Did you know?
Lake of the Isles was once a swamp. The Minneapolis Park Board chose the beautification of the lakes as their most important task. They virtually remade the landscape.

The dredging process began on Lake of the Isles in 1889 and continued till 1893. The area between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles was a swamp. A railroad was built between the lakes. The railroad began a filling process creating a right of way over two small hillocks on the south shore of Lake of the Isles that had once formed the third and fourth islands in the lake. These railroad tracks have been removed and replaced by a bike path.

The park board concentrated on creating a roadway around the lake. Lake shore residences were sparse. There were only six residences around Lake of the Isles, all on the east shore.

During 1907 – 11, half a million cubic yards of fill was dredged out of the lake. This created the Kenilworth Lagoon where a swamp had once existed. This made possible the connection between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles. (This information is from a book on the history of the lakes by Lanegran and Sandeen.)

In the 1930’s the path around Lake of the Isles was dirt. There was a horse barn at 28th and Dupont. Horses could be rented and riders could go around the lake. Eventually, the horses were gone. The dirt path was black topped. People could walk around the lake. Bike riders began to use the path. The park board began to plant grass, bushes, trees and more paths. There are no swimming beaches on the lake and motor boats are not allowed.

The Minneapolis Park Board has worked to make the area and lake what it is today. There are many activities such as walking, biking, ice skating, ice fishing, ball games and many more for people to enjoy!

Senior Warden Message – COVID-19 Update

“Church is not cancelled; it has changed.” This was the message shared in the bulletin and in the opening message of our first online Eucharist. In these challenging times of COVID-19 we need to find new ways to connect, new ways to gather, and new ways to replenish our spirit.

Last Sunday’s online liturgy and a new Wednesday night online Compline, which will start next week, are just two ways we have started to adjust to what will be our new temporary normal. Besides our services going online, we are also sending notes, making calls, and having time together on various social media platforms. Keeping connected is so important to our Saint Paul’s community. We are all in this together supporting each other. God is making his presence known in all these wonderful interactions.

Two weeks ago, when we suspended our in-church services and closed the doors of the church, we hoped to reopen our doors April 1. Unfortunately, with the Stay-at-Home orders from Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Earlier this month we formed a COVID-19 response team. This team, made up of staff and Vestry members, is supporting and helping us live into this new temporary normal. This group will continue to watch for new ways for us to keep connected. They will watch for guidance from Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). I am so proud of the work they are doing and the amazing amount of love and care they have for our members.

Continue to watch for updates in your email, on Saint Paul’s Facebook page, or on our website. And don’t forget you too can help us keep connected – use our Realm online directory to reach out to your church family.

Stay healthy and know that God is with us, Beth

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