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Letter: Shady doings at the cemetery?

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A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I visited a gravesite in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. The dirt had settled in the grave -- about two years ago -- and the situation had been mentioned to a person working in the cemetery more than once. Each time, we had been assured that things would be corrected. They were not, at least to our expectation.

We went to a local funeral home to obtain the name(s) of the board of directors for the cemetery so that we could file a complaint. Much to our surprise, we found out that the board will not publicly release the names of the trustees on the Fairview Board, even to a funeral home!

Fairview is supposed to be a perpetual care facility. We learned that the caretaker's time has been cut due to lack of funding. What has happened to the money? It appears that the board has full knowledge of the financial shortcomings and is trying to hide the fact that they have either run out of money or have misused the funds for personal gain.

I'm sure that we are not the only family that is concerned about the long-term care of the graves in the cemetery. Why don't the trustees 'fess up, release the names of the trustees and let the public know that there is a problem (and hopefully a solution)?

Bill Kopitzke

Houston, Texas

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