A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 25 at the Rock County pump station southeast of Luverne. The facility was dedicated in honor of Chairman Red Arndt, who has served on the Board of Directors since the project was incorporated in 1990. Vice-Chairman Murray Hulstein of Sioux Center said, “When I think of Red, I think of the phrase “whatever is needed”. Red has always been willing to do whatever is needed to help move the project forward. This single minded focus has served Lewis & Clark very well through the years.” Hulstein also presented Arndt with a memento of the occasion – a hand pump mounted on a rock representing the Rock County Pump Station.

Director Scott Hain of Worthington presented Arndt with a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Tim Walz, which read in part “in recognition of his 32 years of dedication, hard work and visionary leadership.” Hain also noted “Red’s vision, commitment, determination, dedication, perseverance, tenacity (and incessant whining :)) are obviously traits we can all aspire to.”

Red said of the honor, “Thank you very much. This really means a lot. The journey has been a team effort. That’s really all I can say.”