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Worms at the Library!

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On July 15 Linda Behrns and her assistant Dana Stahl from Keep Cass County Beautiful came to the Elmwood Public Library and presented an outreach program about WORMS! Area children learned about how Red Wiggler worms help with composting and keeping our soil clean and healthy. In all, approximately 33 children attended the special session.

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Library Director Anne Pope said, “Linda Behrns contacted me a few weeks ago, and we discussed what type of environmental subject kids in our community would be interested in. When she said, ‘Worms,’ I knew that was it. Kids in the Elmwood-Murdock area love getting their hands dirty!”

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The children were allowed to conduct their own investigation about these squirmy little guys. “How many were in the cup? What color were they? Approximately how long?” The young scientists were extremely careful and meticulous. To wrap it up, they all got to eat a worm to celebrate! Oh, didn’t I mention that it was a gummy worm?

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Thank you to Linda and Dana for their valuable contributions to our county!

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Easy Library Links

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

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

Next Elmwood "Pie Ride" Bike Ride

Thursday, August 5th

Stay tuned for more information

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

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

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For the Elmwood Pie Ride-on 8/5/2021 we decided to get a bunch of us to make pies and sell as a benefit for the community center. If you are able to do any of the following it would be greatly appreciated.

1. Make pie(s)

2. Make Rice Krispie bars

3. Donate ice cream, root beer, whipped cream

4. Donate for the cost of plates, napkins, etc.

5. Help us serve at the park in Elmwood between 5-8 pm

Looking for volunteers who want to have some fun and help out by serving pie and ice cream at the next Pie Ride in the Bess Streeter Aldrich Park on

Thursday, August 5th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Contact Julie Anderson if you are interested! 402-867-4123.

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 

Sweet Corn is here and it is delicious!! Head over to the Farmers Market every Saturday and buy local.

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We had some new vendors selling jewelry and homemade drawstring bags. They would be really cute around a bottle of wine or to custom wrap a gift. Farmers market 072821c

The smiles on these ladies say it all. Saturday mornings are the perfect time to meet new people, relax, and share your talent with others. 

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Grocery Bags with a Mission

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Linda Blunt brought her sleeping mats to share her mission with others. She is a lady of many talents. Not only do her kolaches bring people in droves but she runs the Elmwood Foodbank and also crochets for others. These sleeping mats she crochets using grocery store plastic bags. They are the size of a twin-size mattress and are donated to organizations that serve the "unhoused". 

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SIX HUNDRED grocery store bags are used to make these sleeping mats which are not only waterproof but provides cushion and insulation from the ground underneath. The yellow bags are from Super Saver and the white matt is made from HyVee bags. 

Several people, including kids, tried them out on the ground. If you have extra bags you can talk to Linda at the Elmwood Foodbank on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the old Village Clerk office and she will be glad to tell you what she needs. 

Better yet. If you would like to start crocheting one yourself she would be more than happy to help you get started. 

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

Produce is starting to explode and if you are looking for cucumbers, zucchini, squash, beans, beets, and potatoes then get there EARLY!! 


Get there early before they run out. It's going to be a great day for the Farmers Market with flowers and amazing vendors. 


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!

Bike Share in Elmwood Nebraska

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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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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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Village Updates

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Pet Licensing is now open. Download the whole application HERE 

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There is a new location for the Cass County Food Bank.

The Food Bank has moved to the previous Village Office location. 

 Village Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to the public and are 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, August 4, 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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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, August 4, 2021, and Wednesday, August 18, 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 a public meeting.

The planning and zoning committee meeting will be held on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 7:00 pm located at 221 S. 4th Street.
Moriah Lenz
Village Clerk

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.

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) 

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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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