These five young men have all achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. From left, are Kaleb Gilson, Riley Pfau, Kyle Anderson, James Kesler, and Ty Heckenlaible. Their achievements are noteworthy. The boys are all from Montrose Troop 312 and all completed the Eagle Scout requirements within the past year. Across the United States, only about six percent of Boy Scouts ever earn that rank. (Photo by Doug Voerding)


Boy Scout Ty Heckenlaible arranged for and then constructed three benches at scenic areas along the trail between Montrose and Buffalo. While the project was completed in 2015, Ty completed all of the requirements for his Eagle Scout rank this past year. (Photos courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 312)


With two apple trees in hand, Boy Scout Kyle Anderson is on his way to the planting site he arranged with the City of Montrose. Kyle planted four apple trees in three different Montrose parks, not only to improve the parks, but also to provide food to park visitors.


The Eagle Scout project of Kaleb Gilson was the construction of a brick circle around the flag pole at the Wright County VFW Post 1901 home in Montrose. The work enhanced the raising and lowering of the flag at the site on Highway 12, which, said Kaleb, is at times quite muddy.


Boy Scout James Kesler shows off his Eagle Scout project, extending a walkway from the Wright County VFW Post 1901 home to the flagpole. A separate project, James' stone path connected to the stone circle around the flagpole, completed earlier by fellow Scout Kaleb Gilson.


Boy Scout Riley Pfau designed and constructed this fire pit for the Wright County VFW Post 1901. The fire pit will be used to respectfully burn old American flags, but can also be used for barbecues. The post home on Highway 12 on the east side of Montrose can be seen in the upper right.