Thursday, November 19, 2015
St. Peter Herald
Letter to the Editor by Bob Lambert

St. Peter Area veterans thankful for support

“The St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association Board would like to thank all of those who took the time to attend the presentation to the Senate Capital Investment Committee Tour on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Minnesota Square Park.” Read more…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Minnesota 93
by Anthony Reinhardt

Saint Peter Veterans Memorial about 1/3 of the way to goal

“Fundraising for a Veterans Memorial at Washington Square Park in Saint Peter has made great progress.” Read more…

Friday, November 6, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Suzy Rook

St. Peter Lions Club makes $10,000 donation to Veterans Memorial

Monday, September 28, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

St. Peter Ambassadors present check for $25,000 to Veterans Memorial

“It was great. It was successful. And we were able to present a $25,000 check to the Veterans Memorial (Association),” said Matt Brostrom, president of the St. Peter Ambassadors, which sponsors the local Oktoberfest.” Read more…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial nears $100,000 mark

Monday, May 25, 2015
KEYC News 12

St. Peter Raising Money to Create Memorial for Veterans

“This Memorial Day, St. Peter is starting the fundraising for a new veterans’ memorial. The St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association is looking to create a $600,000 monument to remember U.S. service members as far back as the Revolutionary War…”Read more…

Monday, May 25, 2015
Mankato Free Press
by Nancy Madsen

Fundraising to begin for St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial

“ST. PETER — The St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association will begin fundraising for its proposed memorial at Minnesota Square Park on Monday. The cost is projected to be $600,000, association chairman Bob Lambert said. While local civic and veterans organizations have made commitments for some of the amount, the association will need to raise significant amounts from businesses and residents…Read more…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association launches informational, fundraising campaign

“Setting sights on raising $600,000 to fund its project, the St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association is launching a fundraising and awareness campaign for its proposed memorial at Minnesota Square Park…” Read more…

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
St. Peter Herald


OUR OPINION: Acknowledging those who’ve led on veterans memorial project

“Sometimes a “yes” is just a yes. Sometimes it represents so much more. Such is the case of the St. Peter City Council’s vote last week to approve plans for a proposed veterans memorial. While the go-ahead allows organizers to begin focusing on fundraising and planning for its construction on the northeast corner of Minnesota Square Park, the approval wouldn’t have happened without the work of dozens of dedicated residents who wholeheartedly believe in the project. Even when discussions dragged on and on, even when the project’s future seemed in doubt, they were there…” Read more…

Monday, March 23, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

Veterans Memorial project moves forward

“After nearly four years of planning and at times contentious debate between city officials and local veterans organizations, the St. Peter Veterans Memorial quietly moved forward at Monday’s City Council meeting…” Read more…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

St. Peter Veterans Memorial project gains Park & Rec approval

“St. Peter’s Veterans Memorial plan garnered unanimous support from Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members at Tuesday night’s meeting. The project, which has evolved over two years of discussion, is planned for the northeast corner of Minnesota Square Park. That prominent position at the corners of Minnesota and College avenues had prompted detailed restrictions by city officials regarding the project design. The memorial project now moves on to the St. Peter City Council for final approval…” Read more…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

Veterans association seeks approval of Minnesota Square Park memorial

“The St. Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association planned to present its design for a Minnesota Square Park memorial at the Jan. 20 Park and Recreation Board meeting. Bob Lambert, chair of the association, prepared the memorandum for the city committee, which must first consider the group’s veterans memorial design, rules and policies. The memorial, which has been planned for years, has drawn contentious debate at past St. Peter City Council meetings. If the proposal gets the blessing of the city’s Park and Recreation Board, the memorial project then moves on to the full council for approval…” Read more…

Fall, 2014
The Petition Site
by Kendra Bidwell-Mohlenbrock

Petition: Stand with St. Peter’s Veterans who stood for YOU!

“The veterans of St Peter, MN have been trying for THREE YEARS to get the City Council members to approve the location for a memorial and it would appear the council has been pushing them off, changing the “reason” every time. We need to stand behind the veterans and let the Council know what we, the residents of St Peter, want. We also need to let the veterans know that we support them!” Read more…

Friday, October 17, 2014
St. Peter Herald
by Dana Melius

St. Peter veterans memorial project edges closer to reality

“Bob Lambert says three years of discussion, planning and debate has not altered his passion to see the proposed veterans memorial project at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter become a reality.
The proposed site is at the corners of Minnesota and College avenues in the park’s northeast corner, which was approved by the St. Peter City Council in an Aug. 25 vote after some contentious debate. The project plan next moves on for additional consideration at an Oct. 29 meeting of the Veterans Memorial Committee. Lambert, who chairs that group, said guidelines for the project, which were most recently updated in a Sept. 16 memorandum from City Administrator Todd Prafke, will also be discussed…Read more…

Friday, August 22, 2014
St. Peter Herald

Location of proposed St. Peter veterans memorial remains contentious

“To the editor: The veterans organizations of St. Peter has been for a number of years attempting to place a memorial in the city for those who have served, for our fallen comrade’s pasts, present and those yet to come. We have endured many issues in the past and have attempted to clarify concerns and questions raised by our city leaders. So far all of our requests remain on hold. We are not asking the city for money, we are not asking the taxpayers for money. We are simply requesting a very tiny spot in Minnesota Square Park to truly honor all veterans of our area, and our great nation that have served for our community and country…Read more…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
St. Peter Herald

OUR OPINION: St. Peter veterans memorial worth continued effort

“Sometimes you’ve got to give in order to get. A few weeks ago a strongly worded editorial urged the City Council to approve Minnesota Square Park as the site of a proposed veterans memorial. It noted its central location, that it’s home to the two most patriotic celebrations this city holds each year and the row of Stars and Stripes that lines Hwy. 169 just feet from the proposed location…” Read more…

Monday, August 18, 2014
St. Peter Herald

Veterans Memorial should be placed in a prominent space

“As I visited the suggested areas it seems the proposed Veterans Memorial should be placed in a prominent space in St. Peter. The location on the corner of College and Minnesota Avenues accompanied by the 50 American flags is the ideal spot. It will be viewed by thousands that pass through our town every day as well as residents of St. Peter. This proud memorial will forever cherish the memories of the veterans who have served and those who died serving our great country…” Read more…

Friday, August 8, 2014
St. Peter Herald

Why is veterans memorial location so controversial?

“To the editor: How did the location of the veterans memorial ever become such a controversy? When St. Peter celebrates Independence Day in Minnesota Square Park with the biggest parade and picnic in the area, it lines that very park with the flags that represent that independence, placing them along one of the busiest highways in southern Minnesota. It also holds a memorial service in the same park, no other site makes sense for the veteran’s memorial…” Read more…

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
St. Peter Herald
by Suzanne Rook

Committee to consider Gorman Park as potential St. Peter veterans memorial site

“An issue that veteran councilor John Kvamme called one of the most contentious since he’s be on the St. Peter City Council is moving into a new phase. While the council didn’t formally approve a plan to help find a site for a proposed veterans memorial, it seemed resigned to the fact that no next step seemed better than City Administrator Todd Prafke’s suggestion to review sites in Gorman Park, adjacent to the city’s Community Center…” Read more…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
St. Peter Herald
by Bob Lambert

Time to make a decision on St. Peter veterans memorial site

“In the summer of 2011 Ron Haugen, Greg Seitzer, Windy Block, Bob Sandeen, Jim Weber, Greg Stone, Jeff Domras and Bob Lambert (Jerry Pheifer joined us in 2012) got together to discuss the feasibility of raising funds to build a veterans memorial to honor the men and women from the St. Peter area who have served in the military to preserve our way of life.
At that meeting the majority of the discussion focused on what we thought would be the toughest challenge to this project – raising the money to do this without any cost to the taxpayers. Perhaps we were naïve, but little did we expect to still be looking for an “acceptable” site three years later…” Read more…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
St. Peter Herald

Support the establishment of a Veterans Memorial in Minnesota Square Park

“To the editor: The city holds its annual Memorial Day service in Minnesota Square Park. Why would we build a memorial at any site other than the one where the annual Memorial Day event is held. Moreover, there is room for the memorial in Minnesota Square Park. I believe that the memorial should be placed on the east side of Minnesota Square Park in the place preferred by the Veteran’s Memorial Committee. It really needs to be along the east side of the park – on Minnesota Avenue (Hwy 169). This would make the memorial visible to many more people. Visibility would enhance one of the major purposes of any memorial. If the Memorial were to be placed on the west side of the park, it would not be visible to commuters…” Read more…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
St. Peter Herald

OUR OPINION: Time for council to end delays, approve St. Peter veterans memorial site

“Almost nothing has changed since we last called for the St. Peter City Council to make a decision about where to place a proposed veterans memorial honoring city residents who served their country.
Last November we said that the council had taken too long — then more than two and a half years — to make a decision and that it wasn’t just time to come to an agreement, but to determine that Minnesota Square Park was a fitting location for the monument…” Read more…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
St. Peter Herald
by Jessica Bies

Location of proposed St. Peter veterans memorial remains contentious

“The location of a proposed veterans memorial remains a contentious issue for St. Peter City Council members and has left some area veterans feeling unappreciated.
More than 30 veterans attended a June 14 City Council meeting to request permission to construct a memorial at St. Peter’s Minnesota Square Park…Read more…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
St. Peter Herald

OUR OPINION: St. Peter veterans memorial deserves a real place of honor

“Three years is too long for a decision on where to locate a St. Peter veterans memorial. It’s time for the City Council to make that determination — and agree to locate the monument in Minnesota Square Park. Our veterans, from a fledgling nation’s Continental Army to today’s well-trained forces, deserve a place of honor, one that truly denotes the significance of their service and the value we place on their commitment to preserving our freedoms…Read more…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
St. Peter Herald

St. Peter City Council divided on best location for veterans memorial

“After a long debate over how much prominence it is willing to afford a proposed veterans memorial, the St. Peter City Council remains strongly divided on where it should be located.
Its indecision has left the group championing the memorial’s construction at a standstill…Read more…

Monday, September 9, 2013
St. Peter Herald
by Jessica Bies

St. Peter area veterans lobby for Hwy. 169 memorial

“After suggesting that a group of St. Peter area veterans construct a war memorial in Minnesota Square Park, the St. Peter City Council is now questioning whether or not the Hwy. 169 green-space is the best location for the structure. Citing concerns that such a prominent structure would change the tone of the park and pull visitor’s eyes away from its focal point— a large pavilion — it has asked for time to discuss its placement before granting approval for its construction…Read more…