Old windmill has an interesting history in Portage
Mike Kamotzki is seen at the windmill on Island Park on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. He was involved in the restoration of the windmill in 1982. Staff photo by Angela Brown
Portage la Prairie's little windmill had its start here in the 1950s when a Dutch baker embarked on the project.
Local historian Les Green recalls at that time there were many Dutch immigrants in Portage who came to Canada after the war and many were warmly welcomed in Portage also.
"They (The Dutch people) arranged to have it (the windmill) built out of appreciation," he said.
The windmill started off having wings that turned but they soon needed to be immobilized instead since the structure wasn't sturdy enough for that purpose and the wings would fall into the lake.
Mike Kamotzki was the local contractor involved in the restoration of the windmill in 1982.
He and Mike Barron were both involved in erecting a new brick wall around the base of the windmill.
Norquay Nurseries of HIgh Bluff financed the project, according to the Daily Graphic's archives of the story.
Kamotzki said the first set of the windmill's permanent wings was put on in 1982 and a second replacement set was installed in the early 90s as an upgrade.
See more in Portage Daily Graphic.