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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Eagle Scout project goes to the animals

  • “My parents were driving by and noticed Chuck’s spot here,” Eagle Scout candidate Ed Weckwerth said; that place is the A New Beginning Animal Rescue site near Belview along TH19....
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  • Eric Weckwerth understands what it takes to accomplish a task.
    The member of Boy Scout Troop 238 in Marshall committed himself from an early age to accomplish all that he could as a Scout, and that  is now coming to fruition as he finishes up his Eagle Scout project.
    Weckwerth has spent countless hours working on a project that would benefit animals.
    When, Weckwerth, who is going to be a senior at Lakeview in Cottonwood this fall, got an idea for a project from his mom and dad, he went with it.
    “My parents were driving by and noticed Chuck’s spot here,” Weckwerth said. “They stopped to talk to him about it and then told me about it later.”
    That place is the A New Beginning Animal Rescue site near Belview along TH19.
    Knowing there was a need for new kennel spaces for Chuck Schmidt’s operation, Weckwerth got busy putting together a plan that had to be ap-proved by Boy Scout leadership. He also had to find support for the project, as well as volunteers who would help him accomplish the task.
    Weckwerth went to a variety of businesses in the area and received a lot of support, and he had a good group of people come out and help him build the 10 kennel spots as well as setting off a 10’X53’ foot dog run.
    “It’s been a lot of fun working on this project,” said Weckwerth. “It means a lot to me knowing we could help.  It’s crazy to think about all of the work I had to do, but I think it is all going to be worth it.”
    Chuck Schmidt said he is very appreciative of the help he received, adding it is all about helping the animals he rescues and takes care of often at his own expense.
    Weckwerth, who has been in the Boy Scouts for 11 years, said from an early age he had a plan to work toward earning his Eagle Scout award.
    “Since I was eight years old, I have been interested in flying, and plan to go into the Air Force after graduation,” he said, adding the incentive of moving up the ranks faster in the military prompted him to keep working toward the Eagle award even when the tasks were daunting.
    In addition to completing his project, Weckwerth has also served in various leadership roles in his troop from patrol leader to junior assistant Scout master, and he has earned 21 badges.
    He said the first aid badge was one of the hardest, because there was so much information you to had to remember, and he said the fishing badge was the easiest and the one he enjoyed most.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I am a huge fisherman,” he said.
    Weckwerth can feel a sense of accomplishment in knowing he is earning the Eagle award, and he can know his project is making a difference.
    Weckwerth encouraged people to donate to help out the animal rescue operation.
    Those who are interested in making a donation to help with the effort can do so by calling (507) 430-9194.
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