A special presentation was made during the last night of Carnival Days at Petersburg last Wednesday evening, June 22.
Ross Knott, chief financial officer and executive vice president of Great Plains State Bank, welcomed the Alphonse (Jr.) Reicks family members following the Carnival Days barbecue at Petersburg’s downtown park.
Knott said, “Jr. was a visionary and he wanted Petersburg to grow and prosper. He also wanted young families to move back, which is now happening. Jr. had much to do with the Petersburg Park, library, senior housing and he installed many new water lines. He had much pride in his community.”
The Petersburg Village Board voted at their June meeting to pay for a plaque honoring Jr. Reicks. He was a long-time mayor for the village.
At the May village board meeting, Pat Petsche approached them with the idea to erect a plaque in Al Reicks’ honor. The plaque would be placed next to the plaque honoring Dan Thieman.
Al Reicks was mayor for 40 years, and he always worked for the best interests of Petersburg.
Petsche said, “It would be a nice tribute to him.”
Following the Reicks’ presentation, Helen thanked everyone involved in getting the plaque. She said they were married for over 60 years.
The new park equipment was then commissioned, and Jim Leifeld provided an overview of the downtown park development.
More details on Carnival Days in the June 29 Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.