Growing up on his family's farm near Assaria south of Salina, Karmon Almquist learned to do a bit of everything -- feed cattle, fix equipment, and pump water. Karmon even helped his dad, Kenneth, with a part-time electrical business. Quick to mesh details with the big picture, Karmon started independent electrical work at age 12. Thus was born the pattern for a life: Karmon Almquist puts the pieces together.
Karmon grew up to be an electrical engineer for agricultural equipment design. He saved time to volunteer for his church and lead 4-H groups that included his two sons, both now career military men serving abroad. With spouse Mary Anne, he was ready to shift gears in 2000. So, they began construction of a beautiful Swedish-style house in Lindsborg. In a short time, Karmon was also busy putting pieces together for Lindsborg as a volunteer. For the local outdoor theater company, he built sets, including a towering windmill from pieces of three separate windmills on scattered farms for a production of "Oklahoma" . He championed the installation of a huge and complex geothermal heating and cooling system for his church. Later, he helped suspend major pieces of decor over the stage for Bethany College's historic Messiah Festival. And in what has become a glowing trademark, he also leads the annual effort to light the town's Old Mill Bridge for Christmas. With 10,000 bulbs on strands, that's a lot of piecing together. Karmon Almquist has the experience.
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Story by Kathy Richardson, Small World Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas. Photograph of Karmon Almquist by Jim Richardson, Small World Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas.