When Everett Diemert woke up, he knew he had quite a manic Monday ahead of him. He works at Hallberg Marine in Wyoming. There were a whole lot of boats that required snow removal. “We are going to have another long winter like last year,” Diemert said.
Due to high waters, officials are enforcing a minimum wake restriction for all of Lake Minnetonka. That means boats, jetskis and other watercrafts cannot go above 5 mph while the restriction is in place.
Every year Twin Cities doctors see the same kind of injuries. “The most common thing that we see are falls,” Dr. Andrew Zinkel, emergency room physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. said.
Not only is Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we’re also home to the second-highest number of registered boats in the nation. Only Florida has more motorboats registered than the 540,000 cruising our waterways. But there’s a new trend that’s getting even more families on the waters.
The chilly weather and rain isn’t stopping Minneapolis from opening up boat launches on Thursday, as scheduled. City park employees are on standby to help boaters and inspect for invasive species.
A lineup of some 700 boats threaded towards the Minneapolis Convention Center past huge piles of snow. On a sub-zero January day, it is a sight for sore eyes.
Nouadhibou is an African sea town, whose shores serve as the final resting place for more than 300 ships. The rusted hulks that litter its coastal waters are considered an eyesore by many (go figure), but they’ve brought some unexpected benefits to the local community as well.
The fight against invasive plants and animals just got easier. That’s good news because zebra mussels are becoming an increasingly bigger problem in Minnesota.
A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.
If your Fourth of July plans have you on the Mississippi River, there is one area where boats can’t travel. A log jam near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul, has doubled in size since last Friday.
The recent bouts of rainy weather mean people can’t travel up and down the Mississippi River as far as they may like to. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed three of the Minneapolis locks to recreational traffic over the weekend. It could be a week before the river is low enough to be safe. Commercial traffic can still get through.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has been closed after a cable snapped Sunday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard says the cable snapped at around 8 p.m. Now, the bridge is in down position and closed to traffic from boats 6-feet tall or higher. Once a replacement cable arrives, it will take a week to install, weather permitting.
On Monday, some hearty people took the day to launch their boats for the season. But before they got in the water, their boats had to be inspected for invasive species.
Brooke Welch is out on Lake Minnetonka, enjoying a boat ride that’s been months in the making. “It’s been a long winter, really cold so we are happy to be out on the water,” Welch said. Unfortunately for most boaters enjoying the weekend on water, gas prices in Minnesota are third highest in the nation – right behind Alaska and Hawaii.
Park Rapids will be jumping in mere hours with the arrival of the Governor. Tim Young is a great ambassador for the ice-cold 2013 fishing opener. He’s been here before.