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Staked and Frozen Bog Finds Winter Home

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For the time being, the monstrous floating bog on North Long Lake will remain in place. The bog broke off the shoreline in October in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake just outside Brainerd. It found its current resting place in front of Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center, and camp officials Tuesday said it will remain there for the winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported the bog to be about three football fields in size -- about 200 feet by 800 feet. In October, homeowners around the lake watched the bog -- a natural wetland consisting of marsh, dead plant materials, cattails and, in this case, a line of tamarack trees -- floating around the bay and wondered where it would land permanently. When the bog appeared to find a resting spot and landowners came up with a plan to manage it, the bog disappeared and floated to a new location. The last location is where the bog continues to sit, right on Legionville camp’s swimming beach. Executive Director/State Adjutant Randy Tesdahl of the Minnesota American Legion -- owners of the camp -- said the American Legion is partnering with the North Long Lake Association, the DNR and outboard motors company Evinrude to move the bog as soon as ice is off the lake. Tesdahl said they were unable to move the bog earlier as the weather changed fast and they didn’t have the manpower. Tesdahl said the Legion partnered with Evinrude in the past as the company has supplied them with products and volunteers to help with veterans programs. He said Evinrude wants to help the camp and use the bog rescue for their own marketing strategies. “Evinrude has the boats and the horsepower to try to turn it around and to fit it in place just east of here,” Tesdahl said. “We will pin it and cable it in place once it’s moved.” North Long Lake Association President Bill Schmidt said association members will be available to help in any way they can when the bog is moved. The association has been working with the Legion and the DNR since the bog began wandering around the lake. Schmidt said the weather turned cold so quick, so anchoring the bog is a good plan for the winter.