With summer upon us and weather getting warmer, folks traveling to Lake City might notice an oversized pair of water skis along the shoreline.

Rest assured, no giants will be towed across the waters of Lake Pepin. As part of a celebration of the city’s renown as the birthplace of water skiing, the Lake City Tourism Bureau is hosting a large replica of Ralph Samuelson’s first-ever crafted water skis. The display will remain available for viewing and photo ops through the end of October.

The 150-pound display is an accurate replica of the first water skis constructed by Samuelson, the father of water skiing. The display was crafted by Northern Toboggan Co., a family business located in Warroad, that makes toboggan sleds.

Located near the water in downtown Lake City, the skis will be featured during Water Ski Days, June 28-30.

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Regional Reporter

Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.