KASSON, Minn. - If you drive through downtown Kasson, you may have noticed a huge boulder next to the American Legion Post 333. Some community members decided they wanted to give the Legion something special: a Freedom Rock.
Starting July 10, the 17-ton rock will undergo a transformation. Iowa artist Bubba Sorenson will begin painting the rock with miltary-themed images, hence the name Freedom Rock. It's meant to be a salute to those who serve or have served in the U.S. Military.
"We're hoping it will bring in a lot of people to our community and people will stop here and get out, walk, take pictures," explains the Legion's commander Bob Melin.
The painting process takes around two weeks. The community members found funding for the $13000 project. The Legion is still deciding what they want to have painted on the rock's surface and are looking for input and ideas.
Sorenson's Freedom Rocks are all over Iowa, but this one will be the first in Minnesota.
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