Fort Sisseton Manager Ali Tonsfeldt worked to bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called, “The Way We Worked,” to the fort. A grand opening of the exhibit is set for Saturday.

Smithsonian Exhibit Opens At Fort Sisseton

Grand Opening Saturday

Many Marshall County area residents have never had the opportunity to go to the internationally famous Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., but now the Smithsonian is coming to Marshall County.

Fort Sisseton is hosting a traveling exhibition called, “The Way We Worked,” beginning with a grand opening on Saturday at 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on view at the fort through June 26 and is free. Attendees do need to purchase a daily or seasonal park pass.

“I had worked with the Smithsonian when I was with the Nebraska Game, Fish & Parks,” said Fort Sisseton Manager Ali Tonsfeldt. “When I heard of this exhibit I thought it would be a neat thing to bring to here. Not everybody can make it out east to see the actual Smithsonian, but this is a great way to bring the Smithsonian to us.”

“The Way We Work” focuses on how things have changed in 150 years due to work. Things like technology, changes on the farm, development of child labor laws, and even the evolution of general stores in every small town. Tonsfeldt said the exhibit is for young and old and for those who want to take a quick look or dig deeper.

“There are phone numbers you can call in different sections of the exhibit for more information, along with videos and audio presentations. It is really hands-on.”

Items from the Marshall County Prayer Rock Museum are also being used to develsaid Healy. “The ice in the bottom of the creek was our main problem, but we never really had any big water coming into town.”

Healy said one or two basements with about a foot of water is the extent of damage so far, but he said the community is not totally out of the woods.

“We’re holding onto some extra sandbags and will kind of watch things for the next few days. There are some slough areas up in the hills that were drained years ago so they could be farmed, and they are not even opened up yet. There is some water yet to come and we will watch things the next few days.”

Healy also estimated there were at least a dozen places where water was over the road within a mile of Langford, and he said several culverts had been washed out.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Todd Landmark said things are looking better this week.

“There is a lot of water running, but things are looking better now than they were four to five days ago,” said Landmark on Monday afternoon. “This weekend is supposed to warm up and we may see a little more water, but I’m not real concerned as long as the culverts start to open up. I think the next few days before the weekend will help by keeping the water moving.”

The Emergency Manager said that Veblen had some problems north of town Thursday with water flowing over the road. He also noted that the Crow Creek Drainage Board have been clearing bridges to try and eliminate ice jams.

Landmark said there is still a lot of water that needs to go someplace, and last week 10-15 roads had water running over them. A barricade was erected on Marshall County 11 at the bridge on the Amherst Road and also on Marshall County 12 leading to Amherst from Highway 27 south of Britton, along with several other locations. But Landmark said the water was pooling rather than flowing due to blocked culverts.

He did warn area residents to respect road barricades.

“People need to use common sense when driving around. We’ve had a lot of people moving barricades and going around, and they are put there for a reason.”

Despite heavy snow cover this winter, Landmark and Healy did say that Mother Nature had redeemed herself a little bit with a slow melt.

“It could have been way worse,” concluded Healy. “If we would have gotten the temperatures predicted for this weekend last week, who knows what would have happened.”

“Even though it’s predicted to be in the high 60’s this weekend, we’ve had enough water come out of the hills that it’s probably not a huge thing,” noted Landmark. “But if it would have gotten warm and windy sooner, it would have been a mess.”

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