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Kiosk installed, operational at cemetery

Finding Aunt Martha’s grave is now easier thanks to a new kiosk in the Gothenburg City Cemetery.

An electronic kiosk, showing names and grave locations, is now operational.

The city crew and kiosk installer Brad Kramer, of Vision Technology, Inc., placed the kiosk in a renovated rest room on March 21.

Kramer said he thinks the equipment will be a valuable service for visitors because finding a grave can be difficult.

“We just want to make it easier,” he said.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said installing a kiosk had been discussed for years.

Figuring out where to put it was a challenge until Clymer thought of renovating the cemetery rest room.

Changes were made to the men’s rest room, which houses the kiosk, and the women’s bathroom is now unisex.

Clymer said it not only cost money to install the kiosk and renovate the rest rooms, but an added expense will be to keep it operational and maintained.

So far, the price tag is around $20,000.

Since cemeteries keep growing, new names and locations of graves will have to be added.

Grave information will be updated by cemetery sexton Tim Strauser.

Kramer said his company, that designs, installs and offers technical support for kiosks, primarily puts them at veteran, state and federal cemeteries. There, kiosks can be used to do more than just find a grave.

“People can look up who owns certain plots as well,” Kramer said.

Eventually Gothenburg’s kiosk may provide a history of the cemetery, costs and services.

Kramer is no stranger to working with kiosks and renovation.

“I come from North Dakota and it’s nice to work in a town like Gothenburg because it feels like home,” he said.

Clymer said the (cemetery) board looked at buying a kiosk years ago but decided to put in a panel directory instead.

“The problem was keeping it updated,” he said. “An electronic kiosk is far easier and faster to update,” he said.

Clymer said the kiosk will benefit people who want to look for loved ones or even people who want to do genealogy research, noting that it can also provide other cemetery information.

Ashley Wilkerson

GHS student

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