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Area men design and build new entrance for Great Plains Zoo

February 28, 2013

	Paul Hartberg of Heron Lake stands in front of the recently installed new entrance gates at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls.

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Paul Hartberg of Heron Lake stands in front of the recently installed new entrance gates at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls.
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As the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls, SD, prepares for a new exciting exhibit of Snow Monkeys, the entrance is being redesigned.

Paul Hartberg, and his father, Juhl have designed and created what has become the new entrace to the Zoo which is located at Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls. “They gave us the idea, and we went from there,” explained Paul Hartberg of rural Heron Lake.

After graduating from high school, Paul became an electrician and worked at Heron Lake BioEnergy when it was being built and continued there after it opened. “I decided to come back to this,” Paul said, although his father encouraged him to pursue a different career. “I’ve always known this,” he said, pointing around the shop.

“I began airbrushing when I was in college,” Juhl said. He used to airbrush jackets for Three Sons in Milford, Iowa. Fabricating metal products of all kinds was soon added to his abilities. “I grew up doing it,” Paul added. “I must have started as soon as I could hold the brush.”

The Hartbergs have created custom handrails for projects, a sculpture for a wall, industrial style tables and a variety of other items, for personal, agricultural and business usage. “If you see it on the internet, we can create it,” Paul said.

He created some butterfly benches which he had seen on the internet, and recently built an open fire grate for a family. “It disassembles, so it can be put in a pickup or SUV,” Paul added.

When the Hartbergs heard about the Great Plains Zoo entrance gate project last spring, they submitted a bid and in July were notified that they had gotten the bid. “They needed it completed by the end of November,” Paul said.

Over the past summer, Paul began designing the panels for the gates that he created for the Zoo. “They wanted an African Savannah look, with grasses, trees and animals,” Paul explained of the design.

Using AutoCAD and Corel Draw computer programs, Paul began creating the design for the four main gates. He also created and designed the a new membership gate for the Zoo.

Each gate at the new entrance consists of a double panel, with each panel measuring five feet wide by ten feet tall. The membership gate measures six feet by eight feet.

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