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Park makes Stockholm residents proud

New permanent benches have been added to Stockholm's park. Submitted photo

MAIDEN ROCK -- Stockholm residents have always been proud of their village park on the shores of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River, but never more than they are in 2008.

The park now has seven new permanent benches, and an improved and expanded playground for kids. The contributions of time and labor by Wayne Prokosch, owner of River City Welding, Harley Cochran, co-owner of Stockholm Gardens, and Joey Edline, along with a great deal of help from local citizens made the park improvement project possible.

The benches sit on concrete pads donated by Wieser Concrete Products of Maiden Rock, which were designed especially for the Stockholm benches. The benches were donated by the generosity of local citizens, many in memory of loved ones. Contributors were: Hap and Karel Palmberg, Joyce Biurquist, Wirth family (Adaline Florness), Will and Sue Corson, David and Linda Brassfield, Tim and Mary Anne Svoboda, and Leland and Lydia Krebs.

Another long-awaited park project was the installation and dedication of a one-ton piece of limestone at the entrance of the park, which has a bronze plaque imbedded in it by Tim Svoboda. The plaque honors Red Espenberger by naming the Stockholm Park after him. Jim Sterry donated his labor and the limestone rock to the project.

Stockholm commends its citizens, its loyal campers and all who helped for their generous donations and hard work toward making the park the very special place it is today.