HEADLINES FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Arguments for a better community center presented to City Council
By Rob LaPlante
A half-dozen representatives from the Advocates for the Buffalo Community Center (ABCC) made their presence felt at the Monday, Feb. 6 city council meeting in Buffalo.
In a lengthy discussion, ABCC members took turns making arguments in favor of a better community center.
Three recommendations by ABCC were presented to council in the hopes of developing a task force. The first was to build a new facility across the street from the fire station. The second suggestion was to move the community center in the area of the current city hall, and move city hall across the street from its current location. Finally, keeping the community center where it's at, and expanding it into a 2- to 3-story building.
A letter to the city states arguments that the current building lacks the structure and proper socialization that most community centers should offer.
"It's very uninviting, dark and decaying. It needs more windows for more light," said one ABCC member. "It needs more parking, and it's difficult to have more than one activity going on at once. The curtain they put up doesn't avoid outside noises."
The Council raised high costs of the project as a main concern.
"This type of project will get no federal or state grants," said council member Linda Kittock. "It would require donations and fundraisers, or raising city taxes."
Mayor Teri Lachermeier suggested that the process goes the route of a 501-3C, which means a particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization.
"We understand your concern," Lachermeier told the ABCC members. "But we don't want to disrespect what we already have. The community center has come a long way. We need more, but it must be done in a way that works for the city."
ABCC continued to make proactive stands throughout the discussion.
"All we're asking is to think about the future and be proactive," said another ABCC member. "In time, a better community center will increase the overall quality of life."
The only conclusion came with a 501-3C recommendation and that ABCC discuss the matter with city employees at a future date.
The Council approved the resignation of police officer Jerad Zachman, who will take on the same position in Golden Valley, which is near his residence. An open search will take place, narrowing the top ten candidates to fill Zachman's position. The top three will receive interviews.
Assistant Groundskeeper Anthony Oldfather also resigned to accept a position outside the golf industry.
The Council approved hiring Mark Lemen as a city maintenance worker in the Wastewater/Water Departments. Lemen worked for the City of Mound and is in the process of obtaining his Class D license.
Police Officer Dustyn Brusch is receiving medical treatment and will soon use up his earned sick leave. The Council approved a request to allow city employees to donate their available vacation time to his sick bank.
The Council also approved appointing Lyn Fantauzza serve on the Library Advisory Board, and Troy Rolf to the Airport Advisory Board. All advisory boards are now filled.
Donations totaling $1,255 were received on behalf of the Bison Fishing Forever (BFF) program. The Rockford Lions Club donated $1,000, Rebound Orthotics & Prosthetics in Loretto donated $200, and $55 were received from Goodale Transfer, Inc.
Other donations included $50 from Bonnie Slater-deMont in memory of Harriet Mooney to be used for the Buffalo Community Center.
Two donations in the amount of $50 each to the 2017 Flora of Buffalo were made by Christine Seger and Nancy and Clifford Ahlgren. Seger also donated $50 toward the 2017 Concerts in the Park series.
County Board meets with BKV Group to discuss courts facility project
By Ed DuBois
A meeting with the architectural firm, BKV Group, was reviewed during the Wright County Board meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 7. A project overview regarding the construction of a new courts facility was among topics of the meeting with the firm, which took place on Feb. 2.
The design team was introduced. The new facility, which could include up to about 100,000 square feet of space, is being planned for a site next to the Law Enforcement Center. A proposed timeframe for designing the facility includes: schematic design work until April 2017, design development from May to September 2017, construction document preparation from October 2017 to February 2018, and a bidding and award phase from March to April 2018.
In other business:
Judge Michele Davis told the Board about plans for an event called Law Day, which is taking place on May 1 at the Wright County Government Center. Plans include setting up information booths, providing presentations, helping people learn how to solve legal problems, and inviting people to see K-9 (police dog) demonstrations (possibly outside). One of the features of the day could be an opportunity to address traffic issues and pay fines. Likewise, people could address warrants and clear up some warrants. The event could involve the atrium, conference rooms and the courts area. This will be the first time the Law Day event will be presented on a larger scale. More information is expected in the coming months.
Water Management Task Force appointments were approved by the Board.
Gloria Grant-Wynnemer was reappointed as the citizen-at-large representative.
Doug Tripplet was reappointed as the township representative.
Jeffrey Burns was ap-pointed as the Soil and Water Conservation District representative.
Lynn Kissock was appointed as the Mayors' Association representative.
In other actions, the Board:
- authorized signatures on a contract with Berwald Roofing for partial roof replacement work at the Wright County Public Works Building;
- approved labor agreements, which include 2.5-percent annual wage increases, with Teamsters Courthouse 320, Assistant County Attorneys' Association and AFSME;
- approved a resolution of support for House File 113 and Senate File 85, which address the decommissioning of the coal-burning Xcel Energy Sherco Plant and encourage establishing a natural gas electric generating plant;
- reviewed a Personnel Committee meeting that included information on a social services reorganization, and accepted a recommendation to add a new social services supervisor position;
- authorized a starting wage of $30 an hour for hiring a deputy director of emergency management with 800 MHZ (radio system) experience, which is not common;
- accepted the 2016 drainage inspector report, discussed Ditch 33 from Pelican Lake to the Mississippi River and commended Drainage Inspector Mike Young for his good work (Commissioner Mike Potter said Young's reports are very clear, which helps commissioners answer questions from constituents.);
- approved additional Parks Department hours for weekend snow removal to help provide access to activities;
- approved modifying the fee schedule to include a rental fee of $175 per day at the new chalet being established in Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park (Commissioner Mark Daleiden said the fee is a good deal.);
- scheduled a Feb. 21 Committee of the Whole meeting around 11 a.m. at the new chalet in Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park to discuss funding phase-one development at the park;
- adopted a resolution related to submitting a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a recreational trail program;
- approved Transportation Committee of the Whole minutes and accepted a recommendation to work with the City of Waverly to bring CSAH (County State Aid Highway) 9 up to state aid standards from Atlantic Ave. to North Shore Drive (including a trail);
- approved filling two sheriff's deputy positions and a highway diesel mechanic position;
- set March 10 at noon as the deadline for private sales bids on tax-forfeit parcels in Monticello, Monticello Township, Southside Township, and Stockholm Township; and
- approved $861,812 in claims involving 548 transactions with 299 vendors.
Treasured tree had to come down
Timber! The stately red oak was taken down last Monday, Feb. 6 on the Larry and Twylah Suhsen property near Delano. (Photo by Ed DuBois)
Timber! The stately red oak was taken down last Monday, Feb. 6 on the Larry and Twylah Suhsen property near Delano. (Photo by Ed DuBois)
By Ed DuBois
He did not want to see it go, but Larry Suhsen's mighty red oak tree in rural Delano had already lost a giant limb, and it was a threat to property, both a fence and his neighbor's shed.
The impressive tree was recognized in 1998, when it took first place in the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Largest Tree Contest.
When the massive main trunk was cut down last Monday, Feb. 6, the stump was about five feet across. The trunk slammed into the ground with a very loud crack, and the earth trembled.
Larry and his wife, Twylah, have a first place plaque that says the trunk was 13 feet, 2 inches in circumference in 1998.
Twylah is an artist and hopes to do some creative things with the wood from the tree.
A quick look at the rings of the stump indicated the tree was around 100 to 150 years old. Larry estimated the tree was close to 100 feet tall. He seemed pleased the trunk was not hollow, as had been suggested by others.
Nonetheless, it was time for the big red oak to come down. It was a treasured tree while it lasted.
New WOW Van now serving in county
The new WOW Van is now on duty in Wright County. (Photo courtesy of Wright County Public Health)
The new WOW Van is now on duty in Wright County. (Photo courtesy of Wright County Public Health)
Beginning Jan. 19, Wright County Public Health's Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program officially started putting the new WOW Van to use.
In celebration of American Heart Month this February, the WOW Program is highlighting ways to a healthy heart.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect the heart, including blood vessel diseases, heart rhythm problems, and heart defects people are born with (congenital heart defects).
Many risk factors for heart disease can be prevented and controlled with lifestyle choices. Quitting tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active are three of the most impactful ways to reduce risk for heart disease. Improving diet choices to include more fruits and vegetables and less sodium, sugar, and saturated/trans fats is also an effective way to reduce one's risk for heart disease.
The WOW Program provides many services that can evaluate and improve heart health. WOW nurses can assess an individual's risk factors for heart disease, administer screenings, and educate on healthy lifestyle choices. Screenings include blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, and hemoglobin A1C testing.
The WOW Van continues to visit four sites per month. Services are provided inside the following facilities: the first Thursday at Monticello High School (3-7 p.m.), second Tuesday at the Delano Senior Center (2-6 p.m.), third Thursday at the Annandale City Hall (2-6 p.m.), and fourth Tuesday at the Cokato Library (2-6 p.m). The 2017 WOW Program schedule is available at www.co.wright.mn.us/calendar.aspx?CID=29 or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WrightCtyPublicHealth). Call 763-682-7516 (toll-free 1-800-362-3667 ext. 7516) with questions or to schedule an appointment.
STMA bond referendum proposal approved by voters last Tuesday
A St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) bond referendum proposal was approved by the voters on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The unofficial results are 2,877 yes votes to 2,526 no votes (53.3% Yes and 46.7% No), according to an announcement on the school district website Tuesday night.
"Please note these results are unofficial until the school board canvasses the results on Feb. 13," the announcement stated.
Voters were asked to make a decision on a $36 million bond proposal. Bond projects include improvements in the areas of safety, technology, maintenance, and activities (including a second sheet of ice at the arena). The tax impact on a $200,000 value home would be $45 annually ($3.75/month). State aid pays approximately 60% of the bond, according to STMA.
The bond proposal includes:
Safety - Secure entrances to buildings at Albertville Primary, Middle School East and STMA High School. Relocate baseball field, track, tennis courts, and football field to the high school to increase student and community safety by increasing stadium crowd capacity, reducing student travel, and providing quicker access to the athletic trainer.
Technology - Update infrastructure and data center. Replace computers and mobile devices.
Maintenance - Improve energy efficiency. Add classrooms at the High School and Albertville Primary to meet facility needs for the future. Repair Middle School East pool. Replace football field at Middle School West with an artificial turf all-purpose facility at the high school that has increased seating, improved lighting and sound and can meet many athletic, arts, and community needs.
Activities - Add a cover (dome) to the artificial turf all-purpose facility at the high school to create community access for youth organizations, community expos, art events, music concert series, marching band, dance team, speech tournament, PE use during the day, and high school team use (lacrosse, soccer, baseball, softball and football). Free walking/running for community members and toddler/youth open play times. Add another sheet of indoor ice (new hockey arena).
TCF Bank statement on closures issued
TCF Bank has issued a statement regarding plans to close ten branch locations in April, including the branch location in the Buffalo Cub Foods store.
TCF Bank recently re-newed its contract with Cub Foods to serve as its primary retail banking partner in Minnesota through 2021. When TCF Bank closes ten branches in Cub Foods stores in April, ATMs will remain at these locations.
After the ten branches close, TCF Bank will have 279 ATMs and 88 branch locations in Minnesota, including 39 branches located inside Cub Foods stores.
In Buffalo, there are two TCF Bank ATMs, and both will remain after the branch closes. One ATM is at the branch location inside Cub Foods at 1008 East Highway 55. Another ATM is in the Target store at 1300 State Highway 55 NE.
The nearest TCF Bank branch to Buffalo is at 216 7th St. W., Monticello. It is approximately 9 miles away.
According to TCF's statement, "TCF Bank signed a new multi-year banking services agreement with SUPERVALU to serve as the grocery retailer's primary retail banking partner in Cub Foods stores through 2021. As part of its commitment to the Minnesota market, TCF Bank is enhancing its retail branches, ATM footprint and online technologies to deliver a quality customer service. These include technology enhancements at retail branches to streamline transactions, redesigning branch layouts to support deeper customer relationships, and the addition of ATMs throughout the market.
"In conjunction with the new agreement, TCF Bank will close 10 retail branches inside Cub Foods stores on April 14, 2017. TCF Bank is committed to minimizing the impact of these changes on its customers and team members. ATMs will remain at the impacted branch locations and, for or a majority of these locations, another TCF Bank branch is between one and three miles away. TCF Bank also expects to retain many of the affected team members at its other 88 branches in Minnesota, including its 39 branches in Cub Foods stores."
Closing branches inside Cub Foods stores include:
- Lakeville, 7435 179th St. W.;
- Har Mar, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville;
- Arden Hills, 3717 Lexington Ave. N.;
- Burnsville S., 1750 West County Road 42;
- Buffalo, 1008 East Highway 55;
- Sun-Ray Cub, 2195 Old Hudson Rd., Saint Paul;
- Eagan East, 1020 Diffley Rd., Eagan;
- Brookdale, 3245 County Road 10, Brooklyn Center;
- Silver Lake, 3930 Silver Lake Rd. NE, Minneapolis;
- Brooklyn Park, 7555 W. Broadway Ave.
Buffalo's power supplier adds wind energy
The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has expanded its portfolio of renewable resources to include power from the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. Power output from the 78-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in Stearns County, further demonstrates the Agency's commitment to renewable energy, according to an MMPA news release.
In addition to the power generation provided by the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, the Agency's renewable energy portfolio includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities.
"We are proud to add this new renewable source to our power supply portfolio," said MMPA Chairman, John Crooks. "Renewable energy is a key component of our power supply and is important to our members' customers."
MMPA takes a long-term approach to power supply planning that includes assembling a diversified portfolio of owned and purchased generation containing both conventional and renewable resources. This approach allows the Agency to maintain flexibility in the rapidly-changing electric utility industry and positions the Agency well for the future.
Oncu Er, Vice President of Planning for Avant Energy, MMPA's management partner said, "MMPA's renewable energy investments support the Agency's ability to deliver competitively-priced power to its members. In addition, a portion of these renewable resources help us meet the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard, which requires 25 percent of the Agency's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025."
MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.
MMPA provides wholesale electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities. The Agency is comprised of municipal utilities in: Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee, and Winthrop.
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Still together after 65 years
At work or at play, Frank and Marvel Korbel enjoy everything they do, as long as they do it together
By Ed DuBois
Living together and working together, Frank and Marvel Korbel of Buffalo have stayed together 65 years. Their wedding in 1951 was near Menomonie, Wis. They lived in the Twin Cities a while and then moved to Buffalo in 1964.
Frank worked at Honeywell in Golden Valley 38 years, and Marvel was a custodian 27 years at St. John's Lutheran Church in Buffalo. They each had full-time jobs, but they enjoyed working together on home improvement projects during evenings and weekends.
"We were always together. We worked together on six houses," Marvel said.
She commented that a good relationship with God has helped them stay together for so long.
Busy and happy
Frank recalled one of their projects west of town.
"In 1972, we bought 45 acres by Twin Lakes. We put a house in there, and we lived there from 1972 to 1993."
Another project west of Buffalo involved trees instead of a house. Around 1989, 4,000 trees, including oak, pine, ash, and poplar, were planted on some land they owned.
"You should see it now!" Frank declared.
The trees that were planted are now a forest.
Frank mentioned that besides improving homes, he enjoyed buying old pickup trucks and fixing them up.
Grew up on a farm
Maybe his work habits came from his upbringing on a farm near Boyceville, Wis. He went to school through the eighth grade. He did odd jobs for a while, and then he served two years in the Army. Soon after the end of World War II, he served in Japan.
"There were still snipers there when we arrived," he said.
One of his duties involved working as the company commander's driver. His unit was in Kagoshima.
Frank said Kagoshima Bay is similar to Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese had conducted simulated attacks at Kagoshima Bay to prepare for the attack on Pearl Harbor.
After his service with the Army was finished, Frank met Marvel in 1948.
Met at a wedding
"I was at the high school, and I went with a friend to the nearby city hall, where a wedding reception was underway," Marvel said. "We went in to see if we could go in and dance."
Frank was there because it was his sister's wedding.
Marvel was holding some morning glories, and when she put the flowers down, Frank picked them up and said he wouldn't give them back until Marvel agreed to let him give her a ride home.
"You can't do that. My parents are there waiting for me," Marvel said.
She lived on a farm about halfway between Boyceville and Menomonie.
To Twin Cities
A relationship that began in the area where they both grew up continued after they both moved to the Twin Cities. Frank worked for a while at the Sears warehouse in Minneapolis, and then he started his career with Honeywell, where he was a manufacturing operator. Marvel worked at the Woolworth dime store.
Their wedding on Sept. 14, 1951 took place at the Slovak Lutheran Church near Boyceville.
When they started their family, they looked for a place outside Minneapolis.
"We were looking in the Osseo area, and one day we ended up in Buffalo," Marvel recalled. "WCCO Radio was always talking about Buffalo. We wanted to see what it was like."
It did not take long to feel attracted to Buffalo.
"I saw the lake and said, 'This is where I want to live,'" Marvel remembered.
They raised six children: David, Daniel, Denise, Douglas, Dana, and Darlene. Today, they have 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren (plus two on the way).
After all the years of living together and working together, Frank and Marvel enjoyed doing things together during their retirement years.
Marvel mentioned they once hiked all the way to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs. It took 13 hours.
"This was before we retired. We were about 60 years old," Frank said.
Marvel recalled they took a railway ride down the mountain.
During part of their retirement, from 1993 to 2010, Frank and Marvel lived near Longville, Minn. on Blackwater Lake (between Brainerd and Bemidji). They said they had a 70-foot dock, and their children's families often visited.
For 15 years, Frank and Marvel spent the winter months in Arizona. They enjoyed two trips to Alaska, where Marvel said the Mt. McKinley was a favorite place to see. They also enjoyed the mountain scenery of Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Back to Buffalo
Their last winter in Arizona was in 2010, when they moved back to Buffalo. They are now both in their eighties. Frank is 89, and Marvel is 84.
They decided to move out of the lake home near Longville because they didn't want to "be moved" when they were no longer able to move themselves.
Meanwhile, they continue to stay together and do things together. They recently spent some time in Florida.
Frank enjoyed telling about their quiet New Year's Eve celebration together at home. They picked up a few meals at the Culver's restaurant in town.
"We had a candlelight Culver's dinner together," Frank said with a smile.
It doesn't seem to matter what they do, as long as they do it together.
H.S. sweethearts wed 75 years
Art and Ruby Geisinger of Annandale met at a free show in South Haven and have been together ever since
By Ed DuBois
A little agate spider helped Art Geisinger find his future wife, Ruby. Art had seen Ruby in school, and he knew she would probably go to a free show in South Haven. That was his chance to meet her, but first he had to find her in a large crowd. He looked for that agate spider.
"I was looking around for that bug," he said.
South Haven had a railroad water stop, and free silent movies that were projected on the side of building at the site were very popular.
"Everyone was there for the free show," Art recalled.
"The shows made that little town big," Ruby confirmed.
Art was looking for her at the show, but was Ruby looking for a potential sweetheart?
"He was available; then I was looking," she said with a big smile.
Five years later in 1942, they were married. The Annandale couple recently celebrated their 75th anniversary.
Art said Ruby was very athletic. He often saw her in lunchtime basketball games at school. She was very fast in track, and she won some money in the local Fourth of July race.
Art was one of the fastest runners among the boys. But while Ruby earned a letter in athletics, Art said he earned a letter in agriculture.
Farm in Nebraska
Art lived on a farm near Grand Island, Neb. until he was six years old. The farm was on the Platte River. He said the area was home to "sandhill cranes by the thousands."
Farming was a tremendous struggle in 1928. The Dust Bowl years were coming. Art said the river was all sandbars.
His dad had heard conditions were better in Minnesota, so he bought a farm in Albion Township near Annandale. Art was one of twelve children in the family. He was the second youngest. He remembers the country schoolhouse was about two miles from the farm. Many years later, he helped get that schoolhouse moved to Minnesota Pioneer Park on the eastern edge of Annandale.
Ruby was an only child on an Annandale-area farm just east of Lake Sylvia. She said she met Art when they were both in high school.
Almost did not go to school
The high school sweethearts are now in their nineties. Art is 96, and Ruby is 93.
Art recalled his dad was not going to let him go to high school. There was too much work to do on the farm.
"But I wanted to go to school, and I kept pestering him," Art said. "I kept pestering him right up to the first day of school. As the school bus approached, I said, "The bus is here; I'm going to school.'"
His dad paused a second and then replied, "Well, I guess we'll try it."
Art said farming was a struggle, and he wanted to look into other occupations.
"When the bus came, I got on it," he stated.
He added that, despite the struggle, "we always had a nice farm." It was the same in Nebraska. There were hard times, but the farm was always in good order.
Art recalled one bad year when the whole crop was put in the barn for the cattle. The corn was only about two feet tall that year.
Ruby's dad managed by working in other trades in addition to farming. He was a carpenter, an assessor, a mechanic, and an ice producer. He put his mechanical skills to work after each harvest by taking the thresher apart to get it prepared for the next harvest.
He cut ice in the area lakes and built his own custom, portable ice saw.
Ruby said he fell in the lake a few times.
Over at the Geisinger farm, Art's dad was crippled due to an accident that occurred while cutting down a big tree. But he was a good manager, Art said. He would sit by a window to watch his seven boys work.
"He kept us busy," Art said.
Years later, the boys were surprised when their dad sold the farm. He needed the money for retirement. "You are going to have to find something for yourselves," they were told.
Art was drafted toward the end of World War II. The local draft board assigned him to lead "the Wright County boys" to Fort Snelling. However, before the boys were enlisted, the war ended. Art was told to "take the Wright County boys home; the war is over."
For a while, Art rented some land to farm just south of Annandale. He was then offered an 80-acre farm near South Haven. The price was the taxes owed and the current expenses. It was a great deal, he said.
Those were the days when loans could be based on character if there was no collateral. Art was able to get a loan from the bank in Maple Lake to buy farm equipment at a Lampi auction.
However, rheumatic fever put an end to his farming career in 1951. He found a job at a local creamery operated by a farm co-op, and it was not long before he approached the board of directors about hiring him as the manager. The creamery was failing, and Art told the board he could fix it. The board gave him 90 days to show what he could do, and he said, "Fair enough."
He served as the manager several years before taking an insurance sales job in 1965 with Lutheran Brotherhood (which later became Thrivent). "I needed a pension," he said. He was top producer during 20 years with the company.
Agree not to fight
Art and Ruby, whose wedding was at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township on Jan. 1, 1942, raised three boys, Gary, Ron and Kevin. A big 75th wedding anniversary party took place at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.
Art and Ruby said staying married 75 years involves keeping disagreements to a minimum. In other words, say what needs to be said, and then drop it.
"We promised each other to simply don't say more," Ruby commented.
"No argument is 100 percent right," Art stated. "Give credit to your spouse."
"Never hit," he added.
People have told them their advice has helped, Art and Ruby mentioned. Besides, less fighting helps you live longer. Both Art and Ruby are proof of that.
Their retirement years have included 20 winters in Arizona.
Art survived Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. He said it is sometimes referred to by a nickname, French polio. The key to beating it, he explained, is, "Keep moving."
He has always been a man on the move. He and Ruby have enjoyed staying involved with the community. Art has been active with the Wright County Historical Society and Minnesota Pioneer Park, and Ruby has been involved with the Grand Army of the Republic.
Eighty years later
Art and Ruby have known each other about 80 years, and through it all, they have stayed close. Art still remembers that "bug" Ruby liked to wear, and how he searched for that bug to find Ruby in the crowd at the free show in South Haven. They became high school sweethearts and then married in 1942.