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Milford receives anonymous $6.85 million donation

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Milford: population 2,156.

It may not be the biggest town in Nebraska, but it's definitely gotten a big surprise - a nearly $7 million donation.

"That's awesome," Calvin Frerichs, current Milford resident, said. "I thank them for trying to help out Milford."

Mayor Dean Bruha said he got an anonymous letter in the mail at the beginning of the month saying the city was getting a $6.85 million gift to be divided among nine groups in the city, including the Milford Public School District, 9–hole golf course and the city itself.

"My jaw just dropped I guess when my clerk first told me there's something here you need to come down and take a look at," Bruha said.

The school district is getting the biggest chunk of the money, with $2.5 million for new programs. The city will receive $1.6 million, with a portion of that going to the library and Milford Senior Center.

"To me, in a way, we won the lottery!" Bruha said.

The mayor said he wants to use part of the money to repair sidewalks. He also hopes to increase handicapped access throughout the city and add infrastructure for more housing.

In the letter, the anonymous donor handed out a few stipulations. It says the money donated should be used to create endowments, and cannot be added to the city's annual budget. The letter also says the city cannot spend more than four percent per year of the total money donated, and that it cannot be used until 2015.

"We here at the city will try to be good stewards of the money and spend it wisely," Bruha said.

The mayor said there's still a lot of planning to be done for how the money is going to be used, but said his city is lucky to have it.  

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