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Send Us Your Ideas for Dealing with Minnesota's Rogue Bog

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Minnesota has a bog problem. After we ran writer Andrea Appleton’s story about “The wild beast of North Long Lake,” a four-acre, floating peat bog that has been causing havoc recently, our readers were eager to offer some ad hoc solutions for how to deal with the troublesome natural phenomenon. And we want to hear more!

The giant roving island naturally detached from its former home, bound to the shore near a summer camp, and has bounced around the lake. At nearly 30 feet thick in places, it destroyed residential docks and boat lifts. Though it has come to rest back at the summer camp’s swimming beach, the bog requires a more permanent solution, before it drifts off to cause more damage.

"I come right out and admit, I am not an engineer," says Randy Tesdahl, the head of the American Legion in Minnesota, who helped devise the current plan for dealing with the bog, and who spoke with us for an update. Tesdahl and company's current plan is to lasso the whole thing with chains, swing it towards a less intrusive part of the lake, and stake it in place. It's an ambitious plan, but the whole community is pitching in. Along with the North Long Lake Association and the Department of Natural Resources, Tesdahl and other members of the Legion plan to complete the operation in a single day. If he gets his way, there will even be a volunteer breakfast in the morning and a celebratory barbecue at night. "I'm a retired marine, and I know that if everybody pulls together, humanity can do some pretty cool things."

If this bog were in your backyard, how would you deal with it? Would you try to blow it up? Let it wander the lake as a floating reserve? Scoop it up with a giant plane? Give us your ideas of how to deal with such a unique problem below, no matter how silly or strange. We’ll collect the best and post them in a later article!

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ryanbrazell
3 days ago
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Make whiskey.
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How to make a Cheeto

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I love Cheetos, and I was curious, and I initially intended to just use the timeline to browse the content, but I wound up watching the entire sixteen minutes of this video.  What was most interesting to me was not "how to make a Cheeto," but rather how knowledgeable the chef was with regard to food science.  A professional chef is different from you and me the way a professional golfer is different from a weekend duffer. 

This is a totally impractical video.  It will never be worth anyone's time and expense to make Cheetos at home rather than buy them, but for me it was enjoyable watching someone at the top of her game display her skill set.

And if you enjoyed this video, the Bon Appetit channel has lots more.

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Quesadillas With Sweet Potato Instead of Cheese: Worth the Backlash

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Sweet potatoes in a quesadilla? Instead of cheese? Not only is it possible, it's delicious. Read More
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144 days ago
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No. A quesadilla without cheese is not a quesadilla.
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fxer
143 days ago
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if you like this you're gonna love my new soup recipe that can be sliced like bread
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Sturgeon’s Law: why professional does not equal good.

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#1352; Personal Pan Patois

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You'd develop your own language isolate too, if you lived in a grain silo for three decades

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jepler
183 days ago
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"Back me up here, Glominda!"
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hobbified
182 days ago
Your name is Bleminda, and I'm writing it on this cup.

#1339; Less Borrowing than Hoarding

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At least the library book has a ticking clock attached. These cobwebbed shelves of books I OWN never had a chance.

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jepler
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would be better if it were shorter and ended with "oh no"
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