Minne the Lake Creature installed in Powderhorn Lake

Credit: Minne the Lake Creature Facebook page

Minne the Lake Creature has invaded Powderhorn Lake.

The 13-foot fiberglass sculpture was installed in Powderhorn this morning and will remain there until September. Powderhorn Lake was chosen as Minne’s home this summer after it beat out Lake Hiawatha by 10 votes, 347-337, in a Facebook poll.

Minneapolis artist Cameron Gainer created Minne in 2009, inspired by the infamous 1934 “Surgeon’s Photo” of the Loch Ness Monster. Since then Minne has been in each of the nine Minneapolis lakes it can fit into. 

The sculpture is maintained by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, which spends about $3,000 annually for transportation, storage and summer installation.