T-Rex fundraiser reaches goal with Masons’ $9,000 donation

Hunter Herbaugh Ranger-review Staff Writer
Sunday, May 1, 2022
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The Merrill Avenue T-Rex will be refurbished this summer thanks to the fundraising of local citizens and the Dawson County Economic Development Council. Hunter Herbaugh photo

After nearly a year of fundraising, the effort to refurbish the large T-Rex mural on Merrill Avenue has finally reached its goal of $18,000. The goal was reached this past week following a significant donation from the local Masons of $9,000, half of the project cost.

The T-Rex mural has stood over Merrill Avenue for roughly 30 years, serving as one of the community’s most unique and memorable local landmarks. A local effort to refurbish it began in 2021 as over time, exposure to the elements has caused it to degrade and fall into a state of disrepair.

It was originally commissioned by Greg Hagenston, owner of Hagenston Insurance and painted by Andrew Wheatcroft in 1991. Hagenston had it made to further promote Glendive as a place for dinosaur enthusiasts to enjoy.

While Wheatcroft is still a member of the community, the dinosaur’s refresh will actually be done by Charity Schreibeis, a high school arts teacher who has also had a hand in creating various murals around the community. She explained that the new design actually won’t be too different from the current one, but will be updated with new colors and some slight alterations.

“It will look pretty much the same but new color and subtle changes, as of now anyway. Might change the head a little bit too,” she said.

The project to restore the T-Rex was started by Bruce Miller and has been carried by the Dawson County Economic Development Council. With the Masons’ donation in hand and the project fully funded Miller and DCEDC Executive Director Jason Stuart said they are grateful to everyone who contributed to the effort.

“I just really appreciate everyone that helped make it possible,” Miller said.

“I can’t be more excited. It took about a year of fundraising, we started last May with the Give Local Day, and I’m excited to see the end result,” Stuart said. “This is not something the DCEDC usually gets involved in, but we didn’t want to see another local icon turn into a pile of rubble.”

Hagenston said he is also excited to see the local landmark will be refreshed. Currently, Hagenston still owns it, but after Schreibeis has repainted it and it is put back into its spot on Merrill Avenue, ownership will transfer to the EPEC.

According to Stuart, donations came from various sources, from grants received from local organizations to smaller donations made by individuals.

Miller said that there is a loose time line for when the newly refurbished T-Rex will be installed, saying he is hopeful it will be in place by mid-summer.

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

“It will look pretty much the same but new color and subtle changes, as of now,”

Charity Schreibeis, local artist who will work on the T-Rex