Updated: July 03, 2020 10:46 PM
Created: July 03, 2020 09:39 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Three people were honored at the Pillars of the City event Friday. Their plaques will soon be put on the Mill Pond flood protection wall pillars on North Main street.
This year, Patricia Piper, Geraldine Rasmussen, and Larry Dolphin were honored for their service to the Austin community.
City officials said this event is important for several reasons.
"It's really important to highlight prominent community members that have given back to our community in many different areas," Ann Kasel, city clerk for the city of Austin said.
Patricia was a state lawmaker who represented Austin at the capitol and did a lot of work with early childhood education.
Geraldine and her husband bought the first newspaper publisher in Austin and later became partners with the Austin Daily Herald. She also founded the Mower County Historical Society.
Patricia and Geraldine have both passed, but their family and friends were there for the special occasion.
Daniel Piper, a family member of Patricia's said if his aunt was at the event, she would be honored to be a part of it.
"She was the most gracious person I've ever known. I'm sure she would be very gracious, she wouldn't admit she was embarrassed but she would very much be honored to be a pillar of the community," he said.
Honoree Larry Dolphin was also there. He retired after being the director of the Jay C Hormel Nature Center for 28 years.
"You know this small community has done a lot for my family and I like to give back as well. To have this event and to recognize folks that have given a lot back to the community, that's really nice," Dolphin said. "It was pretty cool to receive this award."
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