Crow Wing County sheriff Todd Dahl visited the Breezy Point City Council on Monday, July 2, to ask the community's cooperation in taking care with boat wakes in high water.
Dahl said his office has received numerous calls with concerns over high water and property damage from boat wakes on lakeshore property.
The county has at this point decided against a county-wide no wake zone, though Miller Lake near Aitkin does have a no-wake ordinance in effect.
Dahl told the council that because of the number of lakes in Crow Wing County, enforcing a county-wide no wake zone would be very difficult.
In 2009, Dahl said, a fly-over of the Whitefish Chain showed there were 9,000 boats on that chain alone.
"Certainly we've met on this (issue) and come to the conclusion that (water) is going down, but it's not going down fast enough," Dahl said. "We're just asking people to use common sense."
Dahl also updated the council on the county's drug problem. He said currently the preferred drugs in the county are methamphetamine and high-grade marijuana.
In the past month and a half, 10 people have gone down on federal drug charges, with sentences ranging from eight years to 30 years in prison, Dahl said.
Dahl said he's in contact with sheriffs in surrounding areas, and none has yet seen heroin. However, Dahl believes it's only a matter of time before the drug surfaces in the county.
The sheriff also wished to remind the community to feel comfortable calling in to the sheriff's office with any concerns. He said callers can remain anonymous.
Dahl praised the cohesiveness of all the agencies in the county, including the cooperation of city agencies and the sheriff's department.
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