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Future of Pequot Lakes fire tower clearer now - Brainerd Dispatch MN

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Published on Oct 4, 2012

Once its lofty perch provided an early warning against the destructive force of forest fire.

Now, for those people without a fear of heights, the historic fire tower near Pequot Lakes provides a panoramic view of the fall foliage.

The last few warm sunny days and potent fall color attracted people to make the verticle walk. But it wasn't long ago the future of the Pequot Lookout Tower was in question. On June 30, 2011, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the tower and constructed a chain-link fence around it with a locked gate. The public access was in limbo. But a grass-roots effort with Save Our Fire Tower Today or SOFT-T brought together volunteers to retain the tower.

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