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Remembering Linda

Learn more. Followed by the web address, it’s the phrase that punctuates the end of nearly every story carried in any publication about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.

Learning more is taking on a new and added complexion now with the development of a scholarship.

Following the Christmastime loss of long-time board member and inspirational supporter, Linda Ulland, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association board was itself inspired to establish a scholarship in her memory.

Still in its beginning stages of development, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association’s Linda Ulland Memorial Scholarship will provide $1,000 to a selected high school senior from within the Byway route’s school districts of Pequot Lakes and Pine River.

Profits from firewood sales at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers campground are the funding source for this scholarship. They are available to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association through a cooperative partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Board members are currently working on developing an application, establishing the criteria for selection and identifying a selection committee. Community service and environmental stewardship will be components of this scholarship application. Although the timeline is short, the PBSBA hopes to have the scholarship application available in time for students to apply and a recipient to be selected for a 2012 award. A family member will present the scholarship award.

Linda Ulland was instrumental in helping the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association organize as a non-profit group, and in crafting the bedrock documents that continue to guide the Association today. She wrote several successful grant applications for the PBSBA, spoke to many organizations on behalf of the byway, and over the decade she was involved, supported and lead projects ranging from building a walking bridge over Hay Creek as a part of the Veterans Walking Trail to selling tickets for a fund-raising raffle to coordinating the Byway’s economic impact study completed last year by the University of Minnesota. Despite ongoing health issues, she continued to come up with new ideas to raise awareness and encourage learning about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. She had been looking forward to taking over the chair position of the PBSBA in 2012.

Linda’s enthusiasm for the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, her spunky spirit of community support and the bright, snappy mind that indeed ‘learned more’ with gusto, will be honored for years to come with the annual award of this scholarship.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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