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A friendly wave and a generous gift: B-E school land donor known as a private person

There are several words friends and family members have used to describe Wayne Lund — friendly, nice, amazing and generous. But the one word used over and over again is private.

Wayne Lund, a farmer from Brandon, recently donated 20 acres of land to be used as the site of a potential K-12 school for the Brandon-Evansville School District. The donation is valued at about $400,000, said Warren Schmidt, the district's project facilitator. Voters in the district will head to the polls August 30 to vote on the $38.75 million bond referendum.

B-E School Board member Tim Lauthen said that initially, Lund hesitated to sell his land, but then decided to donate it.

"It's not about the money for Lund, it's about doing something good," said Lauthen.

Once the story about Lund's donation was posted on the Echo Press Facebook site, it drew more than 25 comments that all echoed the same sentiments: thanks and appreciation.

Among those who commented was one of Lund's nieces, Toni Lund Fuoss.

Fuoss said her uncle is an amazing man who is very kind, friendly, funny and waves to everyone while grinning ear to ear.

"Wayne never had children of his own, but he treats us like his own," she said. "He would always watch us play softball while we were growing up."

According to Fuoss, Lund now takes the time out of his busy schedule and continues to watch a couple of his great nephews at the same fields playing baseball.

"Wayne has done a wonderful thing for the Brandon-Evansville School District and its communities," she said, adding, "Way to go, Uncle Wayne."

Lana Thompson, whose three girls attend the Brandon-Evansville School District, said, "Wayne is a very well liked private man with a huge heart and friendly wave. He waves to everyone he sees, along with giving them a friendly smile."

Thompson said the donation of land was an "extremely generous gift" to the two communities and it shows how much Lund cares about the education of the children.

"I don't know how we as a community can ever thank him enough," said Thompson. "We are so blessed to have you in our community."

The newspaper reached out to Lund, but he did not return the call.

'What a gift'

Some of the comments from the Echo Press Facebook page on the Wayne Lund land donation to the Brandon-Evansville School District:

"I don't know who Wayne Lund is, but I thank him for what he has done to help the Brandon-Evansville School District." — Pam Hoidahl

"This is exciting news for the B-E community." — Randy Olson

"Wow, what a generous gift that's sure to have lasting effects on the community for generations to come. Thank you." — Amy Bitzan

"So very proud of Uncle Wayne for this generous donation. What a gift!" — Lisa Lund Kammers.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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