I want to thank the City of Pelican Rapids and Mayor Frazier, the VFW and the Lake Area Arts Council for the opportunity to create, with the help of your enthusiastic grade school art classes, the functional art benches now installed on your downtown sidewalks.

I found your citizens welcoming and enthusiastic; your school to be dedicated to the needs of students and to your diverse community. My wish would be for all of America to have the opportunity to spend a few days in your city to observe how ethnic diversity can be embraced.

I especially want to acknowledge your very special grade school art teacher, Kate Martinez and her family for making my experience in Pelican Rapids truly valuable.

Tom Christiansen

Lutsen, Minnesota

(Artist who created the bronze benches, and delivered them at the recent unveiling program)