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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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Local American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Troops offer faith-based programs for kids

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

In 2011, when Steve and Amy Rehm relocated their family from Rochester to southeastern Minnesota, they thought they were losing the opportunity to enroll their daughter in one of the area’s local American Heritage Girls (AHG) troops. “Being a C ..... 
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Independent insurance company opens in Wykoff

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Features

Steven Rehm grew up on a farm outside of Chatfield. He moved out of the area for some time, but his love for the country and this area drew him back. He and his wife, Amy, especially like being able to raise their three children, whom they homesch ..... 
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Wykoff news 12.21.15

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

By Donna Erdman A huge thank you to Elliott and Karen Grandall, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Senior000 Choir, Ravens Fire Band, St. Johns Lutheran Church, all who brought and served refreshments and all that attended the Wykoff Area Historical So ..... 
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St. Johns Lutheran School “Angel Alert” Christmas program December 20

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

Please join the Sunday School students of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wykoff as they present the Christmas program, “Angel Alert”, on Sunday, December 20, during the 9 a.m. church service. “Angel Alert” takes place in heaven with fictitious ..... 
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St. Johns Lutheran School Christmas program

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

Please join the students of St. Johns Lutheran School as they present the Christmas program, “The ABC’s of Christmas”, on Friday, December 4, at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program. In addition, the Parent-Teacher League w ..... 
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German Schwier relatives visit family in Wykoff

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

Guests of Duane and Pat Schwier of Wykoff, on Thursday, October 8, were Torsten Wietelmann of Bremen, Germany; Hans-Juergen, Crista, Marina, and Time Habelmann of Baranburg, Germany; and Frits and Rosel Habighorst of Neuenkichen, Germany. They are al ..... 
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Wykoff News

By Donna Erdman

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

On Thursday morning, Joan A. Kidd attended the Salvation Army Fillmore County Service Unit meeting some of the things talked about were “shop with a cop” event that was held on August 22. There were 12 third graders that participated. They went ..... 
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Wykoff News

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

Everyone is invited to view the free educational film “Vanishing of the Bees” on September 1st at 7 p.m. at the Wykoff Community Hall, as hosted by the Wykoff Loins monthly meeting. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Dianne Bi ..... 
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