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home : columns : columns July 21, 2017

5/17/2017 10:22:00 AM
Cross standing test of time
When a pastor says that the cross "endures" or from generation to generation, the "cross stands the test of time," Gene Duerksen knows what the pastor means.
And Gene, who lives just north of Delft, has the undisputed proof.
A few weeks ago, the Citizen ran a "Remember When" photo of the old Methodist Church, which stood until 1967 at the corner of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue - where the Windom Post Office now stands.
By the way, I heard several comments from people about how unique and beautiful that old church appeared. While it's architecture was grand, I suspect the vast amount of glass in the church didn't make it very winter efficient for this climate. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful structure.
Anyway, it was 50 years ago when parishioners at First United Methodist Church moved from the church to their new building in the Rolling Green section of Windom. Once they made the move, the church held a sale or auction (Gene can't remember which) of a variety of items from the old church.
One of the items up for sale was the thick, all-metal cross that was perched on the church steeple.
You're probably already ahead of me.
Yes, Gene snatched it up. He was just finishing up his senior year of high school and bought the cross. He didn't exactly know what he was going to do with it. But he had to have it.
So, where is it now?
Standing the test of time. It is in the ground in his front yard at their home north of Delft. If you've driven past the Duerksen residence and saw the cross standing in the yard, now you know where it came from.
What might surprise some people, however, is that the cross stands 5 feet tall.
"And it is heavy," Gene confirms.
Gene says he is amazed that the cross stayed atop the steeple all those years, considering how heavy it is. It had to have had a "firm foundation," to endure all those years.
Yes, there are just too many plays on words that go along with this little story, but what a fun one.
When Gene saw the picture of the old church in the Remember When column a few weeks ago, he had to call and share his story about the cross.
I'm glad he did.
Trip to Siebert Field
I had the privilege of traveling with the Windom baseball team to Siebert Field, baseball home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, for the Eagles' game against Byron.
The ball park had a multi-million dollar overhaul a few years ago and offers a smaller, stadium-like setting for fans. It's a great place to watch a game with a number of modern amenities.
However, I must confess that I miss the covered grandstand that was part of old Siebert Field. While I like the stadium-style seating, I miss the covered grandstand.
I also had the opportunity to serve as public address announcer at the game. That was a treat. Much like the Island Park pressbox, the scoreboard console, microphone and audio controls were all at my fingertips.
Yes, I felt right at home, although a little farther from the fans and field.

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