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The section of the Heartland Trail that seems to be causing walkers and cyclists some concerns runs adjacent to Essex Road. But because some of the complainants have not reported alleged attacks to authorities, it is unclear if there were animal issues along other stretches of the heavily used trail. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Dog attack reported on Heartland Trail

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Four alleged reports of animal attacks on the Heartland Trail have people on edge, and one victim sounding a warning.

Paul Ludwinski ended up in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Area Health Services last Thursday night, Sept. 22, after he was bitten in the calf while walking on the trail.


The rural Park Rapids resident figures he'd gone 1.5 miles northeast from the trail's inception in Heartland Park. He was east of County Road 1, he recalls.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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