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The Resource for Itasca County Lakeshore Homeowners

Recommended Reading

Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs and a Biologist’s Quest by Judy Helgen, PhD. U of Massachusetts Press. 2012

"More than the story of the plight of the frogs and the potential serious environmental implications, this book outlines how economic, social and political forces can and do interfere with/prevent successful accomplishment of a core mission. It outlines a heroic effort to get to the bottom of a potentially serious environmental issue and is written in a popular style, not in the more heavy, scientific technical writing style. I highly recommend it." D. Anderson, Retired Fisheries


Voices Of Pokegama: A History Of The Place Around A Lake by Ann K. Ryan

Published in 2005 by Greater Pokegama Lake Association (GPLA), 228pp. This book is a wonderful historical account of the Pokegama Lake area and how it fit into the events of history beginning 3 billiion years B.C. and ending in 2005. Ann K. Ryan is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She has an M.A. in English and has taught at several Minnesota colleges.

You can obtain a copy of this book by contacting GPLA member, Pat Davis, at: 218-999-9658 or by email: (Hardcover $25.00; Softcover $16.00 + shipping if applicable)

For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson

This book was a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards. Nelson, a member of the Freshwater Society Board of Directors, is a longtime conservationist, a retired environmental science professor and a former Minnesota legislator. His book, a collection of first-person essays about lakes in Minnesota and across the United States, was published by the Michigan State University Press.

Water Ways

Water Ways is a 150 page book with great content on water science basics, Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, life in water, human use of water, challenges to water resources, and water policy.

The primer is available for free download to all and in print form to educators. To receive your free print copy of the book, contact Minnesota DNR Information Center 888-646-6367 or

Last Child In The Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Richard Louv

Recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, this book was published in Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

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