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Laurie Houle, CEO of Metro Gravel in Newport, and her family participated in the 2012 St. Paul Park Heritage Days parade, but now use the annual event to dole out white envelopes promoting a pay-it-forward message. (Submitted photo)

Newport CEO carries on husband’s ‘generous’ legacy at Heritage Days

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A famous Greek storyteller once said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop’s centuries-old truth is the foundation on which Laurie Houle, CEO of Metro Gravel in Newport, has built her family and continues to run her family’s business. It’s also the message behind a series of white envelopes that made their way into the hands of several St. Paul Park Heritage Days festival-goers earlier this month.


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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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