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Veterans memorial planned in W’bago

By Staff | Aug 14, 2011

Jerry Johannsen plans on spearheading a project that will bring a veterans memorial park to Winnebago.

At Tuesday’s Winnebago City Council meeting, council members were impressed with Johannsen’s ideas and designated a spot in Whiting Park.

The unanimous vote gave the memorial priority to occupy the empty space over a potential skate park.

“It will honor all six branches of the service,” Johannsen says. “There is not much in town to show support of military service.”

Johannsen says the project is in its early stages, but will take a year and a half to two years to raise funds and work out logistics before the first concrete slab is poured.

“I want something nice that the city can be proud of,” Johannsen says.

He points to the city of Prinsburg as an excellent model Winnebago could follow. Prinsburg spent upward of $60,000 on their project and Johannsen hopes for a similar price tag for Winnebago’s.

“I think it would be an attraction for the city of Winnebago,” Johannsen says. “Prinsburg and the city of Oakley spent $90,000 combined on their projects and if you would add up their populations, they wouldn’t equal Winnebago’s.”

Johannsen feels raising funds for a memorial would not be difficult.

“I know there are people in the community who will help out with funding the project,” Johannsen says. “I have already spoken with Alliant Energy about the possibility of receiving grant money.” To see more of this article, see this week’s Register.