Grand Portage playground to get badly needed upgrade

SB52 Legacy Fund grants new playground equipment in Grand Portage

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. - Situated seven miles south of the Canadian Border, the Grand Portage reservation is home to fewer than 1,000 people.

And at the Oshki Ogimaag Charter School and Community Center, the only school within 40 miles, an upgrade is desperately needed.

Last year the Department of Indian Health Services deemed much of the almost 30-year-old playground equipment unsafe.

"That playground represents and this building represents the heart of the community," said Paula Schaefbauer, a member of the committee that found the solution. "This is where people gather."

"It just kind of fell in to our laps at exactly the right time," Schaefbauer said.

A $100,000 grant was awarded to replace the entire playground. It's part of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund's 52 Weeks of Giving Campaign. The fund is giving grants to fund community-based projects like this one.

"This is in longstanding need of an upgrade," said Nicky Rice, a teacher at the school. "I think it's going to be really fun for the students."

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