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Published May 11, 2012, 09:21 PM

Levels Return to Normal on Lakes Union and Sarah

UNION LAKE, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Thanks to some dry years and a pump, both Union and lake Sarah have returned to normal levels. For the past decade, high water levels have destroyed or threatened property there. Now some on the lake are wondering it the lake may be unnaturally low.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

UNION LAKE, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Thanks to some dry years and a pump, both Union and lake Sarah have returned to normal levels. For the past decade, high water levels have destroyed or threatened property there. Now some on the lake are wondering it the lake may be unnaturally low.

Gary Walter lives on Union Lake. He takes pride in his large sandy beach, something that wasn't there just a few years ago.

"There was no sand showing at all. In fact we had to sit on the grass," Walter said.

With no natural outlet, there was a dramatic rise in lake levels after 1997. But thanks to a few dry years and a pump that was installed to lower the lake, things have returned to normal.

"Right now we are normal high water mark by inches. We can't turn the pump back on until it's probably two to three feet above that," Improvement District board member Doug Bratrud said.

What is normal for those who have been on the lake a long time is not for those who recently bought property.

"For the people that have been around for ten years here, they see that the lake has went down and everybody's like, 'oh my goodness the lake is so low.' But in actuality it's right where it needs to be," Dale Thormodsgard said.

But most property owners here, like Walter, believe for the first time in a long time, lake levels are perfect. After all he's got his beach back.

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