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Artistic lake creature gets a name: ‘Minne’

The lake creature sculpture that’s been floating around Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles this summer has been named by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, after some public input.

The name is Minne, pronounced Minnie.

They had hundreds of submissions. Runners-up, said Foundation President Cecily Hines, were Millie and L.C. (initials for Lake Creature and pronounced “Elsie.”

The sculpture, based on a famous “photo” of the Loch Ness monster, was created by Cameron Gainer.

It will be removed from the lake soon, “for winter hibernation,” Hines said. But next summer it will return to another city lake.

The winning name was submitted by lots of people; here’s a list from the foundation:

Julie Anderson of Rosemount, Jay Annala, Rachel Annala , RayeAnna Annala and Andrew Henke of Chaska, Joe Bigalke of Roseville, Cheryl Brooks, Anne Marie DeBoard, John Gettlet, Patrick Heidenreich of Shakopee, Cathy Madden of Inver Grove Heights, Bonnie Riis of Richmond, Doris Rubenstien of Richfield, Dave Steele of Northfield, Theresa Tichlich of St. Paul, Steve Wallin of St. Paul, Lily Warden of Northfield, Megan Watkins of Plymouth, Beth Wellesley of Minneapolis, and Jake Wermerskirchen of Minneapolis.

They’ll receive photos of the creature, signed by Gainer.

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