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Maiden Rock breaks ground on village center

Village President Judy Daleiden, village Trustees Steve Pomahatch and Pamela Hinrichs, Plan Commission Chair Douglas Lansing, village employees Shirley Gilles and Gordon Hoyt, and Red Wing Construction owner Jeff Frost donned hard hats and put shovels to the ground Thursday July 14 for the new Maiden Rock village hall groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Judy Daleiden)

MAIDEN ROCK — A groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday July 14 at the village-owned playground site on County Road S Rock for a long-awaited new village hall/ center.

“Thursday’s groundbreaking is a noteworthy occasion for all who have worked so hard,” Village President Judy Daleiden said. “It’s been a long two-plus years – actually it’s been 14 years since inadequate space and accessibility needs were first identified. Thanks to all who have spent hours gathering information, planning and attending meetings. The village is finally joining the 21st century.”

At the July 5 Village Board meeting, trustees voted (with one abstention) to award the building contract to Red Wing Construction, who bid $222,000 to complete the roughly 2,000-square-foot facility. Construction will begin this week and should be completed in about four months, Daleiden said.

“The new Village Hall will form the hub for a safe, modern village center with upgraded park and playground equipment,” Daleiden said. “Like me, Jeff Frost, owner of Red Wing Construction is a Maiden Rock native and I suspect he also has many fond memories of the old playground. It’s now time to cherish those memories, retire the 70-plus-year-old playground equipment and move forward.”

Months of back-and-forth debates have taken center stage at board meetings, in part due to a group of Maiden Rock residents who opposed building the new hall on the playground.

Maiden Rock Inn owners Gary and Jennifer Peterson went so far as to offer to donate a parcel on County Road S for the new hall; the board rejected the offer and went ahead with plans that were in motion.