Tim Stengel, an alumnus of MHS, and his wife, Sue, of Milbank are replacing the evergreen trees around AB Campbell Stadium. The Stengel’s are donating 50 Scot Pine trees in an effort to clear about 260 trees from property adjoining their land. “We purchased our land from someone who planted these trees to surround a new home they planned to build,” Stengel explained. “That did not come to fruition, and we would really like to clear all these trees so we can farm through the land.”
“The Colorado Blue Spruce trees around the track and Campbell Stadium were removed because they were dead or dying,” said Milbank School District Superintendent Tim Graf. “ We had a state arborist come in last fall and look at them to determine if there was a way we could treat them. We were told they got hit with needle rust and frost. He also informed us that the Blue Spruce tree was the most diseased tree in South Dakota. That combination was too much to overcome and save them.”
The 10 foot trees are approximately 10-15 years old and are being moved by Kevin Steinbeck Tree Service of Redfield. The Stengels donated the trees, but the district will pay for the moving service.