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PHOTOS: Wayzata Football Players Tackle Buckthorn

Following the buckthorn pull, the players helped fill large flower pots for planting by the residents of Boardwalk Apartments in Wayzata.

As part of the “Trojans Give Back” campaign, 28 football players from Wayzata High School pulled, chopped and tackled buckthorn, an invasive species in Minnesota, on Saturday, May 11.

“The buckthorn at the McIver location had very large root bundles,” said John Berryhill, a Wayzata resident who assisted the team. “It took much grunting, chopping and rhythmic clapping to get them out. But they did it. We were all very impressed with the work ethic and enthusiasm that the players showed.”

Following the buckthorn pull, the players helped fill large flower pots for planting by the residents of Boardwalk Apartments in Wayzata.  As a reward for their hard work, the players were treated to pizza donated by TCF Wayzata Branch Bank and MAP Transportation and to brownies prepared by the Boardwalk staff.

“We are so grateful for the Wayzata team’s enthusiasm and hard work as well as the donations made by TCF Bank and MAP Transportation,” said Lynn McCarthy, volunteer coordinator for the City of Wayzata. “It shows that there are many different ways to give back to our community.”

Information and photos provided by the City of Wayzata

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