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Couple hundred turn out for RTC employee reunion

Published 10:58am Friday, June 7, 2013

The sun finally broke through the clouds late Thursday afternoon, casting its brightness on the grounds of the Regional Treatment Center where former employees of the RTC gathered for a picnic.

As the crowd waited in line to get their plates filled with a hot dog, chips and a heaping helping of baked beans, some of them were asked what should be done with the RTC building.

Many of them pleaded for it to be saved.

“Leave it,” said Jo Beck, who worked at the RTC for 29 years starting in 1976. “Don’t tear it down. I don’t know why they want to demolish this.”

As far as ideas for the RTC, Beck said college students could stay there. Just ahead of her in line, Fergus Falls resident and former RTC employee Punky Loomer suggested turning it into a museum or hotel. There are just too many memories there to tear it down, she said.

“It’s a work of art,” Loomer said. “This is a whole world in itself.”

Romayne Harrington was another former employee who would like to see the RTC saved. She worked there for 20 years in the dietary department. She was married to her husband in 1946, and they spent about the first month of their marriage on the third floor of the RTC.

“A lot of history in this place for me,” Harrington said. “I do not want it to be demolished ever. It’s a very wonderful part of my life.”

  • jdartin

    “Couple hundred” what…..bugs, cars, people? Great gramatics

  • Me Again

    Why is it everyone on here just has to find something to bash about the writers. I am pretty sure the writer here was assuming that their readers are smart enough to figure out that the “couple hundred” are people since it is an “employee reunion” Lay off it Joe

    • jdartin

      we all know what happens when one “assumes”

  • Me Again

    yes we do thats very funny hahaha…. but that just proves my point everyone on here just comments to pick a fight or make fun of the writer. People need to grow up

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