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Published April 13, 2012, 09:21 PM

Local Boy Scout Leader Retires After 35 Years

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) A longtime Grand Forks area Boy Scout leader is hanging up his uniform. Friday was Myron Barnes's last day as Executive Director of the Lake Agassiz District.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) A longtime Grand Forks area Boy Scout leader is hanging up his uniform. Friday was Myron Barnes's last day as Executive Director of the Lake Agassiz District.

The 62-year-old has been the director of the scouts for more than 35 years. For Barnes, who was never a scout himself, the job was a dream come true.

"My dad was disabled so I had to work a lot to support my family. I always wanted to be a Boy Scout. Never thought I'd be working for them," Barnes said.

"I don't think anyone realizes the amount of hours he spends doing what he does," Boy Scouts District Commissioner Robert Dusso said.

"He's helped the program a lot. It's nice to see someone that's in charge actually at the programs he puts on," Boy Scout Paul McCullough said.

Barnes says he's grateful for a career that he loved and all of the friends he has made in the process. For him, the most rewarding part of his job was watching his own kids be involved with the program.

"When you see your own kids go through it, you realize how good the program really is," Barnes said.

"It helps a lot with decision-making and morals and life," McCullough said.

"Myron really believes in the whole concept of Boy Scouts of America," Dusso said.

In his honor, Eagle Scout and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown declared Friday Myron Barnes Day.

"I appreciate it. It made me feel really good," Barnes said.

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