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Lions donate to construction of Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens

The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club has recently announced that its 2015 presidential project will be the funding of the Butterfly Garden in the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens (LUMG) at the Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area.

The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club has recently announced that its 2015 presidential project will be the funding of the Butterfly Garden in the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens (LUMG) at the Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area.

The Lions' donation of $20,000 will make the entire butterfly garden portion of the LUMG a reality, bringing a beautiful community space to Crosslake and honoring former Lions member Linda Ulland.

Linda Ulland was a member of the Whitefish Area Lions, which recently merged with the Crosslake Ideal Lions, keeping the latter club's name. Ulland is being honored at the gardens for her work in the community, including as a member of the Lions Club and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association Board, of which she was a founding member.

"Linda Ulland was a great member of the Whitefish Lions," said Scott Gallaway, president of the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. Ulland passed before the two clubs merged, and Gallaway said that because the club kept the Crosslake Ideal name, the project was a great way to continue to acknowledge the Whitefish Lions' presence within the club.

"It just felt right," Gallaway said of funding the project.

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Sponsorship opportunities for the gardens are still available. Heading up the LUMG project is a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association.

The Butterfly Garden portion of the LUMG will feature butterfly attracting plants, informational kiosks and statuary for children to play on. With the Lions' generous support, the garden area will also now include a Lions Club drinking fountain. Josh Porter, of Avalon Studios, will be creating both the drinking fountain and a seven foot, crawl-through and climb-upon caterpillar made from a manufactured playground tube. A butterfly bench will provide a creative rest-stop for visitors to sit and enjoy the garden.

Several other areas of the LUMG are also planned. A House Garden will have bird houses, bat houses, bee houses and frog houses, which will serve as both homes for wildlife and as an educational opportunity about wildlife habitats. The CSA Garden will provide examples of ways to create food sustainability in a community, including through community shared agriculture, and the Lunch Box Garden will provide examples of ways families can grow their own healthy, delicious food for meals.

Funding is currently being sought for those gardens and more, including for the eagle's nest, a large nest for children to climb into that will serve as both an interactive statue and educational component. Donations for necessary materials, including raised garden beds, raised walkways, materials for an outdoor classroom area, "talking boxes" that will play entertaining and educational content and more are appreciated.

Donors will be recognized for their contributions to the gardens, unless they wish not to be. While the entire project is on the road to successful completion, more help from the public will make the entire LUMG a reality.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the gardens can send checks to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, PO Box 401, Pequot Lakes, MN, 56472. Help in the form of volunteerism is also greatly appreciated; interested parties can call Hodapp at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers office at 651-290-5790.

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