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After more than a generation defining what a state park naturalist should be, Dick Clayton prepares to pass torch

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For more than a generation, Dick Clayton has defined for us what a park naturalist should be.

Soon, it will be someone else’s turn.


Dick Clayton, naturalist at Sibley State Park for 35 years, has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 3.

“I don’t know how you can sum it up in words,’’ said Jack Nelson, manager of Sibley State Park. “He really is a legacy.’’

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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