Memorial bench installed to honor Corps apprentice


On September 12, a crowd gathered at at Fritz Loven Park near Brainerd to help install a memorial bench in honor of Caitlin Daudt, a 2014 Corps apprentice. Daudt died last summer in a vehicle collision while on her way to serve at her host site, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District. She was an exemplary member of Conservation Corps. Her life and work spoke volumes about the passion she had for service, the environment and the people of her community. Family and friends joined Corps members and staff to install the bench, put in native plantings and release monarch butterflies near Stony Brook, which flows through the park and was a meaningful place to Daudt. She participated in shoreline restoration projects on the banks of Stony Brook and was deeply passionate about her service work in the area.