PBSBA celebrates 2012
A dream-come-true happened in 2012...the Fire Tower on County Road 11 was reopened.
At the PBSBA’s November 7, 2012, annual dinner and fund-raiser at Marina II Restaurant Byway board chair, Mike Schwieters and PBSBA executive director, Mary Plein, presented Byway board member, Rod Nelson, with a metal replica of that Fire Tower. The replica was created by Pequot Lakes High School art student, Dalton Dabill, under the direction of art instructor, Dave Guenther.
Thanks to Rod’s passion and leadership and the efforts of many partners and helpers from the area, including retired DNR Forester, Keith Simar, the work group called SOFT-T, Save Our Fire Tower Today, was able to complete a successful reopening in time for folks to enjoy the fall colors from the tower’s incredible vantage point.
The partnership theme was also integral in keynote speaker, Jackie Froemming’s presentation. The Director of the Crow Wing County Master Gardeners Program presented photos and highlighted PBSB kiosk sites where MG members have created garden designs and selected plantings that enhanced those sites. She outlined features of the Master Gardeners program and encouraged the PBSBA to continue sharing Byway gardening needs/opportunities with the MG group.
Highlighting accomplishments through partnership was the focus of US Army Corps of Engineers speaker, Deb Griffith, as well. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the Corps are cooperative partners. Using the firewood sales program at the Crosslake Campground as an example, she noted that cooperative partnerships are considered to be relationships that provide benefits for both groups that neither could realize alone.
The evening concluded with long-time chair, Lynn Scharenbroich, “passing the plaid” to the organization’s first executive director, Mary Plein.