Bunyan-sized list of projects is under way
BY DIANE MCCORMACK
Carol Ottoson and Rod Nelson, Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association Members, awarded door prizes at the byway dinner. Photo by Diane McCormack
There were too many projects to name at the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA) dinner Monday at Antler's Restaurant in Breezy Point. Association Chair Lynn Sharenbroich chose just a handful to highlight from the lengthy list of accomplishments and ongoing activities at the group's annual business meeting and dinner.
Pam Perry, regional nongame specialist with the Minnesota DNR, spoke about walking trails and the Birds of the Byway guide completed in 2007, two projects in which she and the DNR had a hand.
Dick Haskett of the National Scenic Byway Foundation reported that, though it took a couple of years to get the funding in place, the historic mail carrier story was presented 20 times last summer. A playwright has been hired to improve the script and another 20 performances are planned for summer of 2008.
Diane Johnson, representing the Pine River Chamber of Commerce, invited participants to visit the newest big attraction along the byway in Pine River, Paul Bunyan's "baby" boots produced by artist Wayne Shilson.
On the heels of that announcement, Pequot Lakes Mayor Cathy Malecha told of an effort getting under way to work with byway communities to place Paul Bunyan's "baby" sized - 14-foot long, 5-foot wide, 4-inch deep - footprints along the trail.