Murals Spread Across Virginia

By KBJR News 1

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Three murals in downtown Virginia honor the city's history.

The idea was sparked in 2009 by community members hoping to get people to come back to their city.

Murals are cropping up across downtown Virginia thanks to two late brothers.

"They decided and they weren't married and didn't' have any children, they decided on the second of them to pass away to donate over $1,000,000 to the Community Foundation," Alicia Cope of the Community Foundation said.

The second mural put up is in honor of Marty Bianciach who passed away in 1999. Community members say aside from baseball and sweeping the streets his passion was people.

The third mural depicts images of war veterans from the area.
Tom Berigan served in the Vietnam War for two years and is one of the soldiers in the mural .

"It's a great honor," Berigan said. "When you think of an individual person on a ten foot tall mural on the side of the building for the next 200 years."

The next mural will depict the owners of a Cane Lakes Candy, a shop that has been in the heart of downtown for more than 100 years.

"When you're looking in the main street that way, I mean it's right there," Jim Cina, the current owner said. "That's pretty exciting, It's going to be better than I thought it would. It's not on the front but it's on the side. I think it'll be good."

Once more murals are in place the community foundation has plans to develop a community mural walk.

Plans to put up a marching band mural are scheduled for the fall.

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