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Poor accessibility, unsafe bleachers make yes vote critical [UPDATED]

Published 6:29am Monday, March 18, 2013 Updated 8:32am Monday, March 18, 2013

The purpose of my letter is to express support of the Bond Referendum of School District 544 to improve the sports facilities by Kennedy School.

My husband (Class of 1958), son and grandsons all played football at the current stadium, which was never good for parking, handicap accessibility or team lockers — especially before the Kennedy school (formerly the middle school) was built in the late 60’s. And it was in the middle of the stock car race track.

We never wanted to miss a game when our son and grandsons played, so when my husband’s illness required use of a walker, then a wheelchair, the handicap accessibility became a big issue for us.

lt improved when Donovan Rasmussen generously built a special handicap seating area at the east end of the south bleachers near some handicap parking by the tennis courts.

This wasn’t ideal because it was hard to see the action at the west end of the field and the Fergus Falls fans were across from us.

The age of the bleachers and their poor condition are no longer safe, even for people without disabilities. This is only one of the reasons we need to vote “yes” on April 2 for new, improved, safe and accessible sports facilities for current and future students and their fans.


Hazel Anderson

Fergus Falls


  • nanajean

    If the district had done maintenance things would not be in the state of disrepair that it is. Just like the High School, deferred maintenance is eventually going to take things over. The School has already fooled us with what the new arena was going to bring us, and we now have to pay extra because it can’t pay for it’s self. The new school was going to be the end all, our students are still not being educated. Its no wonder that todays young people see things as being disposable, the adults are teaching them just that.

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