Eleven firefighters in training from Remer and Crooked Lake took turns combatting the purposeful flames of a controlled burn Wednesday, April 4, at the newly named Up a Creek Campground in Fifty Lakes.
The house destroyed in the burn was removed to make room for an updated living space for new campground owner Michelle Fussy and her fiance, Shawn Mauch, who are relocating from Fort Ripley to Fifty Lakes. Fussy, originally from Pierz, solidified her purchase of the former Fifty Lakes Campground on March 28 and immediately set to work in getting the campground ready for business starting May 1.
"It's been just a lifelong dream of mine," Fussy said of owning a campground. "I was a public health inspector for five years, and I inspected campgrounds. ... Every time I would go to one, I was like, 'Oh, I've got to get one of these.'"