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Wykoff dedicates new Veterans Memorial Park


Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

It’s a project that’s been over two years in the making. Wykoff resident Harvey Schmidt knew he wanted to create a Veterans Memorial in Wykoff and so, in 2014, he formed the Wykoff Veterans Memorial Committee, which included Mike Holzer, who served as co-chair with Schmidt, Mark Anderson, LuAnn Hare, Lynn Kidd, Cheyanne Baker, John Baker, Ross Heusinkveld, Lyle Crowson, and Mitch Grabau. The late Wayne Winslow also served on the committee.

The committee partnered with the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation or SVACF, which allowed them to gain 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

Ground was broken for the memorial in fall 2015 on the corner of Highway 80 and Gold Street in downtown Wykoff. The land for the memorial was donated from the estate of Bud Kavanagh and the city of Wykoff, which inherited the parcel from Bill and Connie Bicknese.

Construction took around a year and many volunteers donated their time, labor, and equipment to get it done. In spring, 2016, the first pavers were laid. So far, 143 pavers have been put down along the walkway at the memorial. Each one has the name of someone who served in the military, along with their branch and years they served.

“They can be from anywhere, not just Wykoff,” LuAnn Hare noted about those the pavers honor. They can be purchased for any member of the military, living or deceased.

The memorial isn’t finished yet, though. The cannon that used to sit by the Wykoff City Hall for many years was moved to the park and is having its wooden wheels redone by the Amish. The Wykoff Veterans Memorial Committee plans to install a plaque next to the cannon detailing its history.

There is still landscaping that needs to be completed, along with more work on the granite markers. Donations are being accepted to help cover the costs.

The Veterans Memorial features flags from all seven branches of the service: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Prisoner of War, plus the Minnesota state flag and the American flag. Granite markers with gold medallions showing each branch’s seal also line the walkway.

The memorial was dedicated at a service during the Wykoff Fall Fest on September 24 at 10 a.m. The public was invited to attend the solemn occasion at which two speakers gave speeches. The first was Norman Hecimovich, who served in the Army from 1952 through 1994. He was in the .....
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Veterans Day facts and figures

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, the anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1928, the United States Congress passed a resolution for Armistice Day to be an annual observation, and by 1938, the ..... 
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Shot down on the 49th mission

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

The following was written by Madeline Hass Duneman, daughter of Alfred Hass. Alfred W. Hass and Madeline Slifka were married in August 1941 and lived in Granger, Minn., where Alfred worked in the creamery. He loved to fish and hunt; then after com ..... 
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Veterans Day - a family affair

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Cleveland family of Spring Valley has a long and rich relationship with the military. Patriarch of the the family, George Cleveland, was unable to enlist in the military during World War II due to a disability caused by a bout with polio whe ..... 
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Easy ways to celebrate Veterans Day

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Veterans Day is an annual holiday when veterans of the armed forces are honored and celebrated in the United States. Many people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. While both days honor members of the armed forces, there's a distinction between ..... 
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Semper Gumby

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

Many things from his time in the military stick with Scott Johnson, including “Semper Gumby” or “Always Flexible” which is a phrase that comes from his former First Sergeant. Born in West Point, Nebr., Johnson’s family moved to Chatfie ..... 
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Give to the Max in Preston on November 17

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) is gearing up for “Give to the Max Day,” which is set for Thursday, November 17. Give to the Max Day is Minnesota’s statewide day of giving. This is the fifth consecutive year PACF has participated ..... 
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Fillmore Central kids help paint Preston mural

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

The K-6 students at Fillmore Central got a chance to help create Preston’s new landmark, a 16’ x 26’ outdoor mural that will be hung on the wall of the Preston Public Library above the entrance to the city offices. “The Preston Arts Counci ..... 
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Fillmore Central senior chosen as state finalist for Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

“I was very surprised, but excited,” Fillmore Central senior Kiera Olson said about finding out that she had been named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship. Communications teacher Mrs. Mehus encouraged Kiera to ..... 
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