Volunteers Bring Mont du Lac Back To Business

By KBJR News 1

July 28, 2012 Updated Jul 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Volunteers throughout the Northland have been stepping up to help restore damages to public and private infrastructures after the floods.

Mont du Lac, a recreation area in Duluth was hit hard during the floods and is now back open for business

The help of volunteers has it looking better than before.

Mont du Lac, a Recreation and Ski area is hosting a volunteer work day.

"A lot of the volunteers are people who worked for us last winter, our ski patrol, and just people from the community that care about Mont du Lac and that want to see it ready for the winter," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

When the rest of the community was being flooded earlier this season, the Mont du Lac Ski Hill was victim to landslides and severe rain damage.

"And the reason that those happened is because we are in a glacial area," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

Cherie and other Mont du Lac Ski Hill officials are organizing six projects for the group of nearly 30 volunteers to help with.

Repairs are taking place at the where the most devastating damage took place.

"Our race deck took the biggest hit," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

Volunteers are stationed there, as well as the main lodge and some are working on construction projects.
What does this mean for business?

"We are open for disc golf, mountain biking, rustic camping—next week I have a day camp that's running for ages seven to 12," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

And Mont du Lac will be hosting two open houses, one in August and one in Setpember.
As far as this winter?

"We'll be ready to rock and roll once the snow flies or once it's cold enough to make snow," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

For those helping out...

"When we got here this morning, they had a big group of volunteers and a bunch of little projects you could choose from. And we decided that most of our skills would be in the painting arena, based on the other jobs like cutting firewood and that sort of thing," Kellie Cloutier, a volunteer, said.

"Right now the destruction of the starting deck for the racers—the down hill racers," Rita Bouvee, a volunteer said.

"Oh, we've been having a lot of fun out here. It's great to see everybody, it's great to see all the racers, everybody having a good time. It's a good reason for everyone to get together and see each other again and hang out and get something done," Jeff Zauhar, a volunteer, said.

In addition to cleaning up the grounds, painting the Mont du Lac buildings and other maintenance, volunteers are helping with the newest addition to the recreation and ski area.

"Behind us is the Trophy Lodge at Mont du Lac," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

It's the volunteers that are working to get this project completed.
"Yea, it just warms the heart to know that people come out and support you when you've had a natural disaster such as we've had," Cherie LeTourneau, the Mont du Lac Program Director, said.

The new Trophy Lodge is expected to open in December.
It will showcase a unique two-story water feature, a restaurant, and of course, one–of–a–kind scenic views.

Written and Posted by Justin Reis
jreis@northlandsnewscentern.com