Vets memorial gets green light

by Paul Rignell
Contributing writer
Weather permitting, work could begin yet this fall on a veterans memorial for Sherburne County that has been in planning stages since 2004.
After approving a memorial site plan Aug. 16 for land in Becker that is shared by the county history center which opened and was dedicated in 2006, the county board of commissioners on Oct. 11 awarded construction of the project to Rocky Mountain Construction of Zimmerman, for a low bid of $24,148.
From 2005 to 2007, according to county Veterans Service Officer Gene Graff, private contributors gave $32,257 in total toward the project in honor and in memory of Sherburne County veterans from all eras.
The memorial’s features will include a circular patio, with a bench and memorial marker surrounded on three sides by U.S. flags on poles.
Graff told the Star News that the county was expecting to get required building permits from the city of Becker late this week, and that work could begin this fall to be completed next spring, although with early snow all of the work could be pushed to the spring.
He said remaining memorial funds will be reserved for future expansion or for maintenance, adding that winds could take a toll on the flying fabric. “The flags out in the country can take quite a beating, and we always want to make sure we have nice-looking flags to represent the people that have served,” Graff said.
A public dedication will be announced once the project is complete.