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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, March 6

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
     
    The kids really pitched in
     
    On Tuesday, Feb. 18, several students organized a Red Cross blood drive, and 38 students participated, donating 38 units of much needed blood.
     
    Some gave double reds, also, so the total blood collected could save up to 112 lives. Our young people are doing very good things, and we hope this can continue.
     
    Organizers for this event were the Youth Service and Careers class taught by Dee Lund.
     
    Student co-chairpersons were McKayla Gantenbein and Hayley Gunderson.
     
    These participants should be very proud of their efforts and their courage to help saving so many lives. Currently, only 3.5 percent of Americans give blood and these are almost all new donors — viva Thunder Hawks!
     
    —David Swenson
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    Montevideo
     
    We got our money’s worth
     
    I read with interest the American-News article stating that the truss bridge on Highway 7/59 was to be replaced.  I couldn’t help but think that this structure was something that the taxpayers more than got their monies worth.  
     
    It is also historically significant because I believe it to be one of the largest moving jobs ever under taken in our area. The bridge was not originally constructed in its present location.  It was constructed across the old river channel, about 1500 feet to the southeast.  
     
    As part of the Montevideo Belt Line Project, it was decided that the truss, including the concrete deck, could be moved in one piece to its present location across the channel change of the Chippewa River, approximately 1500 feet northwest. This part of the structure was 150 feet long and was estimated to weigh 375 ton. New abutments were placed, false work piling were driven at both locations, the structure was jacked up and slid sideways onto the false work.   Blocking was placed, railroad rails were placed on top of the blocking and the structure was winched down the road to its new location. The process was then reversed and the truss and concrete deck were slid sideways on to the new abutments where it sits today.  It was on the road for 6 weeks.  This was all part of the first project along with the weir dam which was recently removed and a substantial portion of the new grade.  
     
    The Belt Line project spanned 3 construction seasons ( 1958, 1959, 1960). Pedersen Brothers Inc. sub-contracted this portion of the work. The original Pedersen Bros. (Jack, Hans, Pete, and Mike) got their start on the Alcan Highway in the 1940s. In 1958, the company was managed by Doug Pedersen. Clyde Ronning was the office manager.  They were a local company with their office and yard in the north end of Smith Addition.
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    People who were part of the company were: foremen, Al Warnke, Norm Jurgens, Ingman Olson.  Chief carpenters were:  Chris Hagen, John Dahl, Tanhoff brothers Harold and Bob.  Operators were:  Jack Stevens, Bud Nordby, Harry Mulligan.    Also an assortment of skilled and unskilled laborers were employed.  Stanley Anderson of Monte also worked on the project.   Sylvia Jurgens, wife of Norm, resides in Montevideo.    
     
    Needless to say this project had a positive economic impact  on a lot of families.  Companies that furnished materials included Monte Ready Mix operated by Harlow Dilly.  He employed Stan Ronning, Virg Lange and several truck drivers.  Now the venerable old bridge, 56 years after it was rebuilt, is scheduled for replacement. Did we get our monies worth?  You bet!  If this old bridge could talk, it maybe would say that roads and bridges are a SUPER investment.
     
    —Gordon Baker, bridge inspector for the Minnesota Highway Department in 1958
     
    Montevideo
     
    Thanks for the support
     
    Even though our season ended much sooner than we had hoped, we wish to thank the community for their awesome support  through the years.  Without the support of our teammates, current and past coaches, family members, and the community, it would have been impossible to become the athletes we are. Unless a person has played a spectator sport you do not realize what it means to have so many people supporting you in the stands.  We were able to see that not only at home games but also at events out of town.  Many times our fans at away games outnumbered that of the home team we were playing.
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    We wish the best to the Thunderhawk teams in the future.
     
    Hopefully they will also reap the benefit of such great supporters as we had.   
     
    Thanks to everyone!
     
    —Class of 2014 Senior Basketball Boys Players
     
    Montevideo
     

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