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Continued: Students help Dakota County put camper cabins in new regional park

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE
  • Last update: June 7, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Last week, in their final week of classes, the students cut cedar boards for the cabin decks and drilled them in place.

Landwehr was on his hands and knees inspecting the work. “When you cut this again, make sure this side is up,” he said calmly as he unscrewed and repositioned a plank.

Because the cabins are built to last a long time, Landwehr predicts that at least some of the students will go to the park someday and see their handiwork.

The county has no immediate plans to commission more cabins, Hoopingarner said. Before building more, the county wants to see if they are popular.

Laurie Blake • 952-746-38287

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  • In front, Zach Schultz, left, and Austin Long worked on the new camper cabins for Whitetail Woods Regional Park, joined by in the background by Chad Stubbs, left, and Santana Perdomo. They were among 41 high school carpenters who built the one-room cabins at Dakota County Technical College.

  • Construction trades instructor Paul Landwehr, right, looked over the work of Perdomo, left, and Stubbs as they tackled the decking for the cabins. “The kids got to work on something really cool,” Landwehr said.

  • Above:  Landwehr watched as Perdomo and Stubbs cut a board for the decking. Long, in the background, worked on the siding. The cabins were removed from park plans after costs were initially estimated at $90,000.

  • Left:  The winter’s cold and spring rains kept the high schoolers from working at least 40 days and forced the hiring of contractors to finish the roofing and other work. They will be trucked in July to the park, which is to open in September.

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