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Veterans memorial list grows with work in Humphrey

July 22, 2018

HUMPHREY — Dirt work began last week as preparation for the Humphrey Veterans Memorial got under way.

Local volunteers removed the turf from the ground located across from the swimming pool.

Mike Korth, adjutant general for Humphrey American Legion Foltz-Zuerlein Post 80, said they had to get the grass removed so Koch Excavating of Columbus can haul in dirt and compact it, which will take place in about two weeks.

Volunteering to remove the top layer of turf were Korth, Dave Classen, Bill Classen and Dick Wemhoff.

The project will rely on volunteer labor to a great extent.

“We have numerous people who have offered trucking and to do the hauling for nothing. The dirt is coming from Cornlea on the old railroad right of way,” Korth said. “We have a lot of guys offering free-will help.”

The lot measures 85-feet by 85-feet and was donated by Mark Foltz.

West Point Monument Co. is completing the design of the memorial, and Korth said once the design is finished, it’ll be presented to the public.

Completion of the project is dependent upon fund raising.

“We should have money to get the ground and as much of the concrete as we can this year,” Korth said. “Once we get there, we’ll start the fund drive to raise funds to have it completed. Hopefully, we’ll have this complete in two years, depending on the funds.

Donations are being accepted at Pinnacle Bank in Humphrey, or money can be given to any Legion member. The project has received $10,000 from Pinnacle Bank in Humphrey.