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History book addition to Buena Vista Logging Days

With the help of the team of Sam and King, volunteers Jeff Claypool, Steve Anderson and Tom Benson set a track in preparation for the 28th annual Logging Days set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Buena Vista. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Volunteers spent the week grooming the Buena Vista Village for the 28th annual Logging Days Saturday.

"The grounds are looking rally good," said Suzanne Thomas, one of the Logging Days organizers.

Don Thomas cut a new road into the village near the ranch house. Thomas named the new entry The Buena Vista Logging Road.

"That was the road Dad was dozing when he passed away," said Suzanne Thomas referring to her father's sudden death in Oct. 8, 2006.

She said the workers have also rebuilt the stage in the Blacksmith Shop where the Bemidji Lions Club will be serving flapjacks.

Madeline and Bill Sutherland have been working on a history book of the area, and the printing was completed in time for this year's Logging Days.

"The Early Landowners: Buena Vista and Turtle River, Minnesota" will be on salewith proceeds going toward the Earle Dickinson Scholarship, part of the Earle and Mariann Dickinson Family Education Fund.

Admission - $4 for children 6-12, $6 for ages 13 and older and $25 family rate - will provide half price coupons on Buena Vista Ski Area lift tickets. In addition, those who carry current lift tickets will receive a discount on Logging Days admission.

The traditional souvenir button features Jim Erickson driving his team of gray Percherons, Sparky and Jake.