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Continued: Anderson: Fire singes Bud Grant's dream

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 25, 2013 - 11:28 PM

Other people in the area fared worse. In all, 8,700 acres burned, along with 17 homes and 35 or more other structures, including hunting camps.

“Fire is the big fear of living in this country,’’ Grant said. “The sand drains water quickly, and the soil is dry. You can grow pine here. And pine burns quickly.’’

Some burned timber might be salvageable. But only larger trees that aren’t yet dead have any value.

Angling his vehicle out the gate of his charred dream land, toward the home he built so long ago on lakeshore that cost him a buck a foot, Grant said:

“It’s all gone now. All burned.’’

Then:

“We have to be thankful for what we have. It’ll grow back. But I won’t live to see it.’’

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com



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