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Officials dedicate farmers’ memorial

A crowd of spectators huddles against the cold Thursday morning during the dedication of the “Breaking of the Prairie Sod” memorial.

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A stiff north wind whipped across the park at 10th and K-96 Thursday morning, making the cold seem colder.
It gave the bundled crowd gathered for the dedication of the Great Bend “Breaking of the Prairie Sod” memorial a taste of what their forefathers went through as they settled the plains.
“The pioneers endured worse,” said Master of Ceremonies Mark Calcara. “That’s why we’re here, that’s literally why we’re here.”
The large gleaming metal sculpture featuring a team of horses and a farmer plowing is the culmination of two years of effort by a Great Bend ...

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