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A bridge to the spring season

Bruce Olson (right), former director of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, helps Contech Engineered Solutions employees install a new bridge in the museum's garden last Friday, March 8. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 2
Bruce Olson (right), volunteer and former director of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, watches as workers hook a new bridge to a crane. The bridge was placed in the museum garden Friday, March 8. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 2

Despite the piles of snow surrounding the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, the grounds are being prepared for the upcoming season.

A new bridge was placed in the garden area Friday, March 8, on the north side of the main building. The four-ton bridge was brought in on a semi and had to be lifted by a crane and then guided with a rope to its designated spot.

Employees from Contech Engineered Solutions of Carlos, formerly Continental Bridge, donated labor to design and fabricate the bridge and also deck the bridge, according to Bruce Olson, former executive director of the museum. Larry and Diane Zavadil also donated to the cost of the bridge, he said.

Olson, who is now a museum volunteer, said the museum is thankful for its community partners on this project as well as all others who donate to projects at the museum.

It took a lot of collaboration to add a new bridge, said Olson, noting that it is a great addition to the beautiful garden area.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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