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Celebrating a dream: Last segment of Paul Bunyan State Trail slated for completion in July


Terry McGaughey’s dream is nearly complete.

The Paul Bunyan State Trail founder had a vision for a bicycle and pedestrian trail stretching through lake country utilizing former railroad beds in a new way.

With a push across the nation to encourage healthy lifestyles and activity across ages from children to senior citizens, the Paul Bunyan Trail provides 112 miles of Minnesota landscape.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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