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Ever get bogged down???
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:02:56 AM »
Efforts to move monstrous floating bog on northern Minnesota lake bogs down. :doah:

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LEGIONVILLE, Minn. -- A monstrous floating bog -- about the size of three football fields -- is refusing to leave without a fight from the spot it floated into on a northern Minnesota lake north of Brainerd.

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The bog has been lodged in North Long Lake in front of the Minnesota American Legion’s Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center since last fall.


Volunteers with the North Long Lake Association, the Minnesota DNR and the Minnesota American Legion -- the owner of the camp -- worked all day Wednesday, May 16, trying to get the bog to budge. The mission was to remove the bog from its current position on the camp’s swimming beach -- where close to 700 children swim each summer -- and place it back to close to where it came from, just northwest of the camp.

The floating bog became a problem when it broke away from its shoreline in October of 2017 in Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake. :doah:  The bog floated around the bay as the wind shifted -- damaging property in the process -- until it found its final resting place for the winter in front of the Legionville camp’s swimming beach.

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The DNR reported the bog is about 200 feet by 800 feet. The bog is a natural wetland consisting of marsh, dead plant materials, cattails and, in this case, a line of tamarack trees.

Volunteers used several boats -- including boats donated by Evinrude -- a barge, skid-steer loaders and an excavator in their attempt to dislodge the floating mass.

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The first plan tried was to chain together a row of logs and place them vertically between the shoreline and the bog. Volunteers then used skid-steer loaders and pushed the log system to try to push the bog. On the open water side of the bog was a row of boats with heavy-duty utility straps attached to pull the bog. The boats pulled and the skid loaders pushed all morning Wednesday with no success. :banghead:

Plan B was to cut the bog in half. :happy1:

Volunteers then put together PVC pipes, placed them underneath the bog, then threaded cable inside the pipes and attached them to the tow truck. The pipes were removed and the towing winch on the truck, slowly and steadily, wheeled the cable in to make the cut.

It took all afternoon but about 5:15 p.m. they made some progress. They were able to cut the bog in half. Success.

Volunteers made one more cut in the bog before nightfall and plans are to continue Thursday, May 17, to move the bog to its original location, a DNR forester said.

Throughout the day, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Boat and Water Division had three boats with deputies patrolling the perimeter to set up a “safe zone” around the area to make sure boat traffic stayed out of the working area.


“It is quite an undertaking,” Sgt. D.J. Downie with the sheriff’s office said. “I do commend the North Long Lake Association for just not throwing their hands up and saying there is nothing they can do. They are trying their best, as well as the American Legion. There have been several volunteers from the community who have stepped up to help.”

Residents in the area stopped by throughout the day to check on the progress of the bog. One couple said the lake has had numerous bogs floating around Merrifield Bay in the past, but never any as big as the one sitting on Legionville’s beach at that moment.

Tom Hagen, who lives off Legionville Road, said when he first heard about the size of the bog on Merrifield Bay, he couldn’t believe it. Hagen said he checked out the bog last October and again Wednesday.

“It was mind-boggling then and it still is mind-boggling,” Hagen said. “I heard they were looking for volunteers. I think everyone knew something was going to happen with it, but didn’t expect anything this drastic. We will see what happens. :confused:

“I think it sat too long. ... I’m in shock that it is taking this long (to get it to move).”

Executive Director/State Adjutant Randy Tesdahl of the Minnesota American Legion, who helped organize the bog move, said they made lemonade out of lemons Wednesday. He said the bog may not have moved much, but eventually it will be gone and back where it came from on North Long Lake so youths who stay at the camp will have the opportunity to use the water.

Tesdahl said from an ecological standpoint the bog is fine where it is located in front of Legionville. He said it is the DNR’s job is to make sure the waterways are safe and protected. However, he said the DNR has worked with the American Legion to move the bog naturally so they can have their beach back for the kids.

Tesdahl said when the bog made its home in front of the camp last fall they called bog removal companies to see how much it would cost to move it, with prices ranging from $60,000 to $100,000. He said the American Legion, the lake association and the DNR do not have the income to remove the bog, so they knew they needed to do it on their own.

“We’ve been blessed to work together with all these people,” he said. “This really turned into a community event. … All (the volunteers) have been a very huge part of the positive side of this. As we know there was a lot of grumbling last fall about this and we were able to turn this around.”

The Legionville camp was established by the Minnesota American Legion for the purpose of training young people in correct school patrol procedures. School safety and bus patrol training is the primary focus of the camp, however other classes campers attend are first aid, watercraft safety and swim safety, Legionville’s website states.


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Re: Ever get bogged down???
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 08:52:42 AM »
I was trying to figure out what all those white things were that look like docks half way through the bog.  My guess is the workers laid down boards so they could walk out and anchor ropes and such to try and pull it off.

I hope they get 'er done, but those 5 li'l fishin' boats in the video sure looked under-powered for the task at hand.  Can you even begin to guess what that bog might weigh?


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Re: Ever get bogged down???
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 09:52:43 AM »
Interesting project.  I know people who have moved small bogs from their property.  You tow them to the middle of the lake and unhook your rope and hope they drift to someone elses property.  Never ending deal.  So what is going to keep this one where they tow it?  I also heard them say on TV that the water level is low in the lake.  Makes me think you need to wait for the water level to raise so the bog is floating again before you are going to be able to tow it out from shore.

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Re: Ever get bogged down???
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 07:28:48 PM »
Interesting project.  I know people who have moved small bogs from their property.  You tow them to the middle of the lake and unhook your rope and hope they drift to someone elses property.  Never ending deal.  So what is going to keep this one where they tow it?  I also heard them say on TV that the water level is low in the lake.  Makes me think you need to wait for the water level to raise so the bog is floating again before you are going to be able to tow it out from shore.

The longer they wait the more it's going to grow and attach to the bottom. They need to get it loose when some big waves come tow it back to where it came from then drop the Power poles to keep it there!  :rotflmao:
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Re: Ever get bogged down???
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 01:08:40 AM »
              :cheerleader: 'We did it! ':happy1:

Volunteers finally move troublesome bog on North Long Lake.

6/10/18

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LEGIONVILLE, Minn.—Volunteer crews finally won the weeks-long battle with the bog Sunday, June 10, the culmination of hundreds of man-hours spent in hot, humid conditions, wielding chainsaws and powering boats to dismember it.

"When the last piece went, all the volunteers yelled 'Hey! We did it!'" said Bill Schmidt, the president of North Long Lake Association. "That really tells you about it."

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In the end, it took the power of 24 small boats and pontoons, plus the aid of a Bob Cat to overcome "The Beast," as its been dubbed by Schmidt—the work of 25-30 volunteers, to say nothing of the contributions of Rosie-Ann the labradoodle.

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After crews separated the bog, they towed and pushed the individual pieces a few hundred yards down shore. To move the floating bog, a pack of small watercraft crashed into the bog over and over again like ancient war ships—aluminum noses beached on the bog, engines churning furiously in the water—then ferried it along like tug boats escorting tiny continents. All in all, the process took about 4 1/2 hours after starting at 10 a.m.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported the bog was about 255,000 square feet in diameter and estimated to weigh 4,000 tons, or 8 million pounds. The bog is a natural wetland consisting of marsh, dead plant materials, cattails and this one features a line of tamarack trees.

Bogs are formations attached to land—the result of sediment build up and plant growth that occurs where water and ground meet and coalesce in nutrient-rich shallows. The North Long Lake bog became detached in August 2017, Schmidt said, when heavy rainfall fed into to a creek that then fed into the lake. The heavy influx of water, coupled with strong winds, lifted the bog from its roots and out into open water.

In the days that followed, the bog floated around the bay as the wind shifted—damaging property in the process—until it found its final resting place for the winter in front of the Legionville camp's swimming beach, just a few hundred yards from its place of origin.

"If we had a pattern to follow, it would have been a lot easier. This is the first time anyone's tried to move a bog this big," said Schmidt, who noted the closest example they could find in their research was a bog removed in Wisconsin that sat about a third the size of North Long Lake's nuisance. "If you brought in huge, big equipment it would have made it a whole lot easier. (We) decided to make it a community project, move it piece by piece, and that's what we did today."


As a result, the bog removal was a slow, arduous process of trial and error—initially a push to shift the entire mass in one go, then subsequent efforts to break it down into increasingly smaller, more manageable pieces with tow-cables and chainsaws; constant readjustments dictated by the sheer size of the bog, its composition and problematic weather.

The bog removal has been in the works for months, said Randy Tesdahl, the state adjunct/executive director of the Minnesota American Legion—efforts going back to when he first started laying down plywood in November, though the project began in earnest about a month ago. Volunteers went out every weekend to remove the bog, and every weekend they returned with little success—until efforts finally came to fruition Sunday.

It may have seemed the less effective—and efficient route—Tesdahl noted, but by leaning on neighbors and local organizations, the project's price tag was significantly smaller than it's projected cost when the possibility of hiring outside help was explored.

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"This is all volunteer, this is a community effort—the community, the lake's association, the (Minnesota) DNR, American Legion—just general people on the lake, coming over in their boats and saying 'How can we help?'" Tesdahl said. "So, a $100,000 to $600,000 project we were able to do with volunteers.

"Community, community, community—it's a partnership," he added. "There were people who said 'You're not going to get that moved." All the companies with their big equipment said 'Oh, we'll do it, we'll do it. It will take us a few weeks, but we'll do it.' We were able to do it with the mindset: 'Let's come together.'"

Summer Camp Bogged Down: :banghead:

The Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center was established by the Minnesota American Legion for the purpose of training Minnesota young people in correct school patrol procedures.

School safety and bus patrol training are the primary focuses of the camp, however other classes campers attend are first aid, watercraft and swim safety, according to Legionville's website. Previously, summer campers had been turned away amid safety concerns on account of the bog and—about 700 children swim at the beach each summer.

Now, the beach can be reopened—though, Tesdahl said, it will remain closed for the rest of the summer with the bog and a few lingering safety hazards still present a few hundred yards down the shore.

"Kids are kids and the fear is that kids are going to explore," said Tesdahl, who noted this gives camp administrators an opportunity to cleanup and improve the beach in the meantime. "They're here for a full week and if you've been to camp—a lot of us have—you sneak out at night, you go play, you go do things you shouldn't do at night as a kid, as a teenager. The last thing you need is a kid going out on the bog and falling through it."


A bevy of boats maneuvers a piece of bog away from the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center beach Sunday, June 10, on North Long Lake. Kelly Humphrey / Forum News Service.

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A loader with a log gets into place to help push a piece of bog away from the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center beach Sunday, June 10, on North Long Lake.

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