RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Northland Press:
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground, as cooperative partners, are proud to present a new marble carving titled “Him and His Pancakes” located in the entry to the Administrative Building.
The 460-pound slab of marble, carved by Brainerd artist Eric Waller, depicts Paul Bunyan in his element, axe in hand in the woods, behind Babe pulling a cartful of logs.
Waller invested 1,300 hours over 18 month to creation of this piece that measures 8-feet 9-inches by 2-feet 4-inches and is 1 1/4 inches thick.
The carving was purchased by the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association in December from Waller with the provision that it would be displayed in a location accessible to the public. The cost of labor and materials to hang the carving was borne by the PBSBA.
The Administrative Building is also host to the Byway Association’s Exhibit Room in Crosslake that is shared by the two groups. The Exhibit Room is open to the public during regular business hours now, but will extend their hours in the summer.
The next step will be installing proper lighting to showcase the beauty of the carving. Artistic lighting consultant Steve Stricker is completing an assessment of the lighting needs and the hope is it will be installed for the summer season.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is 54 miles of paved, wide-shouldered county roads traversing scenic northern Crow Wing County and just poking into in Cass County in north central Minnesota.
From the White Mountain Independent:
Many developed campgrounds that have been closed for the winter season across Coconino National Forest reopened on May 4.
Campgrounds across the Flagstaff Ranger District have opened with the exception of Kinnickinick and Lockett Meadow. Kinnickinick campground will open May 18, though the road is currently open and the public may visit the area during the day. Lockett Meadow campground will open mid-July, depending on road construction to the area.
All campgrounds in the Mogollon Rim and Red Rock Ranger districts are open.
From WISN-TV, Milwaukee:
A Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy is accused of being part of a national ring that swapped homemade child porn.
Prosecutors said the secret life of Sgt. Phil Wentzel was exposed when the feds busted child pornographers in Denver and Pittsburgh and tracked photos from their collections to a campground in Campbellsport.
Wentzel was a regular on local newscasts as a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
Now, he’s in federal custody, accused of making child pornography in his trailer at the Campbellsport campground.
Prosecutors said digital photos they seized from other pornographers contained GPS markers that led officials there.
“With the location of the specific campsite, they were ultimately able to identify the owner of the trailer and the renter of that campsite,” Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Lt. Cameron McGee said.
The Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Department helped the FBI search the trailer on Wednesday, shortly before agents arrested Wentzel at the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department’s Watertown Plank Road patrol substation, where he works as patrol commander.