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High water, no wake zone

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The “high water, no wake” alert put out by the Cass County Sheriff Department had no effect on high power wake board and ski boats this past week. And while Crow Wing County didn’t put out an alert, the sheriff put out a request for responsible boating. Dream on!

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On the tiny 100 acre lake I live on a sarcastic chant of “no wake, no wake” was heard coming from the speeding wake board boat filled with adults and children visiting a neighbor for the holiday week. As waves crashed into shores continually 10 hours a day, we lake property owners had to stand by and watch our shoreline unnecessarily disappear. With muddied waters and high waves, shoreline swimming was difficult at best.

The sheriff’s department, while listening attentively over the phone, was reportedly receiving hundreds of similar complaints, and stated not a whole lot could be done. Water levels will remain near an all-time-high for the rest of the summer on many of the areas smaller lakes.

We could ask boaters to slow down and be aware of the wakes their boat creates, but the sheriff’s department has already done that. The majority suffers and will pay the consequences so a few can act carelessly, recklessly and in total disregard.

Jan and Mark Skjolsvik

Fifty Lakes

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