Tatanka Arts is a new arts organization serving the Redwood and Renville County Area. Tatanka Arts board members are recruiting new members who are artists and arts supporters. We want to promote the fine arts in our communities by sponsoring fine art festivities, arts enrichment opportunities, mentorships, classes and workshops.

May 2012 Update

The following is a time-line of the development of the “Town Square Park” Project.  It is meant to give basic information and recognition of the many people who give donations of money, time and/or talent toward this ongoing project.  Ramona Larson, Project Manager & current Tatanka Arts President, extends her personal THANK YOU to all, especially Thrivent Financial, who have made the Park possible!


  • Redwood Falls Port Authority transferred empty lot to Redwood Falls Park Commission for the development of a downtown park.
  • Mural Project on east exterior wall of the Thrivent Financial Building in Redwood Falls, Gerry Patten, Designer. Sponsors: Thrivent & Tatanka Arts


  • Tatanka Arts hosted a Community Conversation to gain input on park design.  Main amenities wanted in the park included shade, seating and activities.
  • Tatanka Arts finalized IRS status as a public charity 501(c)(3) organization with help from a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council with funds appropriated through the Minnesota State Legislature.
  • Cast Iron Gazebo purchased with donation from the Orrin Estebo Foundation.
  • City of Redwood Falls becomes a partner in planning & implementation.


  • Finalized a design plan with funding help from the Blandin Foundation & Thrivent.


  • Concrete pour of new sidewalk, gazebo installed, ironwork planters installed, electrical work, dirt work, all trees donated & planted.  See listing of all donors who contributed throughout the project.


  • Rotary Club Grant for plantings on east end of park
  • Bike & Hike SHIP Grant for bike stand


  • Installation of more seating and fixtures in the park with help from the Minnesota West - Redwood Falls Campus; Bremer Bank, Minnwest Bank, Thrivent and individuals.
  • Continue additional fundraising for a park sign and to bring arts & entertainment to the space

  • Two Fall Fiesta Maples: Janning Family in memory of Heinz Janning
  • Heritage Oak:  Cindy Wittwer-Swierenga in memory James Wittwer
  • Greenspire Linden:  Trevor Wittwer in memory of James Wittwer
  • Spring Snow Crab:  Stan Swierenga in memory of Mary Kay Menz Swierenga
  • Greenspire Linden:  Ruben & Betty Lange Family in memory of Laura Kay Lange
  • Discovery Elm:  Gloria & Jon Hagen in memory of Jesse Sander
  • Fall Fiesta Maple:  Kathleen Wilkison in honor of Vick Construction:  Don & Mike Vick


  • Platinum Level - $5000+
  • Gold Level - $2000+
  • Silver Level - $1000+
  • Bronze Level - $500+
  • Sponsor Level - $100+
  • Current and/or Past Partners in addition to those itemized on Park Project

Orrin Estebo Foundation
Thrivent Financial Foundation

Minnesota West – Redwood Falls Campus
Redwood Falls Rotary
Pat and Nancy Hansen of Thrivent Financial, Redwood Area Group
Tom and Sharon Hollatz of Thrivent Financial, Redwood Area Group

Redwood Chamber Community Partners Foundation
Redwood Falls Lions

Bremer Bank
Klabunde Electric
Minnwest Bank
Schmidt Construction
Vick Construction
Allen & Ramona Larson
Gerry Patten - Design
Glenn Reecy

Bishop Whipple Mission – St. Corelia’s Episcopal Church
Blossom Town
Clements Lumber
Larson’s Home Furnishings
Redwood Dance Center
Redwood Falls Nursery
Steve & Sons Painting
Sward Kemp Snyder Drug
Jim & Karen Boots
Sue Parker
Sara Triplett

Gordon & Ardis Alexander
Toby & Dawn Allen
Amy Ankrum
Dean Baker
Blackhawk Studios
Gwen Beauzay
Arliss Becker
Cindy Bell
Mike & Connie Bentson
Donna & Gary Bestmann
Dena Bickhardt
Dennis Blomeke
Henry & Mary Jo Boots
Kim Boyle
Susan Brewer
Paul & Jean Brezina
Thomas Broebner
Beatrice Brown
Chuck Brown
Nancy Buckholdt
Jim Paul & John Buckley
John & Caroline Buckley
Jo Bunting
Calf Fiend Café
Dan Cochran
Steve & Cindy Collins
Carl & Angie Colwell
Joan Dahmes
Gary Dahms
Loise Dammann
Don & Daphne Davis
Tim & Nancy Dean
Pat Dingels
Joshua Dixon
Jim & Shelly Doering
Mark Dressen
Judy Dunlevy
Richard & Jan Ellingworth
Dave & Joan Erickson
Jim & Barb Erie
Orrin & Shirley Estebo
Elfrieda Eykyn
Ernie & Julie Fiala
Fieldstone Vineyards
Janel Forbrook
Judie Fox & David Peterson
Friends of the Arts
Tammy Barrison
Richard Gewerth
Tim & Jennifer Gilk
Scott & Joyce Goodyear
Tom & Bev Gordon
Tom & Mary Gross
Helen Guetter
Donald Gunleson
Elaine Hagen
Ginger Hallbeck
Dan, Karen & Mary Hammerschmidt
Ken & Carol Hammerschmidt
Donna Hanlon
Bob & Bonnie Hansen
Margaret Harp
Marcia Heiling
Deb & Gerry Hess
Steve & Chris Hettig
Home Town Bank
Charles Hosack
Barry Hutquist
Jeffrey Huseby
Joyce Irlbeck
Gordy & Jude Jensen
Phil & Ag Johanneck
Anne Johnson
Bob & Barb Johnson
Joyce Johnson
Liza Johnson
Sue Jones
B.J. Justice-Kamp
Loran & Debbie Kaardal
Denny & Kathy Kahnke
Rachel Karnitz
Mike & Nan Kaufenberg
Denise Kerkhoff
Rhonda Kerkhoff
Clint Knorr & Diane Zuidema
Jennifer Kolp
Jo Kremin
Kathleen Krinke
Pete & Rachel Landherr
Dona Larkin
Larry Larson
Susan Larson
Scott Larson & Robin Stegner
Bob & Carolyn Laufenburger
Dave & Jean Lepper
Logos Leather

Lisa Lorea
Gloria Lothert
Pat Lubeck
Kathy Lumbar Peterson
Connie Lunde
Joel McKinney
Dave & Karen Messer
Penny Messer
Milan Village Art School
David Mngodo
Tom & Gale Morley
Keith & Karen Muetzel
David & Cindy Mumme
Greta Murray
Gary & Sally Myrom
Chuck & Karen Neece
Bob & Judy Nelson
Bryan & Sue Nelson
Jan Nelson
Jim Nester
Kerry Netzke
Mark & Dorie Oja
Alan & Laura Olson
Kevin & Bev Passe
Dorthea Paul
Brian Pederson
Leon & Joyce Plaetz
Erik Posz
Jodi Preschel
Michale Press
Scott & Pam Prouty
Charlie & Michele Quast
Diane Radel
W. Chad & Melissa Radel
Julie & Quentin Rath
Redwood Rental Center
Leonora Reisdorph
Janice Remiger
Renville Cty HRA/EDA
Gary Revier
Ron & Mary Revier
Bill & Gail Ripka
Mike & Sara Roach
Charles Robasse
Charles Rohlik
Darla Rohlik
Roxann Rossow
Lori Ryer
Mike & Julie Salmon
Marlo & Kim Sander
Gretchen Scharmer
Jeff & Jenny Schmidt
Joy Schoer
Mary Schroepfer
John Schueller
William Schwandt
Molly Schweinfuter
Richard Seavert
Gene Short
Joel Solie
Bob Starr
Nate & Val Stephens
Tome & Debbie Stotesbery
Ted Suss
Roger & Sandi Swartz
Lorraine Tauer
Jim & Trish Tersteeg
Robert Tews
Corey & Geri Theis
Julie Thomas
Kurt Thompson
Bruce & Ann Tiffany
John & Sue Tiffany
Dean & Gail Toft
Diane Tolzmann
Tres Hermanas
Sara Triplett
Mike & Jeannie Uhlenkamp
Michael U’Ren
Roger & Mary Van Dam
Jeff VanDeWiele
Howard Voelz
Michael Walker
Ray & Mary Walz
Andrew Warner
Rex & Bonnie Welter
Pat Weltin
Bob & Mary Wetmore
Craig Wetter
Dorothy Whipple
Rudy Wigton
Lyle & Joyce Witte
Dave & Joan Wood
Glenn & Ruth Zeise
Dennis & Linda Zeug
Pearl Ziegenhagen


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