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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden-Hubbell fifth-grade high school student Beau Hakala makes a presentation about his senior project at Monday’s Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board meeting Monday. Pictured, left to right, are Secretary Lori Ambuehl, Superintendent Brad Codere and President Patricia Burton.

LAKE LINDEN — A student from the early college program at Lake Linden High School made a presentation to the board about his graduation project Monday night.

Beau Hakala, a fifth-year student at Lake Linden, developed a community garden for his project.

The three-year program is a partnership with Gogebic Community College that began in 2015.

Hakala partnered with student Gabriel Poirier for the project. Seniors must complete a project of at least 15 hours of volunteer work to benefit the community before graduating.

They spoke with Poirier’s father, Bob Poirier, Linden Lake clerk, about the village’s needs. Their suggestions included cleaning up the village park or maintaining village buildings. Bob Poirier suggested a community garden, which had been discussed but never materialized.

“Once we heard that there was an idea for a community garden, but there had never been one, we decided to make building a community garden our main project,” Hakala said.

The village council and the town center development authority have both approved the project. The students researched community gardens online and spoke with people who run other gardens in the area. They chose four raised cedar beds, each measuring 4 feet wide, 8 feet long, and 2 feet high.

Using lumber donated by Houghton Building Supply, Hakala and Poirier constructed the beds for the Lake Linden Public Works garage. A village end loader hauled the 250-pound flowerbeds to the garden house near the Lake Linden School baseball field.

Residents learned about the gardens through the Village of Lake Linden newsletter. It opened last summer, with people planting tomatoes, cucumbers and other foods.

“We hope that the gardens will continue to be enjoyed by the people of the village and will then give people a place to grow fresh fruit and vegetables for years to come,” Hakala said.

The village is responsible for maintaining the garden. It will also be supervised by the organizer of the village farmers’ market.

More beds are possible in the future, Hakala said. Other future plans include putting up fencing to prevent deer from eating the plants.

In other actions, the council:

– Approved up to $2,500 in Margaret Jones Scholarships for the 2021-22 school year.

— Approved up to $3,000 in Irving Clouthier scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

– Approved the Copper Country Middle School District Great Start Readiness Program Agreement.

— Planning a scholarship committee meeting to award district scholarships.

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