Land of one million lakes


Land of one million lakes

By Joanie Buettgen

Copyright 2010

Living in Minnesota, with our extreme weather conditions, makes us hardy. At least that’s what people tell us. Some out of state people ask us silly questions like, “How can you stand to live in Minnesota when the temperature dips below zero?”

We usually just smile a “Minnesota Nice” smile and reply, “We loved the outdoors. The lakes are finally frozen. Let’s go ice fishing!”

After that cold comment, our out of state friends usually just shake their heads and walk away.

Now, after the five months of winter white are history, we desperately need to see the lime green landscape explode.

As the lakes begin to law in April, our thoughts turn to the liquid kind of water, our lakes. These are the kind we fish on, in real boats with the kids and of course our cute dog. Our canine friends are always thrown in for good luck.

Now, we will welcome our warmer weather that is definitely headed our way. But, this spring season in Minnesota has been disastrous.

Most of us consider the spring months to be: March, April and May. This year we flip-flopped our months. We had lovely April type weather in March, with temps well in the 50s, and we experienced March temperatures, of 30 degrees, in April.

Our long awaited planting season this year was put off until the last part of May. Usually early in the month we are in full gear and digging in the dirt around Mother’s Day. That is when most of us hit the local garden centers and buy out the lot of gardening goodies.

Now, that June has finally arrived, it should bring with it sunny days. So naturally our thoughts turn to the deck, the grill, and the porch. But it was not to be this June. It has rained constantly for most of the month.

Our fishing dreams have been put on hold for weeks. Even the fish wonder what has happened to all the anglers on our lakes. We have over 10,000 of them. But, who’s counting?

Now, with all this moisture, from the recent rains, our state bird “the mosquito,” is now in full bloom. These pesky insects will increase in size due to the abundance of many small lakes that have sprouted up in our yards. The size of these Minnesota birds will be so large that we’ll have to put a saddle on them. But, with their larger size, it’ll make them easier to swat.

With the added moisture, our vegetable and our flower gardens are full of blooms.

But, now that our Minnesota Monsoon hit, the accurate lake count increased from 10,000 to one million.

Here’s hoping the mosquitos don’t get wind of that number.

Published: Minnesota Moments Magazine, Carver County Historical Society, Kansas City BBQ Society, Carver County News, National Barn Alliance, and Ridgeview Medical Center newsletter. Memberships: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Toastmaster’s, Minnesota Newspaper Association, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop attendee. Social Networking: Blog:,, http://www.linkedin/com/in/joaniebuettgen.


3 responses »

  1. So funny!

    Scientists have been able to feed birth control pills to city pigeons in seed that’s spread around window ledges and other places pigeons hang out. Perhaps they could come up with something we can sprinkle in every tiny body of standing water we find.

  2. Wouldn’t you just love to train them all and put them on the rhythm method until they become extinct.

    Why haven’t they figured out a way to serilize mosquitoes by now, unless the ones in your State are up to no good during Winter months to keep warm.


  3. Don’t be stealing out state bird. Skeeters are plentiful down here, and with all the swamps and rain, and ditches, they are breeding out of control. If you want to borrow some, we have more than our fair share.

    Loved it Joanie. You beat me this week. I only posted one.

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