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Grant Close-Out Visits

Below is a message from GMRPTC Executive Director Renee Mattson. You can reach her at

Happy Fall to All! The leaves are changing, pumpkins are starting to appear on porches, and days are growing shorter and shorter. It is definitely a time of transition. In addition to the transition from Summer to Fall, our good friend at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Grant Specialist Coordinator Audrey Mularie, is transitioning to retirement after a 35-year career at the DNR. While I know we all wish her the best in this next chapter (which also involves her new role of Grandma to an adorable granddaughter), we will also miss her greatly!

Audrey has been the calm presence when we’re not sure if something is going to be an issue, being the go-to for ALL grant-related questions. She has been the problem solver, helper, guidance counselor, and—hands down—a professional in all aspects. Moreover, Audrey has been a friend to us all and will be missed.

Grant Close Out Visits

Last week, I had the opportunity to make visits to two designated facilities that have completed grant projects and were ready for final inspection.

At Douglas County Lake Brophy Park, Douglas County Parks Superintendent Brad Bonk showed me and the new DNR Grant Coordinator Sarah Wennerberg the recently completed Lake Brophy shelter and visitor building. The beautiful new building was busy with a school group enjoying the shelter and play area while the rain stayed away. The park is well-used and well-loved, and the new building with covered outdoor shelter, restroom facilities, and concessions provides yet more opportunities for enjoying the park.

In addition, I spent time with DNR Grant Specialist Dan Golner, who works primarily with trails. We visited Scott Zlotnik in St. Cloud and toured 1.5 miles of newly built trail and 4.5 miles of rehabilitated Beaver Island Regional Trail. This urban trail is a frequent favorite of visitors and undeniably serves a regional audience.