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Elk Mound learns of Eagle Scout project for ball field

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND —  When Andrew Benson is done with his Eagle Scout project, Field No. 1 at the Elk Mound Lions Club Park will have a new hood for the backstop.

Benson spoke to the Elk Mound Village Board about his project during the public comments portion of the March 5 meeting.

The cost for the project will be about $3,550, he said, noting that he is working on a grant application and plans to hold fundraising events.

Benson said he had asked a representative for Reither Fence to check the backstop and had been told it was in good shape and could support a hood.

Benson’s Eagle Scout project also will include netting from the backstop to the dugout.

Andy Peterson, village president, appointed Village Trustee Pat McDougall as the village board’s representative for the project after McDougall noted that his daughter plays softball.

Benson, who will be acting as the project lead, said he plans to have the hood and netting installed in late summer or early fall.

Fall is a good time to do a project like that because there is no activity at the ball field, McDougall said.

Because Benson’s Eagle Scout project was not on the agenda for the March 5 meeting, the Elk Mound Village Board could not take action to approve it.

Peterson said the item would be placed on the Elk Mound Village Board’s agenda for the March 19 meeting.

“I see no reason why we would not approve it,” Peterson said.

Andrew Benson is an eighth grader at Elk Mound Middle School and is a member of Troop 71 out of Elk Mound.

He is the son of Michelle and Jim Benson.

Andrew also serves as secretary of the Otyokwa Lodge of the Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

In Benson’s biography on the Otyokwa Lodge website, he writes, “I enjoy playing football, baseball, and the alto saxophone. I have been in Scouts since first grade and now I am a Life Scout close to Eagle Scout.”

Otyokwa means “brotherhood” in the Algonquin language.

The lodge was chartered in 1946.