Laying the groundwork

Concrete slab completed on courthouse Veterans Memorial project

T-R PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY — From left to right, CTI Ready Mix Manager Sean Frost, Con-Struct Vice President Matt Jensen, Marshall County Veterans Affairs Director Kevin Huseboe and Con-Struct Paving Superintendent Devin Stowell pose for a photo on the completed concrete slab that will soon be the site of the new veterans memorial at the southwest corner of the courthouse property.

Marshall County Veterans Affairs Director Kevin Huseboe can hardly contain his excitement when he discusses progress on the new memorial that will be placed on the southwest corner of the courthouse project, and he especially loves to shout out all of the individuals and businesses who have contributed to help make it happen.

Passersby may have noticed dirt moving and concrete being poured last week, with almost all of the materials and labor donated by CTI Ready Mix and Con-Struct — Huseboe estimated the total value of in-kind contributions from the two companies at $40,000.

“I can’t say thank you enough to Con-Struct and CTI for what they’ve done for this project and all of their employees and everyone that works there, and a thank you to the veterans of Marshall County and the veterans that are gonna visit this and enjoy this from here on out,” he said.

The next step will be the arrival of the granite and the placement of the memorial itself — including flagpoles and electrical work — by McCall Monuments, and Huseboe aims to host an official ribbon cutting and unveiling on Veterans Day this year.

“We’re just proud of everything the troops do for us and want to support them,” Con-Struct Vice President Matt Jensen said. “We’re really excited, really excited. It’s gonna be awesome. It’ll be nice to see it done and come visit it.”

CTI Manager Sean Frost noted that his daughter is currently serving in the Air Force and stationed in Okinawa, and the local company aims to support worthy community projects in Marshalltown from the rebuilding efforts to the memorial. Frost also wanted to shout out CTI Owner Brian Blackford for jumping in to help on the project.

Over the next several months, residents will be keeping a close eye from the intersection of Center and Church streets to see the memorial, which will honor veterans who have served from World War I to present conflicts, come to life.


Contact Robert Maharry at (641) 753-6611 ext. 255 or rmaharry@timesrepublican.com.


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