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Seeing a lot of hardhats lately? It’s all for a big renovation project that began in late June at the main Staples campus. The $4.2 million project will increase efficiency, space utilization and sustainability, and the expansion of academic programs, services and facilities. The two main focuses of the renovation project are the Student Services and the dining commons areas.
Bart Lindberg ’15 is paddling through a long, winding challenge. He’s canoeing the length of the Mississippi River. It’s part of the Mississippi River Warrior Hike Program, which he and two others are participating in together.
Lindberg, a Brainerd native who spent four years as a watercraft operator in the Army, took both welding courses at CLC and earned the Certified Production Technician Certificate. He finished his coursework this past summer before starting his trip at Itasca State Park July 20. He and his two paddling partners are hoping to reach the end of the river Nov. 22.
Being out on the water is a way for Lindberg to “renew his faith in mankind.” “When I got out of the military in January, I had to learn how to trust people again,” he said. “When you leave the military, you have a feeling that people are evil. But we’re meeting a lot of nice people on this trip.” An added honor: Mayor James Wallin proclaimed Aug. 18, 2015 as “Warrior Hike Day” in Brainerd in honor of Lindberg and his team.