John Liebenstein memorial plaque is missing

John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail, 2011 John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail, 2011
I rode by the John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail earlier this week and noticed that the bronze plaque on the large boulder is missing.

Here’s what the plaque looks like. I took these photos in July, 2004:

John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail, 2004 John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail, 2004

See this summary of Deputy John Liebenstein on the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) website.

Anyone have more information about the missing plaque?

Update 7/21:  Here’s the new plaque. Details below:

John Liebenstein memorial on the Mill Towns Trail, 2011


  1. Bonnie Jean Flom said:

    I would gladly make a donation toward the purchase of a replacement placque.

    July 16, 2011
  2. Helen Albers said:

    Bonnie Jean,

    I’ll donate gladly in memory of this fine man, John Liebenstein.


    July 17, 2011
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Anyone know what entity has jurisdiction over the Liebenstein memorial? Mill Towns Trail? Bridgewater Township? Rice County?

    July 17, 2011
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    I’ve been away camping/biking this weekend and a check of my overflowing inbox just now reveals the answer. Eric Johnson wrote last night:


    I should have mentioned to you that I removed the plaque in question some three weeks ago. The green background had, for the second time, become chalky and faded to the point it was unsightly. As before I removed it and it went back to the manufacturer who continues to stand by his product. The reconditioned plaque, this time with brown background color, is now ready for reinstallation. I had planned to help Meg Otten do that this morning but wet weather makes for poor adhesion. Hope to get it reattached yet this weekend. I will let you know when it is ready for viewing.

    And then earlier this aft:

    Check our the new plaque. Any reaction to the background color change?

    July 17, 2011
  5. Bonnie Jean Flom said:

    Great news about the plaque! It’s being cared for as we would hope it would be!

    July 17, 2011
  6. Helen Albers said:

    Hey Griff,

    Good news for a change!

    Wonderful that you are “everywhere” with your camera! Great photos!

    Thanks to Eric, too.

    July 17, 2011
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    I’ve added a photo of the new plaque to the blog post above.

    July 21, 2011

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