Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Flowers stolen from multiple locations


Lois E. Johnson

Patches of bare ground remain after plants were stolen from gardens along Arrowhead Lane.

Many of the flowers in the gardens along Arrowhead Lane in Moose Lake have been stolen, reported Clarissa Prudhomme, head city gardener.

"There were mostly perennials," she said in a telephone interview Monday morning.

Prudhomme listed the types of flowers taken: Siberian Iris, about a dozen Morden Centennial Roses, an assortment of lilies, poppies, purple coneflowers, regular iris and a clump of Liatris. Some annuals were also taken from the containers in front of the Moose Lake Motel.

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm is asking for help from the public.

"Hopefully somebody saw something," he said in a telephone interview Monday morning. "We think they dug up the flowers on more than one occasion in the last week or so. I have never heard of it happening before. It's pretty low to do that."

Prudhomme said the plants were not vandalized; they were dug up intentionally.

"Everyone is pretty proud of the gardens and appreciates them," she said. "That makes me think it was someone not from around here. If they were vandalized, they would just wreck them. These were dug up. It was calculated and intentional."

Amy Perrine reported in an email that a container of flowers was taken from the Perinne and Associates office in Sturgeon Lake, United Country Real Estate office in Moose Lake reported stolen flowers and Bryan Ketchmark also reported in an email that flowers were taken from in front of his Majestic Pine Realty office by Sturgeon Lake.

Chief Bogenholm asks anyone with any information to call the police department at (218) 485-8404.


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