LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Residents and trail supporters turned out to celebrate the opening of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in Lester Prairie Sept. 12.
The event was hosted by the Lester Prairie Trail Committee, consisting of Mary Behrens, Larry Burandt, Gordon Houk, Craig Heimerl, Dave Klitzke, Kelli Machemehl, Mary Ann Teubert, and Jen Thiry.
It marked the opening of the trail from Lester Prairie east to the paved portion of the trail which begins in Carver County.
The work to make the trail usable to reach Pine Street in Lester Prairie was made possible by more than $27,000 in donations from members of the community and trail supporters.
The portion of the trail in McLeod County is packed gravel. Supporters are still trying to find funding to pave the trail.
More photos of the event can be found by clicking here: PHOTO GALLERY.