SHERBURN - It was the second time the Sherburn Area Task Force had to raise funds for a new movie projector in five years. Both times, the group has seen success.
On Monday, task force members presented the city of Sherburn with a check for more than $70,000. Not only did the group raise enough money for a digital projector, but a new screen and lower ceiling will be covered too.
"They've already begun using the digital projector," said Sherburn City Administrator Jamie Letzring. "Their first digital film was 'Rise of the Guardians.'"
FINDING?FUNDS?— The Sherburn Theater has received the donations it needs to purchase a new digital projector for movies. The industry is going all-digital in 2013.
Task Force members estimate they raised $86,000, while they wait for a few more donations to come in after the first of the year.
The screen and lower ceiling are expected to be installed in January.
Being able to raise and lower the screen will make the stage more usable for other entities. Along with being a movie theater, Sherburn Community Theater hosts plays and concerts from Martin County West, as well as other community events.
The digital projector also allows for business or community presentations, since a laptop can be plugged in for a PowerPoint presentation or slide show. Other big events, such as racing, also can be shown on the big screen via the digital projector.
Theaters across the nation are being forced to upgrade to digital projectors, as the movie industry will no longer release traditional 35mm films after this year.
In other Sherburn City Council business Monday, recognition was given to Mayor Bob Roesler and Deputy City Clerk Irene Schlaphoff, as each has 21 years of service with the city.
Roesler has served as mayor for the past 10 years, and was on the council prior. He was defeated for re-election in November.
Schlaphoff announced her retirement earlier this year, and will leave at month's end.
Letzring also announced she is leaving her position as city administrator, with her last day set for Jan. 4. She has accepted a job position in Oelwein, Iowa. Letzring has served as city administrator in Sherburn since December 2008.