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Press Photo by Nadya Faulx Suzanne Russ points in the distance Thursday while walking along a portion of the Crooked Crane Trail near Dickinson, which in recent years has become almost unusable from lack of maintenance. Russ is spearheading an effort to revive the trail.

Path most traveled: Residents fear for loss of use for Crooked Crane Trail

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When Suzanne Russ moved to Dickinson from the Twin Cities about six years ago, she found a kind of comfort in the Crooked Crane Trail encircling Patterson Lake.


It was familiar for the native Wisconsonite, a professor of psychology and education at Dickinson State University. She would take her dog, a spaniel named Josie, on walks along the largely natural 17-mile path.

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