supply adds new product line

While Lincoln County producers had the chance to get an up-close and personal look at a new line of agricultural equipment recently, a local business hopes the introduction will be the start of a beneficial partnership. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

Hayworth at home as massage therapist

As a student-athlete at Lincoln High School, Tori Hayworth often pulled or strained a muscle. But those injuries, Hayworth thought, were just the price she paid to play the game. And after a while, she learned to work through the pain. Years later, as a certified massage therapist, Hayworth wishes she would’ve known the benefits …

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Summer interns tackling improvement projects

When Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design student Mason Herrman first considered his options for a summer internship, he initially thought about applying with architectural firms in cities with populations of more than a half-million people. But after learning about an internship opportunity through his university, he decided to apply. Like Herrman, Landon …

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Volunteers roll out red carpet for Biking Across Kansas participants

BAK on the AVE

Biking Across Kansas participants made their way to Lincoln on June 13, 2017, for an overnight stop over as they traverse the state. Volunteers welcomed the visitors to Lincoln with music, food, activities and a shuttle service to help participants explore the community. | Photo by Jennifer McDaniel)

Nearly a year later, the Boyds are at home at Lincoln Community Church


The Rev. Adam Boyd was looking for an opportunity to serve as a full-time pastor when he found an online job posting for a flourishing church congregation in north-central Kansas. There was something about the opening that spoke to the young pastor, and so he decided to inquire further. Soon, things just fell into place. …

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Historical society and museum hires new director

Bud DeArvil

The Lincoln County Museum sees a change in leadership as one director retires and a new one is hired.

Barnard Post Office celebrates 135 years

Barnard post office

The Barnard Post Office celebrated 135 years since it was established on May 18, 1882.

Preserving Lincoln – Crispins receive Advocacy Award for Excellence

Advocacy award

The Kansas Preservation Alliance awarded Jack and Kathie Crispin a 2017 Advocacy Award for Excellence for the rehabilitation of the Cummins Block Building in downtown Lincoln and for their work of promoting and preserving history through their museums. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

2017 Live Lincoln County magazine now available

LLC magazine 2017

After months of work, the 2017 Live Lincoln County magazine is here! Both print and online digital editions are now available.

County leadership class concludes year-long program with graduation

Leadership 2017

The 2017 Leadership Lincoln County class celebrated the completion of their year-long program with a graduation celebration at the Finch Theatre. | Photo credit: John Baetz

Lincoln Auto Supply moves up town

Lincoln Auto Supply

After 43 years, Bob Batchman transitions his auto parts business to new ownership but remains a mainstay in the downtown business district. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

Volunteers help make new Lincoln Elementary School playground equipment a reality

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

181 Ag Supply receives funding for business development

181 Ag Supply

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

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

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

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

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.

Effort begins to preserve buildings in Denmark

Denmark Kansas

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

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

An economic look back at 2016

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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St. John Church welcomes new pastor

Rev. Benjamin Siebert and his family, Erica and Noah, have answered the call to serve as St. John Lutheran Church’s new pastor.