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Wolf Lake rescuers golf to fund mission

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news Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Lil Groth's legacy will come alive again Friday on the golf course.

Lil died in 2000. She was an active member of the Wolf Lake Rescue Squad.

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"When she passed away, we requested all memorials be given to the rescue squad, said her daughter, LeAnn Groth. "With the help of several organizations and a grant writer, they subsequently turned those donations into a fund to build a new facility."

The groundbreaking was in September. The building, at a cost of $148,000, was completed this winter. In addition to housing the squad's vehicles and gear, it also houses some city offices.

Family members thus saw their mission in Lil's memory, to defray the building expenses.

All that remains are the landscaping and parking lot, said Duwayne Schwarzrock, a building committee member,

"We came in on budget," he said. "We do have a USDA loan to repay."

"We decided we needed to do more to help the rescue squad," LeAnn said.

Friday, Lil's friends and family will tee off at Blueberry Pines Golf Course.

The proceeds from the memorial golf scramble will go to the Wolf Lake Rescue Squad, which sends out snowmobilers to rescue injured or stranded riders and sends emergency crews to a variety of accidents in the region.

And if someone were to get a hole-in-one, Lil might be mighty proud of that, too.

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