Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Folks in Hermantown have a new nature trail to enjoy thanks to the work of Boy Scout Nate Maddy.
His Eagle service project built the trail on a corner of Hermantown's City Complex.
The trail is named after Ron Minter, the former fire chief in Hermantown who had the vision to purchase the land where the trail and city complex is located.
Maddy says scouting taught him to be helpful towards his community and how to work towards a goal.
"I like to be able to strive for a goal and reach it. When I joined scouting my goal was to become an Eagle Scout." said Maddy.
That goal was accomplished on Sunday when Maddy received his Eagle Award at a ceremony at his church.
"The blue of my flag is for faith and loyalty like the eternal blue of the star field in the heavens." said Boy Scouts taking part in the ceremony.
Nate is the 51st scout from Troop 106 to earn the Eagle since 1991.
Grant Forsyth of the Voyageurs' Area Scout Council tells us that the Eagle project is only one of the 325 requirements to earn the rank.
At his ceremony, Maddy thanked the dozens of people who helped him earn the achievement including his mom and dad.
"As a symbol of what he's contributed to your achievement, please pin on him this miniature eagle pin." said the master of ceremonies as Maddy put a pin on his father.
Earning the eagle is often a sign that a boy's time as a scout is ending.
It also means his time as a man and community leader is just beginning.
Nate Maddy says he's already paying back as a scout leader himself.
In Hermantown, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
Nate Maddy, of course, isn't the only young Northlander to earn the Eagle rank lately.
Last month, Nick Kirchoff of Troop 202 in Superior earned it as well.