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STEP-UP group works hard maintaining local park trails

By Annie Harvieux

Contributing Writer


Walking through the Theodore Wirth trails in the summer, you will hear the buzz of mosquitoes, the rustle of leaves, and…faint rap music? This summer, a group of local youth is working under Jon Miller, Nellie Stone Johnson Ski Team coach and Loppet Foundation employee, with funding from Minneapolis’s STEP-UP Summer Jobs Program, to get some hard-earned cash by maintaining local trails. Miller heard about the program from a handout given to his middle-school team at Nellie Stone School. The program allows for the purchase of supplies, along with paying Jon and the boys. “The kids need the money and there’s a lot of work to get done, so it’s a great way to work that out,” says Miller about STEP-UP. Continue Reading →

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