|"Welcome to Pengilly"
Entrance Signs Unveiled
Hibbing Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
by Melissa Cox, Staff Writer
PENGILLY — The payoff of hard work and perseverance by many
community members of Pengilly was unveiled Thursday morning.
Signs welcoming visitors to Pengilly have been placed at the
north and south entrances to the community.
Dave Stensrude, Marion Barta and Jean Blaine lifted off a tarp
to reveal the colorful sign with the words: “Welcome to Pengilly.
On Beautiful Swan Lake.”
entrance sign, designed by Stensrude, features a swan gliding on
sparkling blue waters with an orange sunset as backdrop. As the
sign was revealed, the crowd who gathered for the occasion
expressed their delight with oohs and ahhs followed by
applause. “It was a nice ending to a long project,” said Barta.
The timing of completion of the project is significant because
2008 marks the Pengilly Centennial. Members of the Pengilly
Centennial Committee and the Pengilly Booster Club have put in
many hours to make a sign possible.
“The Committee has done things that are just phenomenal,” said
Stensrude, while complimenting the dedicated committee members
on their work in preparation for the upcoming centennial
celebration. “The group is diligent to get the job done.”
Besides their efforts in getting a sign in Pengilly, they have
been planning and promoting the centennial celebration, set for
Aug. 29-31. Area residents also helped make the sign possible
by attending fundraisers and showing their support, noted Barta.
Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure was the chef who made the
spaghetti and meatball fundraisers a success, Barta added.
Pengilly residents Gary and Denise Shofner and Mike and Barb
Shipka graciously donated land for the signs to be placed on,
said Barta. Stensrude, who grew up in Pengilly, felt honored to
be asked to design the sign. “To be included in this is a big
deal,” said Stensrude, who is trying a new business venture in
printing called Color Junction in Cherry.
Stensrude said Barta’s former sign for the Swan Lake Lodge was a
source of inspiration as he created this sign. Hearing positive
reactions about the sign is a great feeling for Stensrude. “I
feel that I accomplished what I wanted to,” he said. “I wanted
to create a sign the people in the town would like.” His intent
is to capture the attention of those passing through the
community and also incorporate features of Pengilly. “I want
people to remember it,” he said. “I wanted it to stand above
some of the other city signs.”
Dick Johnson, president of the Pengilly Booster Club, feels the
sign is going to make the community stand out. He thinks it is a
good representation of Pengilly, which he called a great place
to live. Barta voiced similar sentiments. He said a lot of
traffic passes through Pengilly on Highway 65. “Seeing that
sign is going to have people take a second look at Pengilly.
They may stop in and have a cup of coffee or just take a ride
around Swan Lake,” said Barta. “And for the residents of
Pengilly, I think it will give them a feeling of pride about
where they live.”