Preliminary clearing begins for fine arts center

Laverne Esau, Hillsboro, makes a final cut on one of several old cedar trees cut down Saturday in the park on the Tabor College campus. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Laverne Esau, Hillsboro, makes a final cut on one of several old cedar trees cut down Saturday in the park on the Tabor College campus. Esau said he plans to have the wood kiln dried at Burdick and is willing to either make some furniture for the fine arts center or let someone create a piece of art for the center, or both. The trees are being removed in anticipation of the start of construction of the new fine arts center later this year. Smaller trees that have potential to survive a move will be moved by tree spade in late September and will be replanted elsewhere on campus, according to Kirby Fadenrecht, senior vice president for business and finance at Tabor. Elms and other large soft wood trees will be removed as time allows during the coming weeks. Fadenrecht said no official date has been set for a building contractor to begin construction. ?Negotiations on cost projections and building components continue at this time,? he said. ?We continue to project that some work will begin yet this fall before the weather turns cold.?

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