Prairie Gold Homes inaugural graduation
Prairie Gold Homes graduated the first McCook-based class Monday at the new home-construction inmate-training facility located in the former Public Safety Center. The inaugural class of three constructed a tool-storage shed inside one of the former fire department bays and a pergola which will be raffled off by MEDC housing, in addition to being tasked with much of the rennovation work needed to transform the city building into a home construction training facility. Above, PGH instructor Joe Harrington provides Terri Shipshock with a summary of how the shed will be used. Very bottom, a view of the exterior of the shed. Below, from left, Kim Harrington, Mary Kircher and Joe Harrington visit about the program prior to the graduation ceremony. Graduate Rick Randal, PGH instructor Stephanie Poulsom and graduates Nathaniel Berghuis and Steven Luedtke share their experience in the program. Graduates were greeted by a crowd of more than 50 including family members, friends, local community and business leaders, State Sen. Dan Hughes and Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. Raffle tickets for the pergola are available at the MEDC office in the Keystone Business, as well as from a number of volunteers. MEDC Housing also has a booth at the Red Willow County Fair where they will be selling tickets and will have a similar setup in Norris Park during Heritage Days. Tickets are $5 or six for $25. The drawing will be on Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., at the Norris Park bandshell. Winners do not need to be present.