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Published September 19, 2012, 05:59 PM

Low water levels means tough work for some

Pelican Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - If you have spent any time on our area lakes, you know one thing sure has changed.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Pelican Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - If you have spent any time on our area lakes, you know one thing sure has changed.

Water levels are down significantly. That might mean some more beach for some, but it is leaving some lake dwellers and dock removal crews "high and dry".

The guys of TS Dock and Lift had their work cut out for them today on a breezy southwest side of Pelican Lake.

But this fall, unlike many other autumns recently, crews are finding dock and lift removal

Brent Mueller, TS Docks and Lifts: “Some people have had to buy extra sections of dock.”

Quite the challenge. The water is so low, they are being creative.

Jesse Nowell, TS Docks and Lifts: “A lot of times we have to push it out further.”

With so little rain this summer, lakes dropped by more than a couple of feet--evident by how high boat lifts and docks are sitting out of the water.

Mueller: “Everywhere, every lake we go to is three or four feet below when we put them in.”

Dock and boat lift crews say it will only get worse next spring.

Nowell: “Next year, they will need more dock and have their stuff out farther.”

The TS crew is hoping for warmer, calmer days ahead for removal, but they know the challenge may be yet to come, next spring.

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