Morrison County Area Foundation Board with Friends of Dewey Radke House Board

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Friends of Dewey Radke House Receive $2000 from Morrison County Area Foundation

FRIENDS OF DEWEY-RADKE HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chris Grams
President, Friends of Dewey-Radke
Phone: 320-632-2992
E-mail: chris@fallsradio.com

Thursday, February 10, 2011

FRIENDS OF THE DEWEY RADKE HOUSE RECEIVE A $2000 GRANT FROM THE MORRISON COUNTY AREA FOUNDATION, A COMPONENT FUND OF THE INITIATIVE FOUNDATION IN LITTLE FALLS

A CABOOSE FOR THE DEWEY-RADKE LITTLE FALLS TRAIN IS ON ORDER THANKS TO THE MORRISON COUNTY AREA FOUNDATION

Little Falls, MN – The Friends of the Dewey Radke House are pleased to announce they successfully received a grant from the Morrison County Area Foundation, a component fund of the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls. “On behalf of the volunteers, members and Board of the Friends of the Dewey Radke House, we are thrilled that a caboose will be ordered and on display at the Dewey Radke House this Spring due to the generosity of the members of the Board of the Morrison County Area Foundation” said Chris Grams, President of the Friends of the Dewey Radke Board.

The Friends of the Dewey Radke House Board have operated and made repairs to the historic Victorian house on the west side of Little Falls since 2009 when the City of Little Falls expressed an inability to continue the maintenance of the home. The Friends have painted the barn, fixed the bricks, repaired the roof, accepted furnishings donated by individuals and improved the landscape of the property. The Friends decided to purchase train track and a train in order to enhance the tourists’ experience when visiting Pine Grove Park, the Pine Grove Zoo and the Dewey Radke House. The Dewey Radke Little Falls Train is a 7 ½ scale train custom built in Wisconsin by West Bend Railcar Shops (photo of the caboose attached). Plans to begin laying the track are being made for Spring 2011. “We believe the train will help us create more interest in the historic nature of the property, the beautiful white pines in Pine Grove Park and give the young at heart of all ages a smile as they tour the home or visit the Pine Grove Zoo. Once in operation, the Friends of the Dewey Radke House will use the revenue generated from the Dewey Radke Little Falls Train to continue maintenance of the Dewey Radke House” said Chris Grams.

If you would like to volunteer for the restoration efforts planned at the Dewey Radke House, or if you have a passion for trains and would like to become a member of The Friends of the Dewey Radke House, please contact Rosemary Finch at 320-632-6250. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4PM at The Royal Café in Little Falls. All are welcome.

Pictured in attach photo are: Lori Kowalczyk, Tom Seelen, Al Lindgren, Robin Klosowski, Joyce Crowder, Jackie Elliott, Rosemary Finch, Ginny Given, Chris Grams, Rachel Flogstad-Heise, Mary Gritzmacher and Rob Ronning

Contact information for West Bend Railcar Shops: David Gehrke, 414-350-6649 or wbjsor@execpc.com

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MORRISON COUNTY AREA FOUNDATION APPROVES GRANT!

GREAT NEWS! The Morrison County Area Foundation authorized a $2000 grant for the Friends of Dewey-Radke to purchase the Little Falls/Dewey-Radke CABOOSE!!!! As we said at the meeting “the end justifies the means”! A caboose has been ordered thanks to their generosity!

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Lakeland Public TV to Feature Dewey Radke House — Again:)

Lakeland Public TV was again at the Dewey Radke House today to ask about our progress in furnishing the House with items currently stored by the City of Little Falls.  Watch the news on Friday, October 1st to see the story and the beautiful “yellow brick house.”

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Furnishings to be Placed at Dewey Radke House

At the Little Falls City Council meeting on Monday, September 20th, a motion passed by voice vote to permit furnishings not on display at the Rosenmeier Home to be used at the Dewey Radke House. We thank the Little Falls City Council for their support of this preservation effort by volunteers in Little Falls!

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Another tourist LOVES the Dewey Radke House

Hello,
I was at the zoo today, I’ve always loved the yellow brick home. My husband and myself are restoring a victorian home in st.cloud. We have a love for preservation. What can we do to help? Everytime we drive through little falls I always adore this home. Little Falls has pride in there history, I love it…

My husband is very skilled with restoration. Can you tell me more about the home etc…

Laurie Smith St.cloud

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Dewey Radke House Open during Arts & Crafts Fair in Little Falls

The Dewey Radke House will be open, free of charge, this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 4PM. If you are attending the Arts & Crafts Fair in Little Falls, please make time to check out the House and our beautiful handcrafted items!

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Fix the Brick Campaign Begins Work on Tuck Pointing

Thanks to our supporters and contributors who attended the Open House in August, we’re able to begin tucking pointing the East Side of the House next month!! This will repair the wall under the bay window which we determined to be the most critical repair. As you saw at the Open House, none of the walls are cracked in the Home’s interior and we are attempting to keep it that way! Thank you for your help!

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The Train is Coming to Little Falls!

David Gehrke is planning to be in Little Falls at the Dewey Radke House on Tuesday, August 10th with 40′ of track and a Train — join us on Tuesday, August 10th for an Open House from 4-8PM.  We’d like to show you how good the Dewey Radke House looks now and provide your help and advice on how we can make it look better!

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Friends of the Dewey Radke Request Inventory of City Owned Treasures

http://www.mcrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=294&ArticleID=57511&TM=62851.04

The Friends of the Dewey-Radke House requested that the City of Little Falls adopt a policy for conducting an annual inventory of all city-owned property.  We are fortunate in Little Falls to have such “troubles.”  This week’s Morrison County Record endorsed our request and outlined reasonable and practical approaches for the purpose of inventorying all city-owned property.  We believe the City Council should heed this advice — well said!

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