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The trail building crew and the materials used to build the bridge that was set in place on the new trail that was 13th, at Bonanza Education Center. From left to right are: Terry Kalberg, Joanne Svendsen (seated), J.T. Gregory, Michael Erickson Jr., Brent Jacobson, Marguretta Yaeger, Erik Kalberg, Harold Moore, AI Radtke, Robert Yaeger l is constructed at Bonanza Completed on at Bonanza were the various s construction volunteers - Yaeger of and son Jacobson of Odessa, of Schmidt's SD - and to Stone Lake Education work. This a $500.00 alaterials. The work began at 9:00 am and was scheduled to finish at 4:00 pm. With a lot of hard work, the trail was finished two hours ahead of schedule. The work was divided into three crews - a trail clearing crew, a post and sign setting crew, and a bridge building crew. The trail adds approxi- mately 3/4's of a mile to the trail sys- tem at Bonanza and is a great addition for hiking in the spring/summer/fall and cross-country skiing in the winter. It travels along the lake, through oak and basswood forest, and through open oak savanna. There are many beautiful views along the way of Big Stone Lake, Bonanza Prairie and a bridge that spans a small creek at the bottom of a secluded and wooded ravine. Just a few of the things that you may see along the trail are deer, mink and other small mammals, wild turkey, hawks, songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl, prairie flowers and grasses. The trail may be accessed at the boat landing or at the beach/picnic area. Trail maps are available at the Center and staff is also available to answer any questions and we love to hear of what you have seen while on your hike. Bonanza Education Center is located 18 miles north of Ortonville or 8 miles south of Beardsley on MN Highway 7. Turn west at mile marker 8 and stop by' to visit. The Center can be reached at (320)265-6944. ROUNDING THIRD AND HEADING HOME is Tom Rausch, one of the Pee Wees in Big Stone City participating in the summer recreation program this year. ,, l ! ill World War II Memories from Helga Barf's scrapbook (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled hi; Ortonville's Helga (Mrs. Sam) garr.) 8*SSSm Staff Sgt. Thomas Toner, Jr., of Marines Home After 17 Months of Active Duty A member of the famed First Marine Air Wing, which was returned to the States on July 7, is Staff Sergeant Thomas .Toner, Jr., who arrived in Ortonville last Friday fol- lowing 17 months of active duty in the South Pacific "I can't describe how wonderful it was to see the good old U. S. A. again as we steamed into the San Diego har- bor," Sgt. Toner told his friends upon arriving home. "We were given a thrilling welcome and through it all my heart was in my throat." So anxious to get home was Toner that he came by plane from San Diego to Minneapolis. "There's no place on earth that looks as good to me as Ort6nville." A member of the Aviation Ordnance ground crew, Sgt. Toner saw action on the New Hebrides and the Solomon Island group including Guadalcanal, Munda, Bougainviile Russell Islands and Green Island. In March, 1943, he broke his wrist so was sent to New Zealand for two months' rest. He wears the Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with three campaign stars and the American theatre ribbon. High in his praise for the work of the Red Cross and U. S. O. on the far- flung battlefields, Sgt. Toner said he ate hamburgers at a Red Cross stand on the Russell islands and saw a U. S. O. show starring Joe E. Brown on Guadalcanal. Emphasizing the importance of mail as a morale builder, the veteran Marine said he heard a commanding officer say on Guadal canal that if he had the choice of bringing in a boat load of food or a boat load of mail to his men, he would choose the boat carrying the mail. "It is probably impossible for the folks at home to understand this but every man who has been overseas will agree with the officer," Sgt. Toner declared. And in the same breath he added, "The Independent helped more than I can say to keep me in touch with my friends back home and my former way of life." During practically the entire 17 months he was overseas he slept in a tent. The days, he said, were extreme- ly hot but the nights were usually fair- ly cool. The food was as good as pos- sible but always canned or dehydrat- ed. Because of the fact the men live almost entirely on canned rations, Sgt. Toner said they were always more than happy to receive packages of cookies and candy from home. Although the parcels were often slow in arriving, those containing goodies baked by "Mom" were always the most welcome. Sgt. Toner found the natives very interesting and friendly. He visited a native village on Guadal canal and became well acquainted with one of the chiefs who could speak and write English. They agreed to write tO each other when Sgt. Toner returned home. This particular group of natives had been christianized and taught to speak English by an American missionary, who was killed by the Japs in the early stages of the war. Our men still have a long hard road to travel before they reach Tokyo is the opinion of Toner but he is con- fident of ultimate victory. A brother of Sgt. Toner, Cpl. Del Toner, a veteran of the Italian cam- paign, is a prisoner of war in Germany. 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