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Laporte’s new playground opens to rave reviews, smiles

Former Laporte mayor Craig Mackey, who “got the ball rolling,” cuts the ribbon on the new park. From left are Audrey Johnson, Owen Tisland, Isaac and Dalaney Clyde and Dwight Powell, to the far right. (Sarah Smith /Enterprise)1 / 2
Dalaney Clyde gets a push from Mom. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 2

One of the lynchpins of a new development in Laporte opened Thursday afternoon. A park at the Paul Bunyan Trailhead opened to pint-sized approval and screams of delight Thursday afternoon. The $70,000 project will include a shelter, with work starting on Monday.

Laporte’s population of 111 sprang into action raising more than $15,000 in a direct mail fundraiser. The area will eventually include picnic tables, grills and trash cans. The Minnesota DNR built a large parking area there last year, which started the ball rolling.

The county committed $12,500 in 2013, another $12,500 in 2014 and voted last year to make an additional $34,480 available over the next two years to build the shelter.

Sarah Smith

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

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