- This was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to Tom, Charlie and Cord from Fond du Lac Resource Management and prepared for our trip to Minneapolis. Our morning consisted of driving out to the lakes we have been researching and seeing for ourselves the transformation the lakes have undergone with the wild rice growth. They really do look like hay fields instead of lakes. After lunch we sat down with Tom Howes and he answered any remaining questions we had. After saying our goodbyes we headed back to Forestry for some more writing and packing up the cabin.