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Students, volunteers add touches of beauty to Osakis

On Wednesday, May 18, volunteers met at different sites to work on projects such as clearing brush, staining picnic shelters, raking the beach and painting murals.

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Rose Roquette of the Osakis Women's Association and Shelbe Schmidt plant flowers at Park Osagi. The flower pots were purchased for the park by the association.
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OSAKIS — More than 100 high school students and a dozen adult volunteers rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help with a variety of cleanup and beautification projects around Osakis.

On Wednesday, May 18, the volunteers met at different sites to work on projects such as clearing brush, painting picnic shelters, raking the beach and painting murals.

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Ethan Anderson paints a picnic shelter at Park Osagi.
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"It's going very well," said Amber Kral of the beautification team. "All the kids are working really hard. We're getting a lot of stuff done."

Students from 10th grade through 12th assisted on the projects, along with about 12 adult group leaders from town.

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Connor Gulbranson rakes up debris at the Osakis beach.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

"They met me here (at the visitors center) at 8 a.m., and then the kids started at 8:30," Kral said.

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The projects took place at nine different sites around town, Kral said.

"At each site there's two to three projects, or four projects," she said. "We're pretty excited about the murals and everything that they're doing."

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Charlie Wardell works on a mural at the Osakis beach.
Travis Gulbrandson / Alexandria Echo Press

Kral said she was glad the weather cooperated with the outdoor activities.

"It's a beautiful day," she said. "It couldn't have gotten better."

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Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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