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Published July 08, 2011, 12:00 AM

New York Mills, Minn., man spends years building model of Noah's ark

New York Mills man spent years completing project
New York Mills, Minn. - Harry Kraft was teaching Sunday school 32 years ago when he got the idea.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

New York Mills, Minn. - Harry Kraft was teaching Sunday school 32 years ago when he got the idea.

He was covering the part in the Bible that talks about Noah and his ark and he thought a model of the famous vessel might help the kids visualize the story.

With wood supplied by a friend’s felled tree, a picture of Noah’s ark from his mother’s old Bible and lots of Elmer’s Glue, Kraft got to work.

As a heavy machinery operator who lived in New York Mills and worked in the Twin Cities, Kraft said it took him years to finish the task.

When he was done, his ark was more than 9 feet long and about 2 feet high.

To allow viewing of the inside, he made sections detachable.

Then came the birds and animals, more than 500 figurines in all.

Kraft said he has shown his ark at more than a hundred churches and nursing homes, and one jailhouse.

He said he doesn’t travel with the ark as much as he used to and he keeps it stored in a spare bedroom of the home he shares with his wife, Ann.

Kraft said the ark has held up well over the years and all the travelling it has done and his respect for the bonding power of Elmer’s Glue continues to grow.

“It’s been 32 years and it’s holding it together,” he said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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