Nov. 3, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will become official partners.
After more than two years of meetings between Ray Nelson, Crosslake USACE manager, and the PBSBA Board, the agreements are ready to be signed.
Common goals of the two organizations, particularly as they relate to the importance of establishing lasting ways to share the stories and history of the byway area with visitors and residents, are what brought the two groups together. Opportunities for each group now are enhanced significantly through this partnership agreement.
Many ideas have been discussed regarding how to bring the stories and history to life. Although no specific plans are in place at this time, both groups are keenly interested in moving toward creating some kind of public exhibit area in the near future. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn not only about the areas stories and those of the two individual organizations, but also about how features of the Crosslake Corps story, these stories of the area and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway story dovetail.
The day will carry a tone of celebration with a signing event at 2:30 p.m. at the Crosslake Corps of Engineers office and meeting building. Col. Michael Pfenning from the USACE St. Paul office will handle the official signing duties and will be treated to a narrated tour of parts of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway following the signing.
The PBSBA will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. that day at Antlers, where Pfenning will be the keynote speaker, focusing on the newly formed partnership between the corps and the byway association.
Both the afternoon signing event and the annual meeting are open to the public; however, RSVPs are appreciated for both. Contact the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway at email@example.com or call chair Lynn Scharenbroich at (218) 543-4714.
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