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Members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers demonstrated logging methods from the early 1900s last weekend at Itasca State Park. The dense thicket of trees the loggers were thinning out presented obstacles for the horse team hauling out downed trees. The horses had some difficulty maneuvering through the forest, load in tow. Dozens of park visitors were cautioned to stay back and watch above for "widowmakers," parts of trees that could fall on them, residual branches from the removal process. (Ph...

Old Time Logging Demonstration is tomorrow at Itasca

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Meet at Itasca State Park Discover the 'good ol' days' of early horse logging at Itasca State Park on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers demonstrate old time logging methods. Watch lumberjacks use a 2-man crosscut saw to fell and section trees, and a team of horses as they skid logs to a decking area where they load the logs onto a horse-drawn sled. Warm-up by a fire and visit with a 'lumberjack'.


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