Village of Milligan receives $50,000 from USDA for a New City Hall and Public Library Space

Vicki Schurman
Release Date
Jun 19, 2015

USDA Rural Development has awarded $50,000 to the Village of Milligan to be leveraged with $73,000 from the Village, $50,000 from the library both of which were from money received from the Phyllis Vavra estate.  Community members, alumni and individuals contributed $35,000.  The funds will be used to renovate a 1923 drug store building purchased by the Village to use as a City Hall and Library.

“As the library treasurer and the one who has story time weekly throughout the year, I can’t wait for the new library. Story time is now in a small basement room and the new library will have an area 15’ by 25’ for story time,” said Shirley Brunkow, library treasurer.  “There will also be two large tables with chairs for the patrons to use for reading, putting together puzzles, and searching for their roots using many of the materials that we have available. None of this is available at our library now. Our computers are old and will be replaced with new. New book shelves will give the library ample room for all the books and DVDs.

 “I want to thank the citizens of Milligan and the surrounding area, the alumni and all of the organizations for their financial assistance and continued support for this project,” said Chairman Eric Milton, Village of Milligan. “Thank you to the Milligan Public Library Board for their foresight and to the Library Treasurer, Shirley Brunkow, and Village Clerk, Crystal Vavra, for the continued effort on grant research and fundraising. The library project will be a great asset to the Milligan community for many years to come.”

“The library project funds will be used to replace the roof, front door, windows, and flooring and to provide tables, chairs, desk and bookcases,” said Community Programs Specialist Janice Stopak, USDA Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development funding is being provided through the Community Facility Grant program.  For more information visit or contact Community Programs Specialist Janice Stopak at 402-437-5743 or

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.