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Jevin Joki, 15, and his mother, Kelcey Joki, examine the white pine he planted in the Lester River White Pine Forest in Brighton Beach Park. The trees in the forest were planted by area students in 2007 and 2008. How much the tree has grown surprised Jevin Joki. “It’s taller than me, and I’m 6-1,” he said. “I didn’t think we would find it,” his mother said. The two were among the people attending a formal dedication of the forest Thursday evening. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Youths who planted pine saplings at Brighton Beach years ago return to celebrate

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More than 20 Lester Park and Holy Rosary school alumni gathered Thursday evening in the northern part of Brighton Beach Park to see and celebrate the “Lester River White Pine Forest.”

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“It has been a while; this definitely brings back memories,” said Cami Fischer.

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