Rankas parish

Parish: Ranka Parish
Population: 1522
Area: 18,387 ha

General information: The northern part of Ranka Parish is located in the Augšgauja depression of the Vidzeme Highlands, in the middle and southern part of the Piebalga hills. The relief is hilly. Gauja, Azanda, Uriekste, Sace, Degļupīte, Lazdupīte, Pāpanupīte, Palsa flow through the parish. There are several small lakes in the parish - Kalmodu (Baltezers, area - 23 ha), Cepļi (Melnezers, area - 12 ha), Telezers, Jāneļu and Pundurezers. There are several water reservoirs and bogs in the territory of the parish. 46.3% of the parish territory is covered by forests. The average cadastral value of land is 102 Ls / ha. Agricultural land 6401.7 ha. Of these, arable land - 4397.5 ha. The largest settlements: Ranka - 812, Gaujarēviļi - 205, Rēveļi - 130 inhabitants.

Entrepreneurship: 89 different companies are registered in Ranka parish - SIA, cooperative farms, individual companies, farms, half of which are actually operating. The largest of them are "Ķelmēni", "Grantiņi - 1", JSC "Rankas piens", as well as "Kalnakaļvi", "Kalna Pakalnieši", "Vecpāpani", "Kalnaviesītes", wood processing companies "Amatnieks". There are three small HPPs - Lācīši, Gauja and "Ranka Hidro".

Education: Ranka Primary School, Ranka Vocational High School is in the parish.

Culture: There is a culture house in the parish (500 seats in the hall) and 2 libraries - Ranka and Gaujarēveļu.

Health: Ranka's doctorate and pharmacy are open.

Religion: Believers visit the churches of Jaunpiebalga, Velena and Smiltene. Ranka has a cemetery (consecrated in 1927).

Cultural and natural monuments : The following archeological monuments are located in Ranka parish: Kaudži castle mound, Sejatu ancient cemetery (Krakaliņš), Silaješku castle mound (Devil's hill), architectural monument of national significance - Ranka manor building. Protected nature objects are Ranka Park, Rutkaviņi springs, Lielā purva nature reserve.

Notable personalities: Many notable persons are also associated with Ranka Parish: KOKraujiņš (1879-1975) - writer, E. Bauers (1882-1926) - agronomist, member of the People's Council, Constitutional Assembly and Saeima, Minister of Agriculture, A .Raisters (1888-1967) - architect, Ē.Raisters (1905-1967) - poet, journalist, O.Čakars (1908-1999) - literary historian, LVU lecturer, B.Krūmiņš (1924) - Deputy Governor of South Australia, Head of the Adelaide Latvian Society, G.Graudiņš (1926) - Donor of the collection of the Museum of Culture "Dauderi", U.Pūcītis (1937-2000) - actor, director, M.Krīgena (1939) - opera singer , music teacher, M.Caune (1941) - book publisher, S.Jaunarāja (1944) - translator, M.Dinga (1949) - ballet dancer, teacher, R.Apalups (1942) - Member of the 6th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, etc.

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