Don and Nancy and their four children camped at Nies Campground on Birch Lake one summer around 1970. They found their "perfect" lot to buy across Big Birch. Two years later Don spent a week alone at his lot digging an outhouse. It just so happened his next door neighbor had chosen to honeymoon that same week on their lot. They felt well chaperoned and never let Don forget it! Don's family spent many summers and frequent weekends in winter enjoying the fishing and other water activities on Birch. He joined the BLA in the early 70s. And like many Birch Lake families, his children have continued the membership and enjoy our lake as seasonal residents. He frequently had former hockey players visit - many of whom he had coached during his 35 years of coaching at Gustavus. Don's obituary can be found here.