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Orr v. Mortvedt
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Plaintiffs the Orr family and Defendants the Mortvedt family each owned a parcel of land abutting a land-locked lake. Their respective deeds also included rights to a portion of the lake bed adjacent to their properties. A boundary dispute arose between the parties concerning boundary lines and their respective rights to enjoy and use the lake. The Orrs objected when the Mortvedts used, for fishing and boating, parts of the lake beyond the boundaries of the lake bed owned by the Mortvedts. The Orrs filed an actions seeking a resolution of the boundary dispute, and adjudication of whether the owners of a portion of the lake bed have a legal right to access and enjoy the entire lake, an declaration that they have the right to place a fence in the lake to enclose their property, and a determination that they exclusively possess the minerals on their land, inter alia. The trial court held for plaintiffs on all issues, the Mortvedts appealed, and the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed.
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