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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Sara Triplett, former mayor, died Sunday

  • Flags on Redwood Falls city buildings are flying at half staff today and did yesterday as well in honor of former mayor Sara Triplett, who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
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  • Flags on Redwood Falls city buildings are flying at half staff today and did yesterday as well in honor of former mayor Sara Triplett, who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
    Triplett, who served the community in a variety of capacities from being a member of the Redwood Falls Library Commission to working for nearly four decades at the clinic.
    Triplett took on the role of city leadership in the 80s when she was elected to the city council, and in 1995 she was elected may-or. Triplett served three terms as Redwood Falls mayor before retiring from that leadership role in 2007.
    Dur-ing her time as mayor, many amenities, such as the public lib-rary and community center were built. Even though Triplett stepped down from her position as mayor, she continued to be active in the community as she could.
    Triplett, who grew up in the Garvin area, came to Redwood Falls in 1973 with her husband, LeRoy, and their two children, Mark and Rebecca (Bartz).
    Many in the community can say they have had their lives impacted by Triplett.
    Michele Petermann, who became close friends with Sara when they both faced a cancer diagnosis, said she was very down to earth and was a wonderful mother and a great example of someone who had a strong faith.
    “Sara had a high standard of integrity and expected people to be respectful and honest,” said Vicki Phillips. “She was always so in it for the community.”
    Rick Ellingworth, who worked with Sara on a number of community projects, including the community center, called her a courageous leader who was willing to make the tough decisions and inspired others to do the same.
    “People like Sara come around very rarely,” said Orrel Steinkamp, who served as pastor for the Trip-lett family for a number of years. “So many of our efforts started first in the heart and spirit of Sara. She was first a humble servant of God and only secondly a city official.”
    Nancy Haapoja mentioned Sara’s loyalty – something she maintained to the very end of her life.
    “She lived her life with grace, dignity and a strong faith in Christ,” said Haapoja, “and she died with grace, dignity and a strong faith in Christ.”
    Sara served as a mentor to many people and as a lay pastor.
    Mayor Gary Revier said she served the city with integrity, honesty and love only she could demonstrate to her constituents.
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