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Pequot fire tower park to temporarily close for construction in May

The park is expected to be closed May 2-13.

The Pequot Lakes fire tower rises above the pines on a cloudless day.
The Pequot Lakes fire tower, north of County Road 11 and east of Minnesota Highway 371, was built in 1934. The 100-foot-tall fire tower was added last year to the National Register of Historic Places and has been on the National Historic Lookout Register since 1993.
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PEQUOT LAKES — Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park in Pequot Lakes will be closed starting Monday, May 2.

The closure is expected to last through May 13, as crews from Anderson Brothers Construction will work to create a new paved trail from the picnic shelter to the fire tower.

There will also be one additional day sometime between May 16-27 when the park will need to close during the actual trial paving process.

Entrances to the park will be closed and blocked during construction periods.

“This new paved trail will greatly improve the ease of navigation within the park. We want to be proactive in communicating the construction plans to park users to help them plan their upcoming visits accordingly,” said Ryan Simonson, Crow Wing County Environmental Services supervisor, in a news release.

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The park already contains an Americans with Disabilities Act accessible vaulted toilet, a large picnic shelter and many interpretive signs located along 1.1 miles of walking trails consisting of multiple loops.

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