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At their August 6th meeting, Brookings County Commissioners were presented with a check for $3,000 from the Medary Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for repairs to and landscaping around the Medary Monument. Pictured is Chapter Regent Nancy Stewart presenting Chairperson Mike Bartley with the check. Also pictured (left to right) are DAR members Lisa Fredrick, Mary DeLeeuw, Charlotte Smidt, and Janet Gritzner.
The Medary Monument was built in 1929 to honor the town of Medary. Once the county seat, Medary was largely abandoned when it was bypassed by the incoming railroad for a route less than five miles north of the town. It was here the town of Brookings was settled and renamed the county seat. The monument has gradually come into some disrepair due to exposure to the elements. The County will be responsible for any remaining costs of repair and for continued maintenance and mowing at the Commissioners discretion.