Kasson community raises $43,000 for historic memorial

Devin Martin
Updated: April 14, 2021 10:39 PM
Created: April 14, 2021 05:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - There's a memorial in Kasson and people are chipping in to make sure it gets the restoration work it needs. 

Three women came together and formed a group, which they call, the Save the Wall Committee. They reached out to the community to save the wall and so far, they have raised $43,000. 

"We've been really lucky that so many people in the community wanted to save it," Coralie Fiegel, member of the Save the Wall Committee said. 

 The wall is 83 years old, it was built during the great depression and created many jobs for the people of Kasson. But over the years, the stone started cracking and pieces started falling away.  The three women have a special connection to the wall and they wanted to see it the way it used to be. 

"I lived in town for 11 years and I'd go through the gates all the time to the swimming pool. I've spent my summers up here all the time," Fiegel said. 

The ladies say to complete the wall it will take around $46,000, but the sidewalk needs repairs too, bringing the grand total to $60,000. 

Together, Judy, Coralie, and Janet wrote letters, made phone calls, and put ads in the local paper spreading the word about the wall. 

"We just want to make sure that we have enough money to finish it and maybe have some kept in the bank down the road for when it needs fixing again," Janet Sinning, member of the Save the Wall Committee said. 

The Kasson City Council last year identified this project as a priority for the community and asked the public for contributions. 

"It's really shown the interest in the community for the project which makes it easier for us to go to the legislature and ask for some funding and for the city council to allocate some dollars," Timothy Ibisch, Kasson City Administrator said. 

Tim says with proper funding, the restoration could start in Mid-August and it will be completed in the fall of this year. Maybe just in time for Kasson's big event, Festival in the Park. 

"We think it's going to be a great amenity and a great and for the park system here in Kasson and also here in the area as well," Ibisch said.

Minnesota State Republican Senator David Senjem for district 25 in Rochester also wants the wall in Kasson to be restored. 

He said in a news release he was to obtain $30,000 from the Senate Legacy Committee for the repair and restoration of the wall. 

"This combined with local contributions will assist in preserving this important piece of Kasson history for future generations. The bill now awaits action by the House of Representatives and a conference committee before moving on to the Governor for his signature," Senator Senjem said. "On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. It enacted a 3/8 of one percent sales tax to be used to preserve and enhance some important elements of our state. As you make purchases and pay this sales tax know that some of it is coming back to Kasson for this important project."

If you would like to make a donation you can call Janet Sinning at 507-251-1657

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