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Legacy homestead will keep on giving to veterans

Larry Schanno realized he had something when he discovered that three springs on his property near Finland were bubbling 30,000 gallons of cool water to the surface every day.

Larry Schanno realized he had something when he discovered that three springs on his property near Finland were bubbling 30,000 gallons of cool water to the surface every day.
That was seven years ago, when Schanno decided to build a pond to catch that spring-fed flow so he could stock brook trout and rainbow trout. He wanted to create a place where veterans could come to catch fish.
Schanno secured the required permits from the Lake County Planning and Zoning Department to create the pond. He got a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to buy brook trout - and later rainbow trout - from a private hatchery to stock the pond.
Because rainbow trout are not a native species to the streams of that region, he added screening to the overflow area of the pond to keep rainbows from entering the nearby Baptism River during periods of high water.
Along the way, Schanno formed a limited liability corporation (LLC) called the Legacy Homestead to ensure that these opportunities would be available to the vets well into the future.
“My dreams kind of outgrew my pocketbook,” Schanno said.
Friends Bob and Diane Buus of Finland, along with Rick Iszler of Roseville, Minn., are on the Legacy Homestead board and have contributed time and money to the endeavor, Schanno said.
“I couldn’t have done it without their help,” he said. “We want to perpetuate it and make sure it’ll always be there for the vets.”

Sam Cook is a freelance writer for the News Tribune. Reach him at cooksam48@gmail.com or find his Facebook page at facebook.com/sam.cook.5249.
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