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Missouri church youth work in Estherville’s rock garden

July 23, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The rock garden in Mickelson Park got a bit of a facelift Tuesday when a Missouri church youth group came to pitch in and lend a hand.

Members of the De Soto, Mo. Church of Christ, visiting Church of Christ members in Estherville, worked diligently as temperatures moderated Tuesday, making outdoor work a little more bearable. The four adults and seven youth were under direction of Don Bahr. Their stay is from July 19-25.

Their appearance came at the request of the Estherville Garden Club.

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A group of 11 members from the De Soto, Mo. Church of Christ worked on the rock garden in Mickelson Park for their community project Tuesday.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Estherville Garden Club member Carolyn Brown said the rocks the group was replacing had been dug out when the City of Estherville installed a sump pump this spring to relieve flooding which the rock garden tends to be prone to.

Brown said the city built the rock garden in 1933 with the rocks coming from Decorah and Mankato, Minn. and was excavated by Aaron Omtvedt for his Eagle Scout project.

In addition to the sump pump, the rock garden was tiled this summer - altogether a $17,000 project, according to club member Bernie Gee.

Brown said the club tries to plant perennials, but when they're flooded out, they plant annuals.

So how did the kids like working on their summer vacation?

"This is what I look forward to every summer," said Madison Lamb.



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