Photograph of the Week
Bear scratching back with a tree - photo captrued on Mark Macleod’s trail cam
WAPOA Seminar: Managing Water on area lakes
While residents of the Crosslake area pass by the Pine River Dam and the Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds in Crosslake many times, they may not know just why the dam was built in the first place and just what the mission of the Corps of Engineers is these days. Supervisory Park Ranger Corrine Hodapp and Natural Resource Specialist Jason Hauser of the Corps shed some light on those topics at a workshop sponsored by the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) Wednesday, July 19 at the Crosslake Community Center.
Hodapp said the Pine River dam was one of six dams built in the 1800’s to collect and save water to be used for lake and river navigation and for the Twin Cities’ milling operations. At that time, the Twin Cities area was the milling capital of the world, she said. As that changed, the mission of the Corps changed and is now focused more on maintaining the lakes for recreation, flood control and environmental stewardship.
The Corps is a civilian branch of the Army. It has 35,000 employees worldwide who are overseen by 650 military officers. The Whitefish Chain is part of the Corps’ Mississippi Watershed in its St. Paul District.
Fifty Lakes historian shares research on the Charles Ross kidnapping and murder
Did you hear about the big kidnaping murder story? It’s a classic local boy goes bad tale. You didn’t hear about it? It was in all the papers. The Brainerd Dispatch covered it on its front pages. Heck, even the Chicago Tribune covered it. In fact all the national press covered it. How did you miss it? Why, the FBI Director himself came all the way out here to investigate. It is probably the biggest crime story of the past 100 years around these parts.
Maybe you missed it because it took place in 1937 when John Seadlund from the Crosby-Ironton area kidnapped retired greeting card executive Charles Ross and eventually hid him in a pit near Mitchell Lake while he convinced Ross’ wife to pay a $50,000 cash ransom before murdering him.
Ron Manger of Fifty Lakes has researched and studied the Ross kidnapping and murder. He shared his findings at a Fifty Lakes Conservation Foundation meeting Friday, July 21 at the Foundation building in Fifty Lakes. Manger said Ross was in the habit of dining out with his wife and his former secretary. One evening in September of 1937, his wife felt ill and suggested Ross and his secretary go on without her. They traveled to a hotel restaurant.
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