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CASPER, Wyo. — The Town of Mills will be holding a dedication ceremony for the “Town Eagle” statue at Eagle Park at 10 am Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The 8,100 pound steel statue was installed in Oct. 2018, according to the Town of Mills.

“In the spring of 2018, the Mills Town Council was approached by local businessman, Rick Bonander, after he discovered the eagle for sale outside Kalispell, Montana,” the town said on Friday. “Mr. Bonander has been an advocate for community art and beautification projects in the greater Casper area for many years.”

“Because this project aligns itself with the Town Council’s community beautification goals, the Council opted to make this the first monument of this type to be installed within the Town. Mr. Bonander was able to secure the eagle for $75,000 and began seeking donations from Casper area businesses and interested residents to fund the project. Residents and businesses alike gladly supported the project and now it is time to officially thank those involved.”

The statue is located at the corner of Second Street and Wyoming Boulevard in Mills.

“The park now offers a small parking lot, plaques commemorating the donors, landscaping and lighting,” the town says. “More beautification efforts will be seen in the spring of 2021.”

The public is “highly encouraged” to wear face masks due to the COVID-19 surge, according to the Town of Mills. Those who attend the dedication are also reminded to keep six feet of social distance from others.