Pinter becomes an Eagle Scout

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An Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was recently conducted to celebrate the accomplishment of Nathan Pinter, who earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank

Nathan Pinter

of Eagle Scout.

The ceremony was at his home church, Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. He and Jared Dotterer of Otsego become the 15th and 16th Eagle Scouts to hail from Rogers Troop 582 while Dotterer’s brother, Jakob, became the very first Eagle Scout from Otsego Troop 590.

Pinter, 15, is the son of Mike and Camille Pinter of Rogers and is a sophomore at Rogers High School. He has been an active member of Rogers Troop 582 since joining in fifth grade. His Eagle Scout service project was planting a rain garden off of the parking lot at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley.

A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from urban areas like driveways and parking lots the opportunity to be absorbed, as opposed to flowing into storm drains. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. They can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30 percent.

Pinter was in contact with many different people and agencies in order to complete the design and plan the implementation of the project. After getting his applications and permits approved from the city of Golden Valley, he created a project plan, ordered the materials and lined up volunteers from his family, Scout troop, friends and Valley Church members.

Two hundred native plants purchased from the Ramsey County Correctional Facility were used in the rain garden and more than 160 total hours of volunteer time went into the planning and execution of the project.