MPR News riled up Minnesota lakes with a rousing contest to see which of us was the most loved.
Thousands of loyal fans voted for me, Rainy Lake, along with these other amazing Minnesota lakes:
Wow! That's quite the list!
MPR's contest ran over a few weeks, gradually narrowing down favorites and pitting the best of the best against each other--ending up with a final match between our sister, Lake Kabetogama fighting the giant Lake Superior.
I had to laugh a little, watching fans of the lakes compete aggressively--as if millions of gallons of water were no better than a sporting team. Well--we are. Our natural power and beauty can't compete and can't be beat. We have the power to give life to plants, animals and people. We have strength greater than an army. We can transform into an expansive skylight for schools of fish, solid enough to support teams of snowmobiles. We can evaporate in your grasp, refusing to be transported. We are Lakes. We are Water. We are an element that can't be won.
Even with all of our strength, Minnesota lakes are one big happy family. We have the same water flowing through our DNA! We work together to keep Minnesota's agriculture alive and growing. We keep our depths and micro-organisms in check so that our fish populations stay strong and healthy. We smooth the rocks on our beaches so that families can enjoy swimming in our waters.
We are Minnesota Lakes, and we are in this together.
To show your love for Minnesota Lakes, comment below with your favorite thing to do with us in our many forms. And then--put your phone down, step away from your computer, and come play. We miss you and hope that the next time you're asked to Vote for a Lake, you'll remember that instead of clicking a button, you can just go for a swim or a boat ride.
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