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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Page 12 in led at St. Olaf Left to right the crew Josh Kottke, Joe Plaetz, Kevin Kottke, Roger Kleven, Jim Kleven and Marvin Kleven. Submitted photo At a recent volleyball game Senior Hitter Cassidy Mischke achieved her 1,000 dig for her career. Pictured with her is her Mom and Dad, Dale and Tammy, and her sister, Miranda. During the last couple of trips down to the mission site of Greenville Mississippi, the group from St. Olaf noticed several large illuminated crosses dotting the country- side. They were boldly placed on hillsides and tree-topped. After returning this spring, Roger Kleven and others from the mission group thought they should find a way to place a large well lite cross at St. Olaf. The council agreed and the process began. Unfortunately there aren't hillsides or tree-topped mountains, so they had to settle on a high point upon the church. Preparing to secure the cross at St. Olaf. Submitted photo The internet was searched for large illuminated crosses. It was determined a cross 4 foot by 7 foot would be just the right size to fit on the east side of the church directly above the second story win- dows. The internet search was a bust as the crosses were either too small or far too expensive. So it was decided they build one . The crew of Roger, Marvin, Jim Kleven and Joe Plaetz came up with final design. It is a 4 foot 7 foot metal cross with iLED lights inside the cavity backlight against the churches white siding. Joe had the heavy metal fieces cut and bent into shape at Wendorff's, Joe welded the into the shape of a cross and the final product powder coated to pro- for long life. Finally this October 8 a crew was embled to attach the cross the east side of St. Olaf's With the use of Baker's telehandler the secured the cross to its spot. As you pass St. Olaf and you see the lights of the cross, remember what is truly important in this life and the next. Walnut Grove Fireman Adam Kletscher spoke to the elemen- tary kids about fire safety. Petroglyhs manager retires Tom Sanders spent 18 years developing relation- ships and furthering the his- tory of this sacred site After 28 years at the Minnesota Historical Society, Tom Sanders, site manager of Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey, Minnesota, has retired. Under his leadership, the site doubled in size and the number of visible carv- ings more than doubled. In addition, Sanders has worked with American Indian elders from around the coun- try to document stories to further the understanding of this ancient site. He and elders have also developed a ceremonial use policy for the site, which has served as a model for other organiza- tions. "There are a lot of things that are unfmished yet. It's a library of carvings; it's an encyclopedia. I've been try- ing to get that across," says Joe Williams, Dakota elder of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. "I've been working with [Tom] all these years, and he did a ... good job, very con- siderate and very much involved." Sanders worked with the University of Minnesota to develop 3D models of the petroglyphs, and led a recent lichen removal project that uncovered some 3,000 new carvings. He also focused on documenting and protecting other sacred American Indian sites in the area, including a recently redis- covered ancient astronomi- cal observatory. In 2004, under Sanders' leadership, MNHS received the National Trust's Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites for work at Jeffers Petroglyphs manger Tom Sanders. Petroglyphs. "It has been an inspiration to see what Tom has accom- plished during his time at the Jeffers Petroglyphs," says John Crippen, director of historic sites and muse- ums at MNHS. "His total commitment to the site, its stories and its people have left a lasting mark, and set us on a good course there for many years to come." Sanders has more than 35 years experience working at historic sites, with 10 years as blacksmith at Historic Fort Snelling and 18 years as site manager at Jeffers Petroglyphs. From Kokomo, Indiana, he has a B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University and a master's in archaeology from the University of Minnesota. About Jeffers Petroglyphs Jeffers Petroglyphs is locat- ed at 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, Minnesota. Jeffers Petroglyphs is one of 26 Minnesota Historical Society sites and museums located statewide. Find out more at ferspetroglyphs. MNHS is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, pre- serves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS pre- serves our past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history. 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