Minne the Lake Creature calls Lake Calhoun its summer home

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Minne the Lake Creature, the city’s own version of Nessie, made Lake Calhoun its summer home Thursday. 

Paddleboarders from Wai Nani Surf & Paddle Tribe escorted the floating lake monster sculpture to Lake Calhoun. Minne, whose name is a Dakota word meaning “water,” is the Twin Cities’ only annual floating sculpture.

Minne’s fans voted for the 13-foot fiberglass monster to come to Lake Calhoun this season, with Lake Harriet coming in a close second. Since 2009, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, an independent nonprofit that philanthropically supports the city’s park system, has installed the sculpture in lakes around Minneapolis. 

Artist Cameron Gainer created Minne based on the iconic 1934 “Surgeon’s Photo”  that was presented as “definitive evidence” of the existence of Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster.

Minne made her debut this year at the May 30 concert on Hall’s Island with Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty. She’s garnered social media attention on both Twitter and Facebook