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$1,600 donation for trail at state park

Attending a donation presentation were: Buck Malick (OWLs board member), Melissa Dupont (environmental educator), Tom Gujer (OWLs volunteer), Eric Klumb (Kinnickinnic State Park assistant park manager), Erin Jennings (Allina Health), Julie Gujer (OWLs Secretary), Heather Logelin (Allina Health). (Submitted photo)

RIVER FALLS--A donation of $1,600 from Allina Health will help bring to fruition a series of signposts to highlight Kinnickinnic State Park’s nature trail and natural playground to visitors.

The Willow River Organization for Wildlife Learning (OWLs) requested the contribution from River Falls Area Hospital (RFAH) to cover the cost of installing the posts, which will feature changeable interpretive material, distance markers for hikers/runners/skiers and embossed rubbing posts with pictures for young hikers.

“This contribution will enhance the health of the community through active living,” said Eric Klumb, Kinnickinnic State Park Manager. “The nature trail is several miles long with various loops. Along the trail are animal, plant, historical and geological features. They sustain interest in a trail that is also ideal for active recreation.”

Heather Logelin, director of foundation and community engagement at RFAH, said: “We know that if we make it easier for people to be active outdoors, they are more likely to do so. By improving trail signage at Kinnickinnic State Park, we hope more people in our region will take advantage of this low-cost opportunity to enjoy active time outdoors with friends, family and neighbors.”

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Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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