Parker Place resident tours Sinclair Elevator in conjunction with monthly program

From left to right, Parker Place Life Enrichment Coordinator Denelle Warneke, resident Orville Beenken and Sinclair Elevator Manager Brent Kannegieter pose for a photo on Thursday afternoon during a tour as part of the nursing home’s “Dare to Dream” program. (Robert Maharry/Eclipse News- Review)

Orville Beenken worked for and later ran the Buckingham Elevator for nearly a half century after returning from World War II, and he knows this sort of place inside and out. While some folks want to travel the world or procure new experiences in their golden years, others just want to get back to where they came from.

As part of the monthly “Dare to Dream” initiative for residents at Parker Place, Beenken got a VIP tour of the Sinclair Elevator on Thursday afternoon along with manager Brent Kannegieter and life enrichment coordinator Denelle Warneke.

Beenken migrated to the area from his native Wesley, near Algona, and even in his 90’s, he feels a deep connection with local agriculture. Some aspects have changed, but some remain the same.

“It’s still corn, beans, feed and chemicals,” Kannegieter said. “But the technology and everything has changed.”

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