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Fairview cuts ribbon on new section of Gull Lake Trail

When completed, Fairview will have 7.8 miles of the 21-mile trail running through its township, Jenny Gunsbury, the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee chairwoman, said.

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Jenny Gunsbury(L), the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee Chairwoman, and Marla Yoho, the Fairview Township Clerk, cut the ribbon during Fairview’s grand opening of a 4.1-mile section of the Gull Lake Trail, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

The Fairview Trail Advisory Committee hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 6, to officially open 4.1 miles of the Gull Lake Trail.

A couple dozen people attended the celebration, which took place on the new trail at Woods Drive Southwest and County Highway 77.

Construction began on the 4.1-mile paved trail section of the Gull Lake Trail in May.

When completed, Fairview will have 7.8 miles of the 21-mile trail running through its township, Jenny Gunsbury, the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee chairwoman, said.

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Marla Yoho, left, the Fairview Township clerk, and Jenny Gunsbury, the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee chairwoman, thank all those who helped make their dream become a reality during Fairview’s grand opening of a 4.1-mile section of the Gull Lake Trail, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

“It'll get done eventually,” Gunsbury said. “We're hoping if some of our grants get approved, we could potentially start construction next fall and completing it in the summer of 2023.”

Having a place that is easily accessible and safe for everyone to enjoy is something that Marla Yoho, Fairview Township clerk, wanted since 2005.

“The object was to create a trail all the way around here that would connect to the Paul Bunyan Trail,” Yoho said. “That was exciting and interesting but at the same time, all I could think of is how we could get people off the road. When East Gull Lake did their trail, and I saw how many people were using it, then it became like a mantra.”

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Cupcakes and lemonade are available for all those in attendance at the Gull Lake Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

The committee is currently working to secure funding for the completion of the Fairview section of the project.

The project has been funded by individuals and businesses along with grants from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, Federal Recreational Trail Grant program, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Initiative Foundation, Cass County Fund 73 and the Fairview Township Community Projects Fund.

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Meanwhile, Lake Shore and Nisswa continue to work on their final phases to connect the trail with construction expected in 2022. The cities received a Legacy grant for $2.4 million toward the project.

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