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Paul Augustine, co-founder of Afton Alps Recreation Area. Augustine died Jan. 1. He was 79. Photo courtesy of Afton Alps.

Afton Alps co-founder dies

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Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79.

Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager.


Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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