Paul Bunyan and Babe shot six times
It happened at the Veterans Walking Trail last year. Paul Bunyan and Babe were shot six times by rifle-toters who should have been better behaved. Once the damage to the interpretive panel at the trailhead kiosk was discovered, the rest of the signage throughout the mile and a half walking trail system was also checked. Nearly all the directional trail signs at the Island Loop had also been shot, but those were done with a shotgun.
Over the ensuing months, funding sources were sought so the damage could be repaired. The interpretive panel and the nearby small trail map panel were the first focus since they carried the most information and were the most expensive to replace. As they have in the past, the Sons of the American Legion-Pequot Lakes, stepped forward to provide not only the funding to replace the interpretive panels, but also maintenance funding should other damage occur to the panels at this site in the future.
Mary Plein of JM Plein Consulting gathered cost estimates for the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and submitted an order for the new panels early this fall. Although the replacement panels arrived prior to this year’s deer hunting season, the PBSBA elected to wait until the season was over before installing the new ones.
The work of removing the damaged panels and putting up the new ones is being handled by Brandon Christle of Christle’s Window Service in Ideal Corners. Brandon expects to have the panel replacements completed by the end of the month. The PBSBA’s kiosk maintenance work had previously been provided by Mike Holst of Crosslake who notified the Association this fall that he was retiring. The Byway Association is deeply grateful to Brandon for taking over this work.
To learn more about the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association’s Veterans Walking Trail, go to www.paulbunyanscenicbyway.org/ Veterans_Walking_Trail. If you would like to contribute to the PBSBA, send your donation to PO Box 401, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.