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Community invited to donate toward downtown Rev. Pond statue

Post Date:03/09/2018 10:00 a.m.

Mock up in clay of statueIn late November, the city and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community unveiled a statue of Chief Sakpe in downtown Shakopee commemorating the area's historic past. 

Now, a group of local residents is looking to add a second statue to tell more of Shakopee's story.

A committee is fundraising to commission sculptor Denny Haskew to create a bronze statue of the missionary Samuel W. Pond for display on the River City Centre plaza. Haskew, who created the Chief Sakpe statue, has already mocked up potential designs of Rev. Pond who will be seated on a rock under the plaza.

The Pond statue and installation is estimated to cost up to $125,000. Tax-deductible donations to the statue project can be made online at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/registration or sent via check to the City of Shakopee, Attn: Joy Sutton, 485 Gorman St., Shakopee MN 55379.