I, too, have a response to the weeds that have taken over Detroit Lake. We advertise, "DL with a mile long sandy beach, come visit Minnesota today." Huh? Have any of the local city leaders been past our beautiful beach lately? Better yet would they, their children or grandchildren, be willing to take a picture for the Minnesota magazine swimming in the weed infested area? I'm guessing not.
I was born and raised here. I've spent many years enjoying that beach and until a year ago, would take my grandkids down for the day to swim and play on the "beautiful sandy beach." Not anymore! Between the weeds and the swimmer's itch, it's worth the extra gas to drive a few more miles for clean, clear, weedless swimming areas. Right now, the weeds look like someone should be out there mowing. And it isn't any better further out in deep water, you just can't see them above the water.
What happened? I used to be proud of our lake and beach. Now I hear "oh, they are trying chemicals, which is better for the environment." Just bring back the big green-orange weed-cutting machine, please. Let's take a little more pride in our mile-long sandy beach, what good is it if our vacationers are appalled by the sight of it? And then we wonder why they use it as a bathtub? Sometimes, I think it looks 100 percent better in the winter with the fish houses on it, at least then the little evergreen trees look nice. -- Jill Larson, Detroit Lakes