Bench project helps Berndt earn Eagle honor

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by Dennis Dalman

Sartell Boy Scout Anthony Berndt, 15, who will receive his Eagle Scout badge this fall, was thanked by the Sartell City Council for all of his work installing benches at Sauk River Regional Park.

At the July City Council meeting, Berndt outlined the work he did for his bench project.

The bench project was his community project, which is one of the criteria for earning the Eagle Scout honor. After talking with city staff, Berndt decided that placing three swing benches in that park would be a good idea. He then began the long process of fundraising and enlisting help. Many other scouts in Berndt’s Sartell Troop 211 joined to work on the installation of benches, as did Berndt’s family members. First, concrete bases were poured. After the concrete cured for a week, the benches were installed at the end of June. One is at the trailhead of the park. The other two are about 20 feet apart along the trail, close to the Sauk River.

The entire project cost about $2,000. The benches are made of light-brown polywood, a hard plastic that resembles wood, which makes them virtually maintenance-free.

Each bench, which cost $600 each, was sponsored by the following: the Sartell-St. Stephen chapter of the Knights of Columbus, Medical Arts Dental and members of Berndt’s extended family.

Other funds needed for supplies, such as concrete, were provided by Pediatric Dentistry, BankVista and Walmart.

Berndt is the son of Jodi and Jodi Berndt of Sartell. He has three siblings – Ethan, Emily and Andrew.

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Anthony Berndt (background left) and volunteers dig holes in which to put concrete for Berndt’s park-bench project at Sauk River Regional Park.

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Anthony Berndt

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This is one of three swing benches installed at Sauk River Regional Park, thanks to the fundraising and hard work of Sartell Boy Scout Anthony Berndt, fellow scouts and extended-family members.


Author: Dennis Dalman

Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.

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