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Elmwood "Pie Ride" Bike Ride

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Last weeks Pie Ride featured pies from the Christian Church and more than 80 people stopped by with over 30 bike riders. 

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Thanks to everyone who made pies and Kurk for the photos. 

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The Elmwood Pie Ride 1st and 3rd Thursday in ​June, July, August
Join our Facebook group for themes and specials!

An unstructured ride to Elmwood, Nebraska to enjoy some PIE

That is delicious slices of Pizza Pie and Dessert Pie! Dates: July 1, 15, Aug 5,19.

​Route: Suggest start in Eagle or Wabash and riding the MoPac to Elmwood.

Pizza by the Slice, 5 pm - 9 pm
The Quonset Bar and Grill has drinks on sale, pizza by the slice, and a full menu.
Elmwood Convenience Store sells pizza slices plus grab and go items
DELICIOUS Dessert Pie, 5pm - 8pm

The Bess Streeter Aldrich Park has parking, restrooms, and a playground.

Murdock 4th of July

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 It was great to see everyone celebrating the 4th of July in Murdock once again. It was warm, but not unbearably hot like in 2019.

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I will be posting several photos the next few weeks of the parade and local people so come back again. 

Our local state legislators were of course present and we couldn't be more proud to have such great representatives from our area. 

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Shall we always remember the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country and why we are a free country.

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One of the favorite parts of the part is not just the candy, but the water hoses at the end. It never disappoints. 

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Christmas in July

Well, it's never too early to start thinking about the very popular Holiday Craft Fair.

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Elmwood Farmers Market News 

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We have an amazing collection of vendors with hair jewelry, candles, honey, tea, canned goods, flowers, soap, crafts, and more. 

 Local produce is starting to be harvested and the summer squash, zucchini, radishes, summer apples will soon be followed by sweet corn. 

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Saturdays from now until October

There is still room for MORE VENDORS - No signup, no fee, no mandatory number of times to set up. Just bring your tables and join us!

Join our Elmwood Market Vendor group here for more details or contact Dawn via email 

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We are back with our annual Fall 5K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser.
This year we have the option to have an IN-PERSON Run!

September 4th, 8am

 Bess Streeter Aldrich Park in Elmwood.

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The virtual run will still be an option and you can do that anytime during the month of September!
$25 to sign up
Below is the link to register today!


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Elmwood library book club July 2021

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Lions and tigers and bears and . . . KIDS! The Elmwood Public Library will be hosting the Summer Reading Clubs during the month of June and this year’s theme is “Tails and Tales” (animal literature)!

The clubs will meet on Thursdays during the month of June (3, 10, 17 & 24). Little ones aged 4-7 will meet at 10:30 am. Older kids ages 8-11 will meet at 1 pm. Each session will last approximately one hour. Parental supervision is not required, as we will have some volunteer coordinators on-site to help.

Easy Library Links

Online Card Catalog https://elmwoodpubliclibrary.follettdestiny.com/ 

Libby Library App https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm  

Bike Share in Elmwood Nebraska

The bike-share program was highlighted during the parade as the Methodist church Wellness Committee road and walked the bikes in the parade. 

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In coordination with St Paul Methodist Church, United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Bits & Pieces five bicycles are available to check out (just like a library book) and ride around town, to the park, or on the trail. 

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  • To check out a bike, you must sign a waiver. General bike share program rules-
    must show a drivers license at check out
  • 12-17 can rent bikes with a parent at check out. Parents take full responsibility and sign a waiver for their child.
  • The bike is due back by the next Bits and Pieces business day. Plans are in the works to get a key dropbox. (Stay tuned.)
  • The condition of the bike is checked at check out and when it is checked back in
    when you check out a bike you are responsible for the bike. Any damage will result in a fee.
    failure to return the bike by the due date will result in the suspension of your ability to check out bikes.
  • No holds/reservations on bikes will be allowed
  • We do not provide helmets. You can bring your own helmet to use while riding the bike.
  • Have fun!!!!

Funding for this project was provided in part by the United Methodist Health Fund, Hutchinson, Kansas.💗 About 30 people attended the official ribbon cutting on April 12th and I was even the first person to check out a bike. It's easy and once you are registered you just add the next date and time to the notebook. 

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Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Announces Statewide Grant Recipients

$15,605 granted to 20 organizations in 18 counties

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LINCOLN, Neb. (June 29, 2021) – The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation (NSHSF) announced today the grant recipients of their new Statewide Grants Program. Recipients from 18 counties across the state will receive grant funding totaling $15,605. They include Hemingford Public Library in Box Butte County, Custer County Historical Society in Broken Bow, and El Museo Latino in Omaha.

“It was a delight to read these applications and discover what historical organizations are doing across the state,” said Trixie Smith, NSHSF President. “This program gives the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation the knowledge and background necessary to meet the needs of the organizations who are working diligently to preserve their local history.”

NSHSF received 98 grant applications requesting more than $1.2 million to fulfill needs such as conservation of collections, public programming, outreach, exhibits, promotion of the facility and services, promotion of tourism and visitation, school programs and resources for the classroom, management of collections and building preservation.

“This grant will have a lasting impact on our Foundation and will influence how students in the state of Nebraska learn about our state’s pioneer women,” said Bonnie Drake, Vice President of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. “We will use our grant to develop a curriculum for teachers to use alongside A Lantern in Her Hand, a novel that outlines the classic story of Nebraska pioneer women, written by Bess Streeter Aldrich. This is something we’ve hoped to accomplish for years and thanks to the Statewide Grants Program, we can finally make it a reality.”

The Statewide Grants Program was developed in July 2020 to fulfill a funding need for local historical and educational organizations in Nebraska. Thanks to an initial donation from the Dillon Foundation as well as donations from numerous individuals, NSHSF was able to award $15,605 for these first-year grants. The grants from this program help organizations such as museums, historical societies and libraries with core education, preservation, and interpretive programs about community history.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors who made these grants possible,” said Leslie Fattig, Executive Director at the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. “We were overwhelmed by the number of applications and overall need from local historical organizations and libraries across the state. COVID-19 was and still is a very challenging time for many of these organizations, and many are run by volunteers. We’re thrilled to be able to help these invaluable organizations achieve their goals and we are excited to continue the Statewide Grants Program in the future.”

NSHSF plans to grow the Statewide Grants Program over the next few years to a $1 million dollar fund and offer two grant cycles per year.

Donate or to learn more about the NSHSF Statewide Grants Program here: https://www.nshsf.org/statewide-grants-program/

About Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation raises money in support of the cause of history, including projects of History Nebraska. The Foundation solicits funds and support from individuals and organizations across the state and beyond, who value Nebraska's unique heritage and wish to play a personal role in ensuring that Nebraska's history will be accessible to future generations.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Taxpayer ID #47-6000332. www.nshsf.org. Kinman-Oldfield Suite #1010. 128 North 13th Street. Lincoln, NE 68508.

For more information, please contact Leslie Fattig, Executive Director at lfattig@nshsf.org or 402-209-9140.

New Summer Hours

Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun

1:00 - 4:00 pm

The Bess Streeter Aldrich House started its new summer (extended hours) today. 

We can also schedule a private tour on different days for groups of five or more.

Our wedding exhibit goes through August 29. Are you responsible for planning a bridal shower? Why not consider hosting it at the Aldrich House which is already beautifully decorated. Check out some of the more than 20 dresses on display (as early as 1867)!

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Kansas State University students from Nebraska earn spring 2021 degrees, graduation honors
Murdock: Seton Bachle, Doctor of Philosophy

Local Students Make UNL Dean’s List
More than 6,800 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2020-21 academic year, including these local students.


Hayden David Ernst, junior, Dean’s List, College of Engineering, computer engineering.
Alice Jean Richter, junior, Dean’s List, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, graphic design.


Zane Ryan Rikli, sophomore, Dean’s List, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, agribusiness.


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Banner Clymer Chronicles

Welcome to a new section of the weekly news. The Clymer Chronicles.

Jeff Clymer is the Utilities Superintendent and as he goes about his duties around town he takes photos and sends them to me. Since he is so good about sending updates about town streets, maintenance, and what is going on in general. 

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Last week the six inches of rain challenged just about everyone. I know a few people with water in their basements 

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That’s the highest the retention pond has ever been as far as anyone I’ve talked to knows about.  Water was moving!
Thanks, Jeff for everything you do. I know of more than one person in town who is thankful for your help on various maintenance issues in town. 

Village Updates

Elmwood Board offic 2021


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Chairperson and Village Board of Elmwood, Nebraska will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 221 S. 4th Street, which meetings are open to the public.

The agenda, which shall be kept continually current, shall be readily available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk during normal business hours. Further, please be advised that except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be altered later than twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. The Board of Trustees shall have the right to modify the agenda to include items of an emergency nature only at such public meeting.
The planning and zoning committee meeting will be held on Monday, July 19,2021 at 7:00pm located at 221 S. 4th Street.
Moriah Lenz
Village Clerk

Pet Licensing is now open. Download the whole application HERE 


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 Village Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to the public and held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The meetings are held at the new Village Board office located at the Learning Center on the south side of town. 

Official agendas are posted the day before at the Post Office, Gas Station, and Village Office. Prior to the posting of the agenda, meeting items can be added to the meeting. At the end of each meeting is a Public Comment Section. Attendees have three minutes to speak about anything at this time. Further discussion on the topic can then be added to the next board meeting.  

Next Board Meeting 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

 7:00 pm

The agenda is posted at the Elmwood C-Store, the post office, and the Village office.

Minutes can be viewed at the Village office or can be found online.

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Wouldn't it be amazing if the board meetings were FULL every time? This is your opportunity to be involved, be "in the know" and learn how to influence how your community grows, how improvements can be made, and how you can participate in the steps needed to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

As of January 2021, the Village of Elmwood requests that all utility bills be deposited in the new dropbox. 

Village Office Hours

Monday 8:00 - Noon

Tuesday 8:00 - Noon & 12:30 -4:30

Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday 8:00 - Noon & 12:30 -4:30

Friday CLOSED 

Take It Or Leave It Pantry

The free pantry is here to serve our community. It is for neighbors helping neighbors. Take what you need or leave what you can.

Here are some ideas that may be useful:

  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned soup
  • Granola bars and snacks
  • Fruit snacks
  • Dry soup mixes
  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna etc)
  • Boxed prepared meal kits (hamburger helper etc) 

Elmwood Food Box

Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall.  

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Online services are available on their Facebook page.

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400 West G Street

Elmwood, NE  68349

The daycare phone is 402-994-2384.

Pastor Michelle Chesnut

Cell Phone 402-314-7988  Church Phone: 402-994-6735

E-mail: stpaulelmwood@gmail.com

 Website:  elmwoodmurdockumc.com 

Elmwood Christian Church

Virtual Sunday Services via Zoom. Stay in touch with your congregational members.

Come on in at 9:30 am for some socializing and catching up.

Service starts at 10:00 am


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OPEN: every Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm
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Please come and pick up what you need for your household or a friend’s.
We have canned goods, boxed meals, breakfast items, frozen meats, bread, eggs, baking ingredients, cleaning supplies, personal care items, diapers, and wipes.



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