Where in the world is _[ ?!

Minne the Lake Creature is on vacation this summer … with YOU!

For the first time since she magically appeared in a Minneapolis lake in 2009, Minne the Lake Creature is taking the summer off – from swimming, that is. That’s right, the Lake Creature is temporarily dry-docked for repairs and getting in ship-shape for an anticipated re-launch in 2017.

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Adventure Ahoy!

This year, and with your help, Minne is instead embarking on a new adventure – expanding her horizons and encouraging families to explore the wonders of nature, near and far.

You’re invited to go on the first-ever “Minne vacation” by bringing a handheld mini-Lake Creature cutout with you when you travel and sharing your snapshots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #MinneVacation and #_[.

Take Your Own #MinneVacation!

(social media account not required!)

Here are two ways to get in on the fun:

  1. Print your own mini-Minne. Start by downloading our free Minne printable, then color it in, cut it out, and away you go.

Download the free Minne Vacation Printable

(Tip: The printable is two pages. To print on both sides, you may need to adjust settings to print two-sided on the short edge. You can also print only one-sided, but you’ll lose the sharing info on the back.)

  1. Or, find us and many mini-Minnes at one of these summer events:

We’d love it if you would share Minne’s adventures with you and your family.
Find us on:

Facebook @LakeCreature@MplsParksFoundation
Twitter @LakeCreature@MplsParksFndtn
Instagram @MplsParksFoundation

Remember to tag your photos with the location and #MinneVacation or #_[

About _ [ _ (a.k.a., Minne the Lake Creature)

Minne has made her way into the hearts and minds of Twin Cities residents as she makes her annual summer foray into Minneapolis Lakes.

Originally named ‘_[ ‘ by her creator Minneapolis-based artist Cameron Gainer, she is now called “Minne,” the Dakota word for water.  The sculpture is based on the iconic “Surgeon’s Photo” of 1934 that was presented as “definitive evidence” of the existence of Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster.  It’s one of a trilogy of sculptures created for public places by Gainer, whose public works have been inspired by iconic images drawn from the popular imagination, such as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and the impact of a massive meteor into the side of a museum.