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Volunteers Help at Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge

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There have been a few extra hands around the shop at the Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge this summer -- thanks to a couple of volunteers.

It's a husband and wife team who once they retired...decided it was time to see the country -- and all its beauty.

Perry Olson has the story.

Meet Duffy and Marty Buttolph...or as you might call them at the Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge -- the latest hired hands.

(Duane Anderson - Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge) "We are glad to have them on board and we are keeping them very busy."

The Buttolphs hail from Iowa...and for the last five years have spent the summers doing exactly this -- working to keep the outdoors beautiful...

(Duane Anderson - Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge) "They have traveled around the country to different refuges and parks, both national and county parks and state parks doing volunteer work for several years."

Yes, this couple volunteers their time across the country. Living out of an RV, and taking orders!

(Marty Buttolph - Volunteer) "Sold everything and started volunteering different places and doing whatever they want us to do." (Duffy Buttolph - Volunteer) "Somebody has been awful good to us so it is time to give back a little you know..." (Duane Anderson - Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge) "We welcomed their help and we are keeping them very busy."

This day, that meant working in the shop on a mower that needed some fine tuning for its next spin...

(Duffy Buttolph - Volunteer) "It's a lot of acres to mow here..."

And doing some work putting together new picnic tables for the public to enjoy on a visit to the picturesque park...

(Marty Buttolph - Volunteer) "Whatever they give us we do it if we are able."

And that will-do spirit has benefited Upper Souris and many other refuges and parks around the country. Perry Olson, KX News. 

 

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