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$1,600 donation for interpretive trail at Kinnickinnic State Park

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 05/29/2014
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Buck Malick (OWLs board member), Melissa Dupont (environmental educator), Tom Gujer (OWLs volunteer), Eric Klumb (Kinnickinnic State Park assistant park manager), Erin Jennings (Allina Health), Julie Gujer (OWLs Secretary), Heather Logelin (Allina Health)

A donation of $1,600 from Allina Health will help bring to fruition a series of signposts to highlight Kinnickinnic State Park's nature trail and natural playground to visitors.

The Willow River Organization for Wildlife Learning (OWLs) requested the contribution from River Falls Area Hospital to cover the cost of installing the posts, which will feature changeable interpretive material, distance markers for hikers/runners/skiers and embossed rubbing posts with pictures for young hikers.

"This contribution will enhance the health of the community through active living," said Eric Klumb, Kinnickinnic State Park Manager. "The nature trail is several miles long with various loops. Along the trail are animal, plant, historical and geological features. They sustain interest in a trail that is also ideal for active recreation."

Heather Logelin, director of foundation and community engagement at River Falls Area Hospital, said: "We know that if we make it easier for people to be active outdoors, they are more likely to do so. By improving trail signage at Kinnickinnic State Park, we hope more people in our region will take advantage of this low-cost opportunity to enjoy active time outdoors with friends, family and neighbors."

To learn more about Kinnickinnic State Park, join park staff and volunteers from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13 at Hoffman Park in River Falls for activities including fish casting and nature art.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

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