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Dr. Corey Martin of Buffalo awarded Bush Fellowship

Dr. Corey Martin

By Ed DuBois

One of the key people who helped present the Bounce Back Project in Buffalo about a year and a half ago, Dr. Corey Martin, is among 24 community leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota who have been named 2017 Bush Fellows.

According to the Bush Foundation, the Bush Fellowship provides people with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes.

Dr. Martin said the Foundation was established in the 1960s with help from the 3M Corporation.  He is receiving $100,000 for personal and professional development.  During the application process, the applicant proposes how the funds would be used, and he would like to carry the Bounce Back Project a bit further by offering health care providers resiliency training and burnout training.

"We health care providers are bad at taking care of ourselves," he explained with a smile.

He talked about a methodology, "The Daring Way" by Brené Brown, and how it explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness while helping people examine thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are holding them back.  A goal is to develop shame resilience skills.

Dr. Martin also spoke about how socially connected people are happier.  A group that meets on Mondays has been exploring that idea.  Dr. Martin is involved with the group, and he is also involved with a book club at the high school.  He would like to share resilience techniques with students at the high school and at the Phoenix Learning Center.

While announcing the 2017 Bush Fellows, the Foundation provided the following statement about Dr. Martin:

"Corey Martin is driven to build resiliency, vulnerability and compassion into healthcare systems, schools, police departments, businesses, and homes.  He is a physician whose journey of self-reflection and growth led him to found the Bounce Back Project, a community initiative to promote health through happiness.  He also is lead physician in Allina Health's response to clinician burnout.  He wants to incorporate 'positivity' and resilience practices into his local health care system and improve mental health throughout his community.  He will use his Bush Fellowship to pursue advanced leadership training, build his own mindfulness practice and become a certified facilitator in The Daring Way and Center for Courage and Renewal."

Dr. Martin is among 639 people who applied for 2017 Bush Fellowship.

"The 2017 Bush Fellows are extraordinary leaders who make significant contributions to their communities," said Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy. "The Bush Fellowship is both a recognition of their accomplishments, and a bet on their potential to make an even bigger impact on our region."

The 24 Fellows were selected through a multi-stage process involving Bush Fellow alumni, Bush Foundation staff and established regional leaders.  Applicants described their leadership vision and passion and how a Bush Fellowship would help them achieve their goals.

Dr. Martin said the application process was intense, and it lasted from last September to March.  It began with nine essays (answers to nine questions), and after the field of applicants was decreased to 65, he wrote two more essays and provided personal references.  A one-hour phone interview was followed by an in-person interview in St. Paul after the field of applicants was reduced to 36.  He was interviewed by former Bush Fellows and community leaders.

Was it all worth it?  Dr. Martin said, "Yes, the Bush Fellowship pays training and provides a living subsidy so he can work halftime in Buffalo while taking part in training opportunities.

He was encouraged all along the way by Buffalo Hospital President Jen Myster.

"In fact, she was one of my personal references," Dr. Martin said.

He has been very glad to be part of the Buffalo community while helping himself and others learn more about self-care and self-compassion, he stated.

He mentioned receiving many requests to speak about the Bounce Back Project all over the state and beyond.  In fact, he is speaking at a New York City hospital soon, as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Originally from Steele, N.D. (near Bismarck), he is a North Dakota State University and Yale Medical School graduate.  He said he ended up on the East Coast because that's where his future wife went to work after graduating in North Dakota.

Dr. Martin completed his specialty training in Bismarck, and then he came to Buffalo in 2005.  He likes being "a small town guy," and he has been a family practice physician during most of his time here.  Now he is the chief medical officer.  His work as a physician now solely involves colonoscopies.  His other work is "administrative stuff," he said.

 

 

Bond refunding and staff restructuring issue addressed by County Board

By Ed DuBois

A bond refunding motion was approved by the Wright County Board last Tuesday, March 28, as expected.  But much of the board meeting was devoted to an unexpected issue with a clerical staff restructuring in the Sheriff's Office.

Commissioner Darek Vetsch said there has been much pushback in regard to eliminating the positions of two supervisors.  He added that the County Board needs to take a close look at the restructuring and determine if it "passes the smell test."

Board Chair Charlie Borrell commented that he is in favor of streamlining government.  The restructuring of the sheriff's clerical staff appears to do that because it reduces the staff by 1.5 full-time equivalents (FTE).

Vetsch said the county should be building and fostering good working relationships.  He expressed frustration with how the restructuring took place.

In regard to improving the efficiency of the clerical staff by reorganizing the unit, Vetsch said, "Employee morale can also result in better efficiency."

The sheriff had worked on the restructuring with Wright County Human Resources Director Sunny Hesse and Chief Deputy Todd Hoffman.  A new business manager is starting work April 3.

Hesse told the Board it is never easy to restructure staff, but the goal is to work toward better efficiency.

Vetsch suggested a lot of heartache might have been avoided if more questions had been asked and the matter had been more thoroughly and properly vetted.

Karen Davis, one of the supervisor's whose positions are being eliminated, stated that supervisor positions are not being eliminated in any other Sheriff's Office units.

"I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me," Davis said.

She added that she was not informed about the decision until March 22.

Davis and the other supervisor can apply for two new positions, but they are not supervisor positions and do not pay as well as their current positions.

Hesse was asked if the restructuring was done to save money.  She said the main goal in a restructuring is to align tasks to appropriate levels.

Vetsch indicated the Board usually does not get involved with how each department is operated, but he felt the restructuring matter needed a closer look.

The Board took no action on the matter.  Instead, it was laid over for possible action next week.

In other business:

 

REFINANCING

The Board discussed whether or not to combine a refunding of jail bonds with bonding for the county's upcoming courts facility project.  The commissioners decided to go ahead with the jail bond refunding now and bond for the courts facility later.  There are too many unknowns related to the size and cost of the courts facility at this time.

The refunding (or refinancing) of the bonds for the Law Enforcement Center (LEC), which includes the jail, will result in a much lower interest rate and save the county about $6.74 million.

Bruce Kimmel of the Ehlers financial consulting firm was asked why the LEC cost about $50 million to build, and ten years later the county still owes roughly $40 million.  He said the first years of payments on bonds are mostly interest.  The same thing happens when you pay a mortgage on a house.

Before the Board voted in favor of the bond refunding, the commissioners voted in favor of an agreement with Ehlers to serve as the county's bond adviser for a fee not to exceed $50,000.

 

SECURITY GRANT

The Board considered two possible grant applications for funds to provide security features in the new courts facility.  They chose between applying for $37,580 or applying for $576,039.  The county would need to match the grant, which is available through the State Court Administrators Office.

The facility is being planned with about $1.1 million worth of security features.  Therefore, the Board decided to apply for a $576,039 grant.

 

P&Z

The Board accepted a Planning Commission recommendation to approve a request from Janis Olson to rezone about 33 acres in Buffalo Township from agricultural use to A/R agricultural-residential use.

The Board also accepted a recommendation to approve a request from Gary Forsberg to rezone about 40 acres in French Lake Township from agricultural use to A/R agricultural-residential use.

 

MISC.

In other actions, the Board:

- scheduled an April 4 closed session at 8:30 a.m. to discuss a counteroffer on property near the Law Enforcement Center, where the courts facility could be located;

- approved sending a letter of support for the Great River Region Library (GRRL) system to local legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton;

- authorized attendance at a Minnesota Department of Health orientation for county commissioners June 15-16 in St. Paul;

- Authorized signatures on the first amendment to the operating agreement between YMCA Camp Manitou, Wright County and the City of Monticello in regard to the construction and use of the Bertram Beach House;

- approved municipal state aid street designation for a small portion of County Rd. 119 in St. Michael;

approved filling positions for an assistant county attorney, a sergeant in the Sheriff's Office and a financial assistance supervisor in Health & Human Services; and

- approved $195,896 in claims involving 412 transactions with 179 vendors.

 

 

Evan Ronken hired as the next human resources director for BHM Schools

Evan Ronken

By Ed DuBois

The next human re-sources director for the Buffalo Hanover Montrose (BHM) School District, Evan Ronken, was ap-proved and welcomed by the School Board last Monday evening, March 27.

Ronken succeeds Mor-een Orr, who is retiring on May 31 after 15 years of service.

Ronken has been serving BHM Schools in other positions.  He began his career in BHM Schools in 2004 as a Buffalo High School social studies teacher.  After 11 years in the classroom, Ronken was appointed the district's Program for Professional Development Coordinator (known as PPD or Q-Comp) in 2015.  PPD helps districts: recruit and retain highly qualified teachers, encourage teachers to undertake challenging assignments, support teachers' roles in improving students' educational achievement, and provide incentives to encourage teachers to improve their knowledge and instructional skills to improve student learning.  Part of his responsibilities in the PPD position included: evaluating and managing a team of five instructional coaches, creating program forms, manuals and web resources, and leading program-related professional development opportunities.

The interview team said Ronken's strengths include: articulate and strong communicator, excellent listener, collaborative, approachable, calm demeanor, and cares about the impact of staff on students.

Supt. Scott Thielman says Ronken is, has been and will continue to be a great fit for BHM Schools.

"He is an analytical person who is very approachable and a terrific communicator.  I believe that the combination of these characteristics and others will enable Evan to be very successful in his new role working with the employees of BHM Schools," Thielman stated in a BHM news release.

Ronken sees the director of human resources position as one who operates in the background, unseen, to ensure that all employees can focus on the needs of the students.

"I will continue to build upon the success of the leadership already in place in the district," he told district officials.  "The skills required by an HR director are unique but compliment my own personal strengths and skills.  I am a team player who believes in shared leadership.  I have always relied upon the input of colleagues and mentors to gain perspective to achieve the best resolution when issues arise.  I look forward to this new challenge while remaining in the district that I love."

Ronken will start his new position May 1, 2017.

In other business:

 

REFINANCING

The Board approved a resolution to refinance a lease agreement for the Montrose Early Education Center.  Instead of an interest rate of 5.55 percent, BHM will have a new rate of 2.99 percent.  The savings over remaining seven years of the lease is expected to be $96,000.  The current lease matures on May 1, 2025.  The new lease will mature a year earlier on May 1, 2024.

 

BIDS REJECTED

The Board approved a recommendation from John Heltunen, buildings and grounds director, to reject both bids on a re-roofing and masonry rehabilitation project at the middle school.  The engineer's estimate for the project was $230,000, but the bids were $471,900 and $491,000.

A short window to complete the project while the swimming pool was closed may have been a factor that influenced the bidding.

Heltunen said the matter will be analyzed, and hopefully, a new bidding process in the future will produce better results.

 

ROAD AND LOT

Better bidding results were reported in regard to paving the middle school's west parking lot and the north drive lanes at the high school.

The engineer's estimate was $561,125, and the lowest of six bids was $376,437.

The low bidder is Johnsonville LLC of Buffalo.  The bid was examined closely and determined to be solid.

The other bids ranged from $474,725 to $615,247.

 

EUROPE TRIPS

The Board approved a high school student trip to France from March 29 to April 7 to study the language in France while exploring history and culture.

The Board also approved a high school student trip to Germany from June 12-29.  The trip is part of an exchange partnership that began in 2001.  Students are living with host families, attending school and touring cities.

 

MISC.

In other actions, the Board:

- approved $22,891 in donations, including a live theater and curriculum package worth $11,180 for Tatanka Elementary School and $9,060 from DES (Discovery Elementary School) Families and Friends for an I Love to Read fundraiser;

- approved an updated policy on school attendance boundaries (with better language);

- approved the termination and non-renewal of contracts with nine probationary teachers for various reasons (which commonly takes place at about this time every year);

- approved the discontinuation of contracts with 11 faculty members, mostly long-term substitute teachers (which also commonly takes place at about this time every year); and

- received a student council report from Mitch Bunting, who said RAVE (Respect and Value Everyone) Week was completed smoothly, and good feedback was received in regard to a distracted driving presentation by Pat Hackman from Safe Communities of Wright County (He also spoke about a spring conference and an upcoming Bison Field Festival with a cookout and music, in conjunction with Senior Appreciation Day.).

 

PROUD OF

The School Board is proud of:

- PES (Parkside Elementary School) students who raised $7,092 for the American Heart Association through their Jump Rope for Heart event in February; and

- Pam Miller, director of teaching and learning, who received the Outstanding Central Office Leader Award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

 

CALENDAR

Upcoming calendar dates include:

- Monday, April 10, Board Workshop, 4:30 p.m., Buffalo Community Middle School;

- Monday, April 24, Board Retreat, noon-6:00 p.m.;

- Monday, April 24, Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Board Room; and

- Saturday, April 29, ECFE Family Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., DES gym.

 

 

Delano resident charged with orchestrating $30 million stock manipulation scheme

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker has announced a 13-count indictment charging Ryan Gilbertson, 41, founder of Dakota Plains, Inc., Douglas Hoskins, 48, and Nicholas Shermeta, 49, with wire fraud stemming from a complex stock manipulation scheme that resulted in the company owing more than $30 million in fraudulent bonus payments.  The defendants are expected to make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis within the next week.

Gilbertson lives in Delano.  Hoskins lives in Wayzata, and Shermeta is a Minnetonka resident.

According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, an attorney representing Gilbertson said he will fight the charges.

"This (alleged) fraud scheme, like other financial crimes involving the mail, erodes public trust and threatens the integrity of the U.S. Mail," said Craig Goldberg, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Denver Division, which includes Minnesota. "It is critical we make every effort to protect shareholders from being cheated. To help protect the public and ensure America's confidence in the U.S. Mail, Postal Inspectors are committed to working with our federal, state and local partners to aggressively investigate any fraud in which the mail is used."

"IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to unraveling complex financial transactions where individuals, such as Ryan Randall Gilbertson, Douglas Vaughn Hoskins, and Nicholas Harris Shermeta (allegedly) operated a stock scheme to defraud investors," stated Shea Jones, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-CI's St. Paul Field Office. "Those individuals who engage in this type of stock manipulation fraud should know they will not go undetected and will be held accountable."

"As alleged, each of the defendants played a key role in this complex fraud scheme," said Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Thornton of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. "The FBI will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure those who engage in this type of criminal behavior will be brought to justice."

According to the indictment, in December 2008, Gilbertson and his business partner (identified in the indictment as "Individual A") founded Dakota Plains, Inc. (Dakota Plains), a privately held Minnesota corporation that owned and operated a transloading facility in New Town, North Dakota, for loading crude oil onto trains for transport to oil refineries.

According to the indictment, in January 2011, Gilbertson and his partner caused Dakota Plains to issue a $1.9 million cash dividend to shareholders, from which Gilbertson and his ex-wife received nearly $450,000 in dividend payments. That same month, Gilbertson and his partner caused Dakota Plains to issue $3.5 million in promissory notes (the "Senior Notes") from which Gilbertson purchased a $1 million promissory note and another $100,000 promissory note in the name of Total Depth Foundation, Gilbertson's nonprofit corporation. In April 2011, Gilbertson and his partner caused Dakota Plains to issue $5.5 million in promissory notes (the "Junior Notes") in which Gilbertson instructed the company to include an "additional payment" provision stating that the noteholders would receive bonus payments based on the price of Dakota Plains' stock at the time of an initial public offering ("IPO"). From the Junior Notes, Gilbertson purchased a $2 million promissory note and another $250,000 promissory note on behalf of Total Depth Foundation.

According to the indictment, in November 2011, at Gilbertson's direction, Dakota Plains combined the Senior Notes and Junior Notes into a series of consolidated promissory notes (the "Consolidated Notes"). Gilbertson then directed Dakota Plains to alter the "additional payment" provision from the Junior Notes to (a) apply to the new total value of the Consolidated Notes; and (b) apply not only in the event of an IPO but also if Dakota Plains became public via a reverse merger. Specifically, the "additional payment" provision provided that if Dakota Plains' average stock price exceeded $2.50 per share during the first 20 days of public trading, the noteholders would receive bonus payments which would increase relative to the average stock price.

According to the indictment, as part of the scheme, in late 2011 and early 2012, Gilbertson arranged for Dakota Plains to become a publicly traded company by entering into a "reverse merger" agreement with MCT Holding Corporation ("MCT"), a public shell company that owned a single defunct tanning salon in Salt Lake City, Utah. At Gilbertson's direction, Hoskins, who was a player and manager for Gilbertson's polo team, purchased 50,000 freely trading shares of MCT stock and opened a trading account with a broker in Salt Lake City, Utah, which would allow him to sell the MCT stock. Hoskins, who had no prior investing experience or assets and a significant amount of debt, received $30,000 from Gilbertson to purchase the stock. On March 23, 2012, following the merger of Dakota Plains with MCT, Dakota Plains Holdings became a publicly traded company.

According to the indictment, on the first day of public trading, Hoskins offered to sell his newly acquired shares for an inflated price of approximately $12 per share at Gilbertson's direction, and continued to do so throughout the first 20 days of trading following the reverse merger. During this same time period, Shermeta, who had a series of bogus consulting agreements with Gilbertson, began purchasing shares of Dakota Plains stock on behalf of both himself and his clients at inflated prices without their knowledge. Throughout the 20-day period following the reverse merger, Gilbertson, with the help of Shermeta and Hoskins, manipulated the price of Dakota Plains stock to increase the average trading price to $11.30 per share which, as stated in the "additional payment" provision in the Consolidated Notes, triggered a bonus payment of approximately $32,851,800 to Gilbertson and the other noteholders. Gilbertson, who controlled 40 percent of the Consolidated Notes, was entitled to more than $12 million in bonus payments.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph H. Thompson and Kimberly A. Svendsen.

 

 

Loretto man dies due to crash near Delano

A 49-year-old Loretto resident died due to a crash near Delano last Thursday night, March 23.

Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reported that on March 23 at approximately 11:24 p.m. the Wright County Communications Center received a report about a single-vehicle crash near 5836 65th St SE in Franklin Township.  Responding deputies located a 2005 Chevy Suburban that had collided with a tree, causing extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.  Deputies found the vehicle occupied by one person.  They were unable to remove the occupant and requested Delano Fire and Rescue to assist with extrication.  The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The sole occupant and driver was identified as David Sabourin, 49, of Loretto.

It was determined the vehicle was northbound on County Line Rd. when it failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck a tree.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by Delano Fire and Rescue, Ridgeview Ambulance, West Hennepin Public Safety, and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

According to WCCO, Sabourin's family said he was a father of four and was the owner of Sabourin's Liquor Store.  He also reportedly worked as a custodian at Delano High School.  A co-worker at the high school, Terry Cook, told WCCO Sabourin had a bubbly personality and was caring and likeable.  Sabourin was a volunteer firefighter who helped care for his sick mother, according to WCCO.  He was also a cancer survivor.

According to his obituary, Sabourin was preceded in death by his father, Glynn Sabourin.  He is survived by: his wife, Shelly; his children, Makenna, 16, Isabella, 14, Kaiden, 12, and Tyler, 24; his mother, Marge Sabourin; and siblings, Judy (Tim) Hoover and Paul (Lisa) Sabourin.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Hamel Fire Department for 13 years, owner of Sabourin's Wine & Liquor in Rockford, Minn. and a custodian with the Delano School District.

"David was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off of his back.  He was a kind, caring, loving and giving person who was admired by many.  He adored his family and loved to hunt, fish, take his kids water tubing and enjoy weekends at their cabin," according to the obituary.

His visitation was on Wednesday, March 29 from 4-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. reading of his eulogy, at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, Plymouth.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of Saint Anne, Hamel on Thursday, March 30 at 10 a.m.  His burial will follow the ceremony at Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope.  A luncheon will follow the burial at the Church of St. Anne.  Memorials are preferred to the family for an education fund for his four children.

 

 

Techmate computer repair business opens in Buffalo

Techmate, a new computer repair business in Buffalo, opened recently.  Pictured above are (from left): Miranda Kramer (Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce officer/Ambassador), Tom Kuzma (Chamber officer), Andrew Nickel of Techmate (cutting the ribbon), Sue Olmscheid (Chamber President), Terri Fredrick (Chamber Ambassador), Jeremy Welter (Chamber Ambassador), and Techmate owners Dan and Jodi Nickel.  Techmate offers repair services for computers, tablets and cellphones, and can offer full IT solutions for businesses.  They aim to be your friendly technical resource.  They are located at  201 5th St. NE in Soo Town.  Techmate offers discounts to public safety employees, the military and seniors.  They also have a location in St. Michael.  A Grand Opening with grilled hotdogs and prize drawings is planned on Saturday, April 8.  All are welcomes to come and check out their space and service offerings.  (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce)

 

 

Aurora Solar Project sites nearing completion

Enel Green Power North America was asked about the status of the Aurora Solar Project sites, including three sites in Wright County near Annandale, Buffalo and Montrose.  The above photo of the huge array near Annandale was provided this week, along with the following statement: "The current and past weather conditions have made for a challenging work environment at the Aurora sites throughout Minnesota, but we are working to complete the project as soon as possible.  As of today, Annandale, Lake Pulaski and Montrose are substantially complete, meaning that all substantial construction activities have been completed, site restoration work is ongoing and, weather permitting, will resume over the next several weeks.  Pending any additional weather events, we expect the commissioning of these three locations to occur over the next few weeks and the completion of all sixteen sites of the Aurora Solar Project by mid-year.  We are working as diligently and safely as possible to finalize the project in a timely manner." - Enel Green Power North America.

 

 

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Beyond the library books

Donations of beautiful stained glass windows and other art pieces enhance Buffalo Public Library

By Ed DuBois

Beyond the abundance of books to read on the shelves at the Buffalo Public Library, the large windows facing Buffalo Lake offer another reasons to visit the light brown brick building located just south of the Wright County Government Center.  Generous donations of both time and money have enhanced the library with beautiful stained glass artistry.

As the sun travels across the southern sky, the colorful images of the windows shine brilliantly, displaying flowers, rural scenery and some farm animals.  One of the more recent additions to the series of stained glass windows was created by Jeff Barber of Montrose in memory of Merle Lane.  Barber now lives on Lane's Montrose-area farm, and the images in the window are representative of the farm.

 

Water connection

The center window features a large Tree of Knowledge piece created by longtime former Buffalo resident Suzanne Henk.  She worked with her daughter, Hillary, on several stained glass windows in the library.  Interestingly, each window includes water imagery, which forms a connection from one window to the next.

The most recent stained glass window addition was created in memory of Mary Wherry, who was a librarian 21 years at the Buffalo Library.  She passed away in May 2016.  The new stained glass window honoring her was placed by the Friends of the Buffalo Library.  Amy Wittmann, branch manager at the Buffalo Library, said Mary liked gardens and pink flamingos, which are featured in the window that honors her memory.

Another window with a flower garden scene was donated by Judy Sandeen in memory of her mother, Beulah Sandeen.

 

In memory of a loved one

Over on the other side of the Tree of Knowledge is a window with a wood duck on a pond.  This window was donated by David and Margaret Randel in memory of their son, Patrick.  Margaret told Suzanne Henk that Patrick loved nature and water, and this information served as inspiration for the window.

Likewise, Henk was told by Sandeen that her mother loved gardens, flowers and reading.

The Henk family donated the center panels with the Tree of Knowledge.

 

Reading room donations

Other art pieces can by found in a reading room near the western library entrance.  A leather chair was donated by Judge Dale Mossey when he retired in 2011.  The chair had been in his office at the courthouse.

A Seasons of Buffalo Lake artwork on the wall next to the window was donated by local artist Howard Burgdorf.  When the seasons change, a panel showing the current season is moved the left side of the display (closest to the window).  Mark Johanson, a local resident, built the frame and hung the panels.

Jim Anderson, another local artist and woodworker, donated a clock for the room.

 

Donations encouraged

The library has many items that were donated to help enhance building.

"We encourage it if people want to donate more art.  We have more windows," Wittmann said.

For more stained glass projects, she said work by Henk and Barber would be preferred for the sake of consistency and matching the existing style.  She has contact information for both Henk and Barber if someone would like to commission a piece.

Wittmann mentioned that Setterberg Jewelers made the brass plates that provide information under each stained glass window.

"The first three stained glass windows were donated in 2006," Wittmann said.

A few more have been added more recently.

 

Visit the library

So, even if you don't need a book to read, stop at the Buffalo Library some day and have a look at the art that decorates the place.  Beyond the rows of bookshelves, the large windows facing Buffalo Lake offer another reason to visit the light brown brick building just south of the courthouse.