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Joachimses ‘benching’ Wallingford

June 24, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

When Rich and Leroy Joachims set out to do something for the Wallingford Centennial, they didn't plan on a major construction project.

It just sort of happened.

To date, the Joachimses have built 52 benches ranging from three feet to eight feet for placement along the parade route in Wallingford which is holding its Centennial Aug. 10-11. They got the surplus lumber from EPS in Graettinger where Rich works. Leroy has been in the construction business for quite a while himself, owning and operating Joachims Construction and Insulation for 40 years.

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Rich and Leroy Joachims take a well-deserved rest on benches they built for the Wallingford Centennial.
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"We're just building them," said Rich, adding that the Wallingford Centennial Committee will hold a contest for folks around town who want to paint the benches, with prizes going for first, second and third place. To date, the Joachimses have painted four, placing one in front of the fire station and a couple in front of the post office.

"This was our way of helping with the Centennial," Rich said. "It was kind of a winter project for my dad and myself."

"I've kind of heard through the grapevine that more people wanted some."



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