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SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers
Rollie Johnson has worked at the PCHS Museum since the first year it opened on Andersen Alle in Askov. Rollie spent his career working as a Telegraph Operator for the Northern Pacific Railroad (since 1949), and later as an Adjutant for Burlington Northern until his retirement. So, when he heard about the History Museum Railroad Club and he was very interested in joining.
Rollie initially got involved by helping build the set and constructing the layout of the towns in Pine County that serviced the railroad. At that time, he had no idea or experience in modeling. However, when the Museum obtained the plats for the townships and he was able to see the exact size of the buildings, he decided to try his hand at creating a scale model of a depot. It was a resounding success! Rollie has since created scale models of about 15 depots in Pine County, in addition to a few other buildings. He has become a master of his craft!
Rollie is usually at the Museum 1-2 days a week. He builds most of the models at home, then comes in and sets up the scenery and layouts for the models. He is also instrumental in keeping the trains running! But that’s not all Rollie does. He also volunteers weekly at the Bruno Food Shelf, bringing orders from grocery stores to stock the food shelves. In addition to that, he also belongs to the Bruno Legion as adjutant.
We thank Rollie for his dedication and excellent craftsmanship. Without him, the train exhibit would definitely not have achieved it current state.
The Pine County History Museum Railroad Club is located inside the museum and meets informally on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. If you are interested in joining the Railroad Club or helping with the construction, contact the PCHS Museum (320-838-1607) and ask for Mike Swiridow.