Nestled among the pines and maples of Minnesota lies the small, bustling town of Moose Lake, gateway to the North Woods. Providing a short cut to the northern lakes and resorts, Moose Lake is a busy hub for travelers from Minneapolis and the metro area as they leave Interstate I-35 to connect with the roads taking them to their destinations across northern Minnesota.
Our seemingly small town is bursting with resources, both natural and man made. Our lake provides our community with a swimming beach, playground, and RV campground. Moose Lake is also the proud owner of one of Minnesota’s finest State Parks, home to the only agate exhibit in the region. The Willard Munger bike trail covers the old railroad tracks that once brought goods and timber to and from our town. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it now provides a beautiful trail for biking, jogging, and walking trails along the streams, forests, and slate rock passages dynamited by the railroad crews years ago.
Our love of natural resources prompted our Communities for All Ages/AGE to age coalition to focus on the Moose Horn River area with its unused river frontage and unattractive hockey arena sitting just a few hundred yards inland. The underutilized river frontage provoked ideas for picnic areas, walkways and river access to fish or launch a canoe. The unsightly and worn down hockey arena inspired ideas for new paint and siding plus a covered porch around the building to house the Farmer’s Market participants. Thus our “First Things First” initiative was born. The first thing you see when you drive into our town is the river and hockey arena, we’re putting it first on our list to renovate and rejuvenate! We have hired an architect and the planning process has begun. Numerous meetings in large and small groups have taken place since early 2010, and we hope to present our community with the “Big Picture” by this fall.