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      A local Boy Scout builds a new park bridge

      Daniel Aaronson is the mastermind behind the recently built bridge less than a mile into the Craig Cove Loop trail.

      A Boy Scout from Troop 401 in Kirksville has done a service to Thousand Hills State Park goers.

      Daniel Aaronson is the mastermind behind the recently built bridge less than a mile into the Craig Cove Loop trail.

      Aaronson says the upgrade was the first thing that came to mind when planning for his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project gives the Boy Scouts the opportunity to demonstrate leadership over others while performing a community benefit.

      He says the bridge was dangerous and was the reason one park-goer broke his collar bone a few years ago.

      ??We cut the old bridge in half and used that for retaining wall for underneath the bridge and then we took some deck wood and used that for the floor boards and made a small rail underneath the inside. It??s about four feet in width, whereas the old bridge was about one,?? said Aaronson.

      Aaronson says the new bridge took a couple hours to build. He says he feels good knowing his project may cut down injuries and save lives.