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Gazebo to be dedicated

The Stutsman County Memorial Museum Board of Directors will dedicate its new gazebo on Saturday.

The Stutsman County Memorial Museum Board of Directors will officially dedicate the two-story gazebo built last year on the north side of the museum at 1 p.m. Saturday at the gazebo.

The museum is located at 321 3rd Ave SE.

The dedication ceremony will feature local bands and speakers and wrap up with a champagne bath.

“We’re not going to break any glass over it,” said Alden Kollman, board treasurer. “We’re just gonna uncork the champagne, shake’em up and hose her down.”

Kollman said the Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corp may play a postlude following the bath, but wasn’t sure if they would be able to make it for sure; otherwise the Jamestown High School Band will fill in.

In keeping with the museum’s mission to preserve history, the gazebo, which is a replica of one built in Jamestown in 1883, will be dedicated to the men and women who braved the hardships of pioneer life to “create a community that reveres our past, celebrates our present and welcomes our future,” the board said in a news release.

Beginning at 1 p.m. the Jamestown Middle School band will march from the middle school and play in the street in front of the gazebo. Harold Sahr, museum board president, will welcome the crowd and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard will perform the presentation of colors. City Councilman Charlie Kourajian will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, the Jamestown High School band will play the “Star Spangled Banner” and Kollman will introduce honored guests.

“(Jamestown Sun reporter) Keith Norman is going to talk about the history of the old gazebo, then I’m going to talk about how this new one got to be built with all the things that had to come together and make it work,” Kollman said. “So I’m going to talk about that for a little bit, both pretty short talks, I think.”

David Smette from the Jamestown Rotary Club and Casey Stoudt from the Jamestown Community Foundation — both of whom Kollman said were “instrumental” in the gazebo project — will speak about their respective organizations.

Donald Cavalier from Rotary International will follow with a formal dedication of the peace pole that was installed at the Gazebo site, leading into the champagne bath.

Kollman said coffee and soft drinks will be on hand for attendees, and souvenir postcards of the gazebo will be given away.

Despite being planned for May 17, Kollman laughed when asked if any of the ceremony or celebrations would include “Settende Mai,” the Norwegian Independence Day.

“It just happened that way,”Kollman said. “That happened to be the Saturday that worked out best for everybody. It’s a coincidence, and it’ll more than likely get mentioned somewhere along the way in one of the talks, I’m sure.”

Sahr said the gazebo would be available for rent this summer but was not sure exactly when. On Tuesday the board decided to set the rate at a base price of $25 an hour, $90 for a four-hour block and incidentals like bleachers or portable toilets would have their own fees.

Sahr said there is also electrical and water work on the gazebo that needs to be finished, and that will probably be completed at the same time as the museum’s next project. Last year moisture had leaked through the north wall of the main museum building causing damage to paint, plaster and other materials on the inside. Sahr said sometime after the dedication the board members will take on that project.

“We’ll do it ourselves,” he said. “One of our members has a backhoe, and we’ll just dig down along there and clean up the wall, seal it and back fill it. Then at the same time, we want to do a little changing on the sprinkler system, and probably the same time that’s when we’ll be running electricity and water over to the gazebo.”

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at