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PHOTO OF THE DAY: LEAVING A MARK

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: LEAVING A MARK

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The even-evolving Freeman Prairie Arboretum saw a significant addition Thursday, July 26 when workers from Koerner Construction installed a new bridge that provides direct access to the amphitheater stage. The bridge project is in honor of the late Mark Schrag, who was an important volunteer who assisted in navigating technological hurdles at the beginning of the construction process 20 years ago. Engineer James Unruh, rural Marion, completed the technical drawing of the bridge and Randy Koerner of Koerner Construction, Freeman, built and installed the structure. Printed Impressions did the initial layout of the decorative silhouette patterns and Loren Waltner cut out the silhouettes in 1/4-inch white poly. Funding came, in large part, from a grant given by Recreational Trails Program, an arm of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, directed by Randy Kittle.  Family and friends of Mark gave additional funds. John Koch of Freeman, assisted by John Clem and Greg Henderson from the SD Planning and Development District III in Yankton, wrote the 80/20 grant that also includes funding for resurfacing the walking trails. That project will be completed later this summer.