5/30/2019 3:40:00 PM Memorial Day thoughts, we lose
another icon; boaters be cautious
What a weekend we had for a long Memorial weekend. Yes, the weather was bad for the Monday services, but in a way it was kind of appropriate for the mood of the services. I attended a couple of them and the rain and wind didn’t deter any of the people who took time out of their long weekend to come honor those who have served our great country.
Thank you to all of the men and women who helped make Memorial Day special and meaningful. I have said it a million times and I will continue to say it, we have some of the greatest veterans in our area and the ones we have lost are incomparable.
This Saturday, everyone is invited to Allemansratt Wilderness Park for the grand opening of the Anderson House History Panels. The panels are a historical tour of the Anderson Peninsula including the refurbished farm home, where the panels are displayed.
It’s easy to get to, just follow Olinda Trail north of Lindstrom Dairy Queen past St. Bridget’s all the way to the park. The Anderson House is on the east side across from the Allemansratt Park sign. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 2 pm and the event will run until 4 pm. There will be hot dogs, marsmallows for roasting in the fire pit as well as some fun yard games.
It seems like every week I am writing about local icons who have passed away. Sadly this week there is another one. Richard Peterson has left us. Doesn’t sound familiar? How about R.E. Peterson?
R.E. ran a very successful excavation business which many of us know as the company with maroon and gold trucks. He built a great company on hard work and a very witty sense of humor depending on whom you asked. R.E. will be missed in the community, but his legacy will live forever.
So-- we decided because it was so nice on Sunday we would head out on the lake and try our hand at fishing. Apparently the entire county decided it would be a good idea as well. The boat landings were a zoo. People (very few) were causing havoc at the landing but that's a story for a different time. The lakes were packed with people enjoying the opportunity to be on the water without ice under- foot. We had a great time and it seemed most were having a good time as well. With all of the rain recently you can really see how high our lakes are along the shores.
That being said, we as fellow boaters need to respect the lakehome owner's property along the water. When boaters create large wakes, it erodes lakeshore very quickly.
In fact, there’s a no-wake restriction (county ordinance) for our lakes (yes and others) that states you must travel at a no wake speed within 300 feet of shore. Yes, you can drive fast, but you must be at least 300 feet away from shore. There is still plenty of lake to have some fun on.