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June 26, 2019

5/23/2019 3:28:00 PM
Memorial Day is a day to reflect, say thank you to all Veterans

Can you believe how high the water is on our lakes?  I have people ask me all the time if this is the highest it has ever been.  I remember when we moved here in 1979, the water levels were much higher than they are now.  I remember flooded cabins all over the place.  I remember swimming out and crawling onto boat house roofs to fish.  So no, it's not the highest, but we have had such low levels for so long, we have become accustomed to huge beaches and low water levels.  Heck, way back when, the water was so low there was a road that went from the Lindstrom beach to over behind the library.  There are photos that show aerial shots, from when the water was so low, farm fields were planted out from homes between the lake and the houses.  I guess it's all cyclical.  

With the high levels, some people have been taking advantage of the waterway between North Center Lake and North Lindstrom Lake. The waterway has forever been too low for maneuvering through with a motorboat, but now people are able to get through even with pontoons. I am still confused as to what someone would do if they met another boat in the skinny area of the canal.  A few readers have called us and asked us to remind the public that Bull Lake, which is along the waterway on the south side, is a non-motorized lake. Even the channel that leads to Bull Lake is non-motorized.  I guess a few boats that have been taking advantage of the waterway ventured into Bull Lake.  

Please respect the law and stay out with motorized watercraft.

This weekend is a big one. Yes, most people enjoy an extra day off, but for families of soldiers, it is a weekend of remembrance.  Memorial Day is a day for us to reflect on those who have perished either while serving or after serving our great country in the military. There are virtually Memorial Day ceremonies at every cemetery in our area on Monday and even some on Sunday.  Check the schedules in this paper.

Lord knows it’s not my responsibility to tell you what to attend or what not to, but I can suggest taking a tiny bit of time out of your long weekend to pay respects to our local fallen Vets.  It’s the least we can do.  And for the Veterans among us who are still up and running, I would like to say thank you. Thanks for what you have done and continue to do for our country.

Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom, the public is invited to the 24th aanual Memorial Day Sunday Service. The title of this year’s service is America Remembers which will begin at 9 am.All Veterans, police, fire, and EMS will be honored at the service and are asked to attend. The public is encouraged to attend as well.

Now that the warm weather is back (it is back right?.. Right?), we have started mowing season.  I for one am glad to be on top of my mower instead of behind my snowblower.  

When we are out mowing our lawns, we need to be aware of where we discharge clippings.  A good rule of thumb is to mow with the grass blowing into the yard for the first two passes and then turn outward.  Phosphorus hits the lakes and as a nutrient produces algae.  If you do get clippings into the street, just take a sec to sweep them up.

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