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Brothers Larry and Jerry Hines have had a cabin on the south side of Lake L'Homme Dieu for 24 years and said they've never seen the lake this high. The Hines and neighbors were sandbagging their shorelines earlier this week.

No-wake zones, which could reduce erosion, are under consideration in Douglas County

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The luxury of lakeside living is quickly becoming a burden.

Extraordinarily wet weather has led to high lake levels and the excess water is swallowing up docks and flooding out shorelines.

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Dave Rush, director of Douglas County Land and Resource Management, said, "Many lakes are hitting all-time high water levels."

Both Oscar and Maple lakes have exceeded all-time high lake levels. Lake Victoria is about 1.5 feet above the ordinary high water level (OHWL).

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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