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TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, March 24, 2004 Page 3 takes so many peop;e young and o,d to make ole thing work." from page 1 same time they 3.8 acres of land in the turn table. is now on the Historic Register few operat- in the United Community to move the water tower was by the Baxter fami- Grove in 1975. tme time the park a county ; County com- 1977 a Grand Trunk caboose was pur- from a man in "We paid $4,000 for and at the time had rails so it was for $128.00." Rupp donated the Diesel engine in the engine house to house the motor cars along railroad para- park added and attrac- the Nell store which ,/ Louise Gervais manager stood in front of the engine house which is getting an addi- tion to better display the new Baldwin engine. store features a full array of turn of the century items and looks much the same as it did back in the early 1900's. The Sunrise School from Shetek Township was moved to the park in 1986. It has been restored to as near orig- water tower donated by the Baxter Walnut Grove. in 1988. The inal condition, with many items of the early part of the century on display. "People really enjoy the space around the buildings." The section foreman's house from Comfrey was moved in and completely restored to it's original con- dition. The house was on the National Historic Register. In the early nineties a Coal bunker and gift shop was built to give more room for souvenirs. 1994 brought one of their major investments when they were able to purchase a Pacific steam engine from the Illinois Railway Museum. The Georgia Northern engine was shipped by rail to Tracy then moved to Currie by truck. The Hilfer miniature train was acquired in 1991 along with the miniature depot. The original track was made of wood with metal strips on top of it. It had deteriorated to the point that it needed to be replaced. Jim Meaden of Slayton made new track for the miniature train, but with harsh win- ters it is hard to keep it in gauge. Louise is quick to credit all of the volunteers that have worked so hard over the years to make the park what it is today. "In the earlier years Dorothy Ruppert worked a lot with me." Serving with The Pacific Steam engine sits proudly on the tracks in front of the depot. big enough for the heavier locomotives, and the one at Pipestone was no longer needed. Louise said she has thought about retiring. But when they got the Baldwin engine she said she has to see it through. After that is done she doesn't know what will happen. She hopes that someone will step forward to Joe Schrier and his crew were busy with the new engine house addition. her now are County Commissioner Steve Johnson and Art Director David Hanson. One of the more recent projects has been the build- ing of a replica of the Flour Mill. This building is dedi- cated to historical items from the Currie Community. The sign on the building reads " Lake Shetek Mills, EH Silvernale and Son. Albert Mills. the last Section foreman, donated a lot of tools he had collected over the years. Only recently they dis- covered the turntable had been replaced with one from Pipestone in about 1922. The original turntable was not take over one day. But it is a lot of work. "It takes so many people young and old to make the whole thing work." Gervais said she enjoys working with the young people during the season. It just shows what can be done starting from a small project. The Currie community has been very supportive with the Town and Country Club and Legion Club donat- ing so much over the years. Their support along with all the individuals is tremen- dous. Last year a new gift shop and information center was built along with a veterans memorial. It is hard to imagine what Louise would do if she were to retire, I suspect she will not be very far away from the park. It is complete- ly obvious that her love for the park is very great. One of her comments was "If people would like to donate to the park they are always welcome." The Fairmont speeders setting on the tracks by the turn table. TO SUBSCRIBERS Subscriber; please check the due on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your please remit your renewal s prior to the expiration date. I CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOe YOU CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1-800-410-1859 Your Health Care Team Qualified... Dedicated Right at Home! Cassel, MD Practice Dr. Cassel is a member of the Westbrook Health Center Medical Staff currently serving as Chief of Staff. Dr. Cassel is a member of the Minnesota Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. A medical practi- tioner in the Westbrook community for more than twenty years. Dr. Cassel sees patients from infant through adult. Get more information about your clinic at: www.west- brookhealt hcenter.oro Var, vani,, MD Medicine Kelly Hoffman, FNP Vhlkm Jutsum, FNP Family Nurse Practitioner Family Nurse Practitioner Westbrook Health Center 920 Bell Avenue, Westbrook, MN. 507-274-6121 Dedicated to the Work of Healing Omission WESTBROOK -- The last four words of the story on Alex Ourada were accidentally omitted. The following is the last para- graph as it should have read. Since he can no longer participate in contact sports, I asked Alex how he fills that void in his life. I study more, he replied. He sees Waseca as a nice place to live after graduat- ing because he could hunt and fish. It would be con- venient to commute for graduate school, and his very special girlfriend is transferring to Mankato in the fall. Missing Puppy t; " ,f9 Precious If seen please call 605-351-7182 or 507-274-6570 Request for Public Participation Redwood County 5-Year Plan for Proposed Highway Construction PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD AS FOLLOWS: TIME: 7:00 p.m. DATE: Monday, April 5, 2004 PLACE: Public Health Building 226 E. Bridge St., Redwood Falls, MN. 56283 Any interested citizen is invited to attend, to receive information and offer suggestions on the construction plan for the period from 2004 through 2008 which has been given approval by the County Board. Ernest G. Fiala, P.E. Redwood County Highway Engineer