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Equipment damaged at dog park

On Monday, volunteers at the Two Harbors Dog Park walked into the park and found some pieces of agility equipment broken and collapsed.

The park, which opened a couple years ago, is located behind the Lake County Arena next to a skate park and doubles as an outdoor hockey rink in the winter. It contains space for dogs to run and play and several pieces of equipment for dogs to use for agility exercises.

Britt Bredow, who helps open and run the park each summer, said the park has experienced several instances of damage to its equipment since it opened earlier this year.

"We've had to fix a few things already because it's occurred pretty much the whole season," she said. "We've had to re-screw things and wire stuff together because the equipment was being moved around in the dog park and it's just bizarre to walk in there and see all the stuff broken."

Bredow said the equipment has even been taken out of the rink area and then placed back inside broken or damaged. She said talked with the manager of Lake County Arena and they are planning to start placing a padlock on the gate to the park to prevent people dragging the equipment out of the park when no one is present. The solution, however, is not ideal for a park that is intended to be open to the public during the day throughout the summer.

Two Harbors police officer Greg Moe said he was reviewing video footage from a camera near the skate park and dog park and it does reveal someone appearing to damage the equipment over the weekend. The police are still attempting to identify the person captured on the video, but they are also trying to take measures to prevent additional damage in the future.

"I believe there have been been a couple minor issues that we've been addressing," Moe said. "We're just making extra patrols in the area and getting out and talking to the kids at the skate park."

The equipment damaged isn't particularly expensive, but the agility course was built with a Round Up Grant from Cooperative Light and Power, but otherwise, the dog park doesn't have consistent funding to repair or replace damaged or broken equipment.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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