Kasson Becomes Location of First 'Freedom Rock' in Minnesota

July 10, 2018 07:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An Iowa artist is showing his gratitude for those who have served our country by painting patriotic murals on massive boulders he calls "Freedom Rocks."

Since the early 2000s, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen has been traveling across Iowa with the goal of painting a Freedom Rock in every single county.


Now, he is bringing his art to Minnesota. His 74th project will be in Kasson next to the American Legion Post.

Legion volunteer Dave Wilcox saw one of Sorensen’s Freedom Rock's in Iowa and decided, “I want one for our community."

Getting the 30,000 lb. rock next to the Legion was no easy task though.

“It came from east of Mantorville at Dave Brook's sandpit out there,” said Wilcox. “We had to use one of the largest payloaders to move it.”

The effort will be well worth it for many. Kasson’s Freedom Rock will be wrapped in images of local veterans, eagles, the Statue of Liberty and the American flag.

“[It will portray] our love for veterans,” said Commander Bob Melin with American Legion Post 333. “I have tons of them in my family, all of my other three brothers and I have served. I just lost one on Memorial Day and so I am headed to Pennsylvania for that funeral in a couple weeks and this is what it's all about. Thanking our veterans.”

Melin says freedom is not free. “We paid a big price in this country for that freedom.”

Soon a visible reminder will withstand the elements, in a community that's feeling honored.

A camera will be installed to deter vandalism.

The Freedom Rock will cost about $13,000. Thanks to donations, half of that has been raised. To get involved, contact the Kasson American Legion Post 333 at (507) 634-4353.


Hannah Tiede

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