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Fundraiser to help pave trail in Vergas

Residents of Vergas, Minn., are hoping a fundraiser set for Saturday will help pave the way for a long-awaited trail linking the city's main street to Long Lake Park, located just outside of town.

Residents of Vergas, Minn., are hoping a fundraiser set for Saturday will help pave the way for a long-awaited trail linking the city's main street to Long Lake Park, located just outside of town.

For years, officials have worked to find ways to pay for the project, estimated to cost about $375,000, and recently a $172,300 grant was promised by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

To receive the money, the city must come up with $75,000 in matching funds.

That has prompted a number of fundraisers, including Saturday's event, which starts with a tour of homes from1 to 4 p.m., followed by a chili supper from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets for the supper are $15.

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A dance is set for that night from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Billy's Corner Bar. There will be a $2 cover charge.

Organizers say the trail, which is to be named after the late Rodger Hanson, a former Vergas mayor, is needed because the current way of reaching the park, a busy highway, is unsafe for pedestrians and bike riders.

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