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Barging ahead with a landscaping project

A Bobcat carried landscaping material onto a barge at the Lake Brophy public access. Crews were putting in retaining walls and a patio at a residence on an island on the lake (right background). (Photo by Al Edenloff)

It isn't your typical landscaping project.

Because the customer's property is on an island on Lake Brophy west of Alexandria, Grand Designs Landscaping is using a barge to transport supplies to the job.

Ferguson Brothers is providing the equipment to load the landscaping materials and Custom Boardwalk is supplying the barge.

Crews were loading up the 12-by-40-foot barge with materials all last week, making several trips from the Lake Brophy public access out to the property.

A temporary ramp was built on the property owner's hillside to make the work go easier.

Grand Designs worked with Douglas County in obtaining all the permits for the project.

When it is finished, a new patio and retaining walls will improve the property - brought there by the barge load.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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