LeSueur County

The sawmill building houses

The sawmill building houses the 1890 Melounek & Deutsch sawmill. This building was built with viewing pleasure and safety in mind.

Richard Ste-Marie

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Route 1, Box 139, Le Center, Minnesota 56057

With the unusually mild and snowless winter so far in southern Minnesota, it has prompted the cutting of firewood which probably would have waited until late spring. Ray Dibbert, member of LeSueur County Pioneer Power Assoc. got to thinking along the same lines. Ray burns wood to heat his home and came up with an idea that would benefit both himself and Pioneer Power. He owns a piece of woods that contains some beautiful timber: elm, ash, oak and basswood. He presented this idea to the directors of Pioneer Power: you can have as many logs as you want as long as you cut the tops up for firewood for me. So, it didn't take long to decide if we should or shouldn't.

So on two separate afternoons 21 men, 13 chainsaws, 2 skid steers, 3 tractors & loaders, and 4 trailers converged on the Dibbert woods. The end result was 75 logs cut ranging in length from 6 ft. to 16 ft. and in diameter up to 30 inches, and enough firewood cut for another year or two for the Dibberts. Each afternoon lunch was served with hot coffee and a bottle of schnapps passed for dessert.

These logs will now be sawed into lumber (an estimated 9000 board feet) using the club's 1890 Melounek & Deutsch sawmill. The lumber will then be used to build new buildings on the showgrounds. We pride ourselves by being able to build most of the buildings ourselves, and with these logs we'll be able to continue on with this tradition.

Those who helped were: Glen Braun, Frank Boehne, Ray Dibbert, Myron Dibbert, Don Fellrath, Brian Guertin, Ivan Guertin, Marcus Griep, Francis Hoey, Bob Kahle, Glen Michels, Dave Preuhs, Wilfred Preuhs, Don Pfarr, Bob Riebel, Orbe Reddemann, Jim Schultz, Bill Thelemann, LeRoy Thelemann, Earl Tesch, and Bill Witzany.

Also many thanks to the members and non-members who have donated logs throughout the years, no matter what size or how many - it is all appreciated.