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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 21, 2008

Summer is finally here. What a better time to get out and celebrate Tuttle Lake Day today.

The Okamanpedan Development Association started Tuttle Lake Day several years ago to help raise funds to improve Tuttle Lake. Funds go to testing lake water and data is used to improve water quality, fishing, and other recreation. There’s a dredging program planned in the future. The Okamanpedan Development Association’s efforts have gained the attention of both Iowa and Minnesota to the point that joint meetings have been held to help improve the entire watershed of the east fork of the Upper Des Moines River.

At 11:30 a.m. the hog roast starts and food will be served until 1 p.m. with a free-will offering accepted. As you go through the line for the hog roast, you’ll get a ticket with a number for your duck in the duck race.

At 1 p.m. Ole and Lena (Anita Larsen and Bill Hanson) will perform a skit from two of your favorite scandinavian characters.

Children’s games start at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. chainsaw art by Jeff Klatte will be auctioned. Klatte will be sculpting four statues from tree logs. There will also be drawings for other items.

There will also be woodcarving exhibits by Jim Jones of Dolliver and conservation exhibits throughout the day. Tuttle Lake shirts and caps will also be for sale.

The Okamanpedan Development Association is to be commended for taking on an incredible task — improving the water quality of a lake spanning two states. As a result, they’re untangling the wires of political bureaucracy that naturally come from trying to work with two states. But they’re succeeding, by getting the cooperation of Martin County Soil Conservation, the Emmet County Natural Resource Conservation Service, Martin County Board of Commissioners, and the Emmet County Conservation Board. Emmet County is going to be a much better place for all their efforts.

So enjoy the beginning of summer and enjoy a great cause at Tuttle Lake Day today.