Rudy's gift to us: Northland Arboretum
Rudy Hillig’s death on May 31 caused more than one Northland Arboretum enthusiast to think about what might have happened had he not founded the arboretum that straddles the Brainerd-Baxter border behind the Westgate Mall.
Years ago, the site was a city dump on the largely unpopulated west side of the Mississippi River. Nothing special in the eyes of many of those who lived here in the 1960s and early 1970s.
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