Ronald Spong has always been drawn to Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A deep love of the north woods and its pristine waters led him to research Grindstone Lake. In 2003, serendipity prevailed, and he and his wife bought a cabin there. Since then, they, their children and grandchildren have reconnected with nature and each other.
Like other cabin owners, Ron’s love of place inspired him to take personal responsibility for sustaining it for future generations. Ron combines his passion for stewardship with 43 years of professional experience in environmental public health to benefit the lake and its watershed. Concern about water quality led him to monitor the water and help the Grindstone Lake Association obtain grants to fund research and develop a lake management plan. “The most important thing we can all do,” says Ron, “is to educate ourselves and make a commitment to preserve the natural environment.”