Self-described youth troublemaker gives back to town

Published 10-14-2018

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FREDERICK, S.D. (AP) - Dan Maunu says he had a "terrible reputation" growing up in Frederick in the early 1990s, and now he's trying to right some wrongs.

The 38-year-old Sioux Falls painting business owner reached out this summer to see how he could help out in the small community where he says he had a reputation for being a troublemaker as a youth.

"Whether doing cookies on the 50-yard line (of the football field), spray-painting rundown buildings, squealing my tires on Main Street, I had a terrible reputation growing up," he told the American News.

"There was only a few of us in town. I never got caught, but they probably knew," he said.

Maunu decided he wanted to set things right, more than two decades later. Krysti Mikkonen, president of Frederick Forward, told him she knew exactly what he could do.

"Painting - that's one way I knew the town of Frederick could benefit from what I do," Maunu said.

This summer he went to work sprucing up the town park's arch, playground equipment, picnic table shelter and bathrooms.

Maunu wanted not only to pay off some old debts but also set an example for his 6-, 7- and 16-year-old sons.

"I talked to a few different people. They thanked me. I wasn't looking for thanks, it was paying a debt in my eyes," he said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

This summer he went to work sprucing up the town park's arch, playground equipment, picnic table shelter and bathrooms.

Maunu wanted not only to pay off some old debts but also set an example for his 6-, 7- and 16-year-old sons.

"I talked to a few different people. They thanked me. I wasn't looking for thanks, it was paying a debt in my eyes," he said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

"I talked to a few different people. They thanked me. I wasn't looking for thanks, it was paying a debt in my eyes," he said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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