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Fish house is gone
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Unsightly fish house is gone

As one travels north on 371 and just north of Iven’s on the Bay one might have noticed a tilted rust brown fish house sitting between 371 and North Long Lake. Turns out it has been there since a Mr. Saams placed it there in the 1940’s. It is gone! Bravo to all the folks that helped clean up our lakes area!


It was a outboard motor storage shed for Mr. Saams and his resort back in the 1940’s. Then a land developer bought the land (and the shed) in 1956. In those early years it was a well built building and certainly served a good purpose.

Minnesota’s Department of Transportation (Mn DOT) Kevin Schmidt received my plea for removal in June and 90 days later it is gone. Thank you to Kevin for doing the State required due diligence to attempt to track next of kin, which satisfied State statutes, so we could go forward with its removal.

Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber executive director wished me well in this tedious endeavor. So did County Commissioner Paul Thiede who felt we had been down this “road of efforts” in the late 70s to no avail. State Senator Paul Gazelka offered to assist if need be.

State House representative John Ward jumped in with both feet and got the Democratic Party ombudsman, Paula Thompson on it right away. Paula in turn got the Mn DOT ombudsman, Jennifer Witt, excited to help and nudge the process “down the road” to progress.

Before all was said and done the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) stepped in to verify the type of materials. Yes, they were deemed hazardous and had been possibly leaching in to North Long Lake all these years.

Well it is done. And citizens efforts are heard and responded to. Our state is working for us. I encourage you to get involved, if you are not already, and make government work for you. I found out that most of those employees and elected officials do want to help. Put them to work on your issues.

Peter Mann

Lake Shore, Mn

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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