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5-31 News: Missing Trail in Pine County

Oberstar Trail Event

Pine County holds the missing piece to one of the longest trails in Minnesota.

The James L. Oberstar trail is the unfinished section on the otherwise complete unger trail.

Pine County land services director Kelly Schroeder said the trail link is a substantial piece to the puzzle, covering over 30 miles in the county.

Schroeder added that the county is fully backing the plan to complete the trail and that the next step is looking for federal funds through bonds.

The county could begin looking for federal funds for the trail beginning next year.

You can get involved in the completion of the trail by running, walking, or hiking it this Saturday at 10 am, to raise awareness. The event begins in Hinckley and refreshments are provided.

RC School enrollment down

Rush City high school is dealing with lower enrollment, with a twist.

The enrollment numbers for summer school this year have been sliced almost in half.

Last year 110 students attended summer school, and this year just 58 are enrolled.

Summer school is intended for students to sharpen their skills for the upcoming year, so low numbers are not necessarily a positive sign.

There were various notices sent to parents over a period to gauge interest and sign up students.

New Chief Deputy County Attorney Appointed

A new chief deputy county attorney has been appointed for Pine County.

Michelle Skubitz has served the county for 15 years as assistant county attorney before her new post.

In 2016 Skubitz and County Attorney Reese Frederickson were named Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

Skubitz will act as second in command to Frederickson.

Braham Appreciation Day

Braham Appreciation Day is this Saturday.

The event celebrating the city offers a variety of events.

A parade through Braham will be held at 3 pm, along with a meal provided by local businesses at 5 pm, and a street dance at 7 pm.

The celebrations begin at noon and run through 10 pm.

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