Moose Lake Flooding Recedes in Time for Agate Days Festival

Taylor Holt
July 16, 2016 08:36 PM

Following Monday night's storm, the Terry Halvorson Memorial Field was one of the many places in the town of Moose Lake fully under water. Now, waters have started to go down reassuring residents that the worst of the flooding has passed.

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"We we're a little worried because a few years ago they flooded everything out," said Carol Risdon. 

This town knows of the destruction major flooding can cause. In 2012, for some, they had seen the worst of it. And Carol Risdon, organizer of the town's agate days, says because of that fear the festival almost didn't happen.

"We were able to get the building dried out and everything but we were quite worried when the campground got flooded because we have a lot of our vendors camp in the campground," said Risdon.

Concerns for people traveling into town also arose. 

"We were worried and we wondered whether the high school here had been affected but it was apparently not," said Steve Potthoff, who traveled from Ohio for the festival.

Efforts like sandbagging to control the flooding after Monday night proved to be working - keeping plans for the town's biggest festival on track.

"It's really a big show and I would guess there's probably 3 or 4 thousand people who go through here," said Risdon."You can see some of the biggest Lake Superior agates here, but Lake Superior agates is not the only agate in the world. There's all kinds."

"My favorite mineral is agate and Moose Lake here is kind of world famous as the center where everyone comes for these annual pilgrimages to buy and sell and trade agates," said Potthoff.

As of now the town's outdoor festivities will go as planned, as major flooding or damage is no longer a threat. But some roads remained closed as efforts to minimize the flooding continues. 


Taylor Holt

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