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Harrisburg Citizens of the Year: Growing for Good

At Your Service

Community Members Recognized by Mayor Mayor Julie Burke-Van Luvanee and the Harrisburg City Council presented the following individuals with a Certificate of Appreciation for their service and dedication to the City of Harrisburg.


• Allison Sanderson: Alderwoman and Planning and Zoning Board Member

The City of Harrisburg thanks each of you for your time, input and dedication!

• Daniel Kvasnicka: Planning and Zoning Board and Park Board Member • Sheila Coleman: Harrisburg Community Food Pantry

• Suzanne Anderson: Harrisburg Community Library

Jan and Sheldon Ahrndt receive their award at the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on December 5th. Jane Klemme Jan and Sheldon Ahrndt were named Citizens of the Year by the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce at The Chamber’s annual meeting held on December 5, 2017 at the Meadow Barn. While pleased and proud to receive this recognition, the Ahrndt’s feel the volunteer hours they spend working in the community are “all in a day’s work”. The Ahrndts have called Harrisburg home since 2012, after retiring from their long-term careers and selling their home in Benson, MN. They were happy to find a spec home in Harrisburg, which had been available for some time. “We picked it,” states Mrs. Ahrndt, “Because the builder revamped it to feature a main floor laundry room.” Her husband thinks the laundry room is a real asset, however he always felt called to the back yard, which at the time of purchase was nothing but weeds. This is no longer the case, as the Ahrndts have spent countless hours growing everything but grass in their back yard. They have perennial blueberry, raspberry and strawberry producing plants. They also plant, grow and harvest

thousands of vegetables every summer. Their garden is organic and the couple tries to incorporate money saving investments to supplement the growth curve whenever they can. “I put in a pond,” states Sheldon Ahrndt, “Because I like ponds but also because it fills with rain water off the roof and we can use that water supply to irrigate our garden any time we need to.” The Ahrndts are not the only gardeners in the Harrisburg area. They meet other local gardeners each summer at Harrisburg’s Community Gardens. These plots are located on the north side of the sewage ponds. Forty-eight plots are available and can be rented for $35/plot by contacting the Harrisburg City Office. If one or two plots are not rented for the season, the Ahrndts take them over and grow vegetables there too. The produce from these plots, as well as extras from their backyard garden are donated to the Harrisburg Food Pantry. The Ahrndts are also happy to share their abundance with homebound veterans throughout the area. Mr. and Mrs. Ahrndt have built connections throughout the community through their involvement with the Post 45 American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary in Harrisburg.

They enjoy the holiday season for the special opportunities it bestows for delivering fruit baskets and Christmas cut-out cookies at the Veterans Administration Hospital. “I know those guys really appreciate the visits,” states Sheldon Ahrndt. Jan and Sheldon Ahrndt are the parents of three grown daughters. They have nine grandchildren, three of which live in the area. They have been married for 51 years and in that time, have not found a hobby they have not learned to enjoy together. They like to hunt, fish shoot archery, can fruits and vegetables and play cards with friends. Sheldon is a member of the American Legion Color Guard and enjoys woodworking projects at the house while Jan works part-time at a retail store in Sioux Falls. Congratulations to Jan and Sheldon Ahrndt, Harrisburg’s 2017 Citizens of the Year. Also receiving Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce recognition at the annual meeting: Small Business of the Year (less than 20 employees) AutoCorrect Detail and Sales – owners: Bill and Amber Steinberg. Large Business of the Year (20 or more employees) All Seasons Property Maintenance.

January Fun at Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Jen Nuncio, Park Naturalist It’s January so that means that it is time for the annual First Day Hike at Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. This nationwide event takes place on January 1st of each year. It is designed to encourage people to start their year off with reconnecting to nature and the outdoors. Not to mention the health benefits of a good hike. The Good Earth Nature Hike will begin at 2:00 pm at the visitor center. We will take a one mile hike to the overlook decks and take in the wonders of nature. Afterwards we will warm up in the visitor center classroom with some hot apple cider and cookies. This hike is great for all ages. Please be sure to dress for the weather with layers and good hiking boots or shoes. The Good Earth State Park visitor center will be closed January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. It will be open normal hours the remainder of the week. Other happenings this month will be learning about tracks with our Little Acorns class on Wednesday the 3rd. Starting at 10:00 a.m. children ages 3-5 will learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. There will be a story, lesson, hands on activities and a game. The



Interactive Senior Hour) this month welcomes Erik Danko, a forestry fire fighter to the park to speak about his career in firefighting. Erik has traveled around the country with his job and experienced some amazing things. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 3rd. Saturday January 6th we will learn about animal eyes in nature. Starting at 2:00 p.m. we will explore how some animal’s adaptations help them thrive in the wild. On January 13th we will try some Winter STEM projects. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. visitors can come out and try several projects to challenge their minds and abilities. Stations will be set up for different ages and levels. Our evening speaker this month is Marty Dewitt. On Tuesday January 16th at 7:00 p.m. Marty will share his Alaskan trip. As an avid photographer he captured the beauty of Alaska through film. All ages are welcome. Bald eagles visit the park frequently and winter is a great time to watch them. We will take a hike to look for these remarkable birds on Saturday January 20th at 10:00 a.m. Be sure to dress for the weather. The park will provide a limited number of binoculars to share for the program. Please call 605-213-1036 for more information or for weather related cancellations.

Issue 42 January 2018  
Issue 42 January 2018