FORT CANBY - Jon Schmidt started work this month as an interpretive assistant at Fort Canby State Park. Originally from Minnesota, Schmidt says he and his wife, Jenny, have come to "heaven." Schmidt has been assigned to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in the park where he will be presenting programs during the center's remodeling this winter and working with designers of the new exhibits.

Originally from Mankato, Minn., Schmidt, 25, completed his state parks internship at the Mount St. Helens visitors center. He received his bachelor's degree in natural resource and leisure planning management from the University of Minnesota at Mankato.

"Coming here has been a goal and a dream since we worked two summers at Lake Crescent," Schmidt. "After that we went back to school to get our degrees so we could come back to the Northwest."

Jenny Schmidt is a teacher who will be working with Ocean Beach School District.

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