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Farmington Veterans Memorial is behind schedule

Mother Nature can be blamed for setting back one more thing around Farmington this spring. Thanks to her, the new Farmington Veterans Memorial will not be dedicated on Memorial Day, as it was originally planned.

With snow on the ground only three weeks ago, and the rainy days of the past week or so, it's been hard to complete any of the ground work at the new memorial site in Rambling River Park. But that's not to say the work can't be done soon, Farmington VFW commander Ron Ersfeld said.

"We should be able to get something going there in the near future," Ersfeld said.

Everything is ready to go as soon as the ground work can go ahead. To date, memorial organizers have sold 200 pavers to veterans and their families. Those pavers have been engraved and are ready to be placed along the memorial's walkways. A second round of paver sales has already started.

A granite sign for the memorial is ready to go, too. It's still at the manufacturer, but that's okay, Ersfeld said, because there is no place to store it in Farmington. The only significant piece that still needs funding is a bronze statue of a soldier.

Originally, the committee had hoped to have the new veterans memorial completed enough that it could be dedicated as part of the 2013 Memorial Day observance. Because there is so much to left to do right now though, the committee is putting off the dedication for a few weeks.

"It will be later this summer when we have had a chance to get some of the ground work done and the pieces installed," Ersfeld said.

Still, the memorial site seems to be getting attention already. Ersfeld has seen a few people park and walk over to the site and take a look around on several occasions.

The city of Farmington installed approximately two dozen new trees last week between the memorial site and the tennis courts. Those trees will act as a buffer between the two amenities, Farmington parks and recreation director Randy Distad said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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