Sunday, June 17, 2018

Announcing our LLAA Annual Meeting: 6/30/18

Join us at the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc Annual Meeting on Saturday, 6/30/18, at the Hubbard Community Center, Hubbard, MN.

Meeting Overview:
  • 9:30 AM:  Social, Refreshments, & Registration/Dues for 7/1/18 – 6/30/19.
  • 10 AM:  Business Meeting is speaker Jason Durham, well-known guide and sport fishing educator of “Go Fish! Guide Service Inc”.  He is sought out as one of the best teachers of fishing and author of many freshwater fishing publications. Several Long Lake families have enjoyed fishing with Jason. 
  • Neighborhoods #1, #3, #5, and one “At Large” Elections.
  • Awards for Ice In & Ice Out and for the Fishing Challenges, both the children's and adult's.
  • Win Door Prizes and Learn about upcoming Events!
  • Invite your Neighbor – Open to the Public.

    Adults - don't forget to bring in your entries for the Adult Fishing Contest. You will need to turn in your sheet at the registration table.  See details at the link below:

    Adults Long Lake Fishing Challenge
    Read LLAA's newsletters by clicking here

    Monday, June 11, 2018

    Gabby's Entry into the Kids' Fishing Contest

    Gabby, age 11, caught this large mouth bass in “Sunfish bay” around 7:30 in the evening using a leech for bait.  She was fishing with her cousin, grandma, mom, and siblings.  Gabby loves to try to out fish her cousins!

    There is still time to enter the Kids' Fishing Contest. Get out those fishing poles!  Take pictures and send them to us.  (See all the rules by following the link below.)  Three lucky winners will be drawn at random before the LLAA Annual Meeting.  You do not need to be present to win.  We will notify the winners using the email address of the person that submitted the child's picture.  We will also update the website with the contest winners.

    Don't forget the LLAA Annual Meeting is Saturday, 6/30/18, at the Hubbard Community Center, Hubbard, MN.

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    Friday, June 1, 2018

    Join us for AIS Information Day

    What:  U of MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (or MAISRC) Update followed by a Legislative Listening Forum.
    When:  Friday, June 8th 2018, from 9:15am to 3pm.
    Where:  M State Campus, Large Auditorium (C101), 900 Hwy. 34 East, Detroit Lakes, MN

    Research Updates:
    • An overview of MAISRC
    • Zebra Mussel research
    • U of MN Detectors & Trackers program
    • Starry Stonewort
    • Impacts of Zebra Mussels and Spiny Water Flea on Mille Lacs Lake.
    Legislative Listening Forum:  Area legislators and candidates invited.

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    There is no fee for this event, however, we would like you to register for planning purposes by calling 218-846-0436 or email:

    Lunch will be served - free will offering.

    Follow these links to brochure details:

    Taylor's Entry into the Kids' Fishing Contest

    Taylor, age 8, caught this large mouth bass on Memorial Day around 9am near Dakota Shores while fishing with her cousin, Owen. She was using leeches for bait. Taylor loves to fish with her cousins and try to catch the bigger fish!

    Don't forget to attend the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc Annual Meeting coming up on Sat 6/30/18 at the Hubbard Community Center, Hubbard, MN.

    All the entries of the Kids' Fishing Contest are eligible for the drawing held at the Annual Meeting.  There will be three winners!

    For details on how to enter your child/ grandchild in the contest click here.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Belted Kingfisher

    (This article first appeared in our Spring 2018 Newsletter.)

    The Belted Kingfisher
    by Dante Beretta, April 17, 2018

    The bird sits perched on a branch at shore-side waiting patiently for the right moment. All of a sudden it dives rapidly head first into the lake coming up with a fish for its dinner. This bird is the Belted Kingfisher, a common summer visitor to Long Lake.

    The Belted Kingfisher is commonly found in summer throughout the U.S. wherever there are suitable bodies of water for its habitat. Like many other birds (and people) on Long Lake, these are ‘snowbirds’, moving down south for the winter. I have seen them many times in Florida and the Caribbean, especially in lagoons.

    A mid sized bird with a large head and a distinctive mohawk crest, the Belted Kingfisher is easy to identify. Sometimes you can only see the profile but this is sufficient to tell it is a kingfisher.

    In good light, you can see the slate blue coloration of its back and breast band. In many of species of birds, males are brighter than females (think Cardinals, Hummingbirds, Orioles). In an an apparent reversal, the female Belted Kingfisher is showier than the male, as she sports a rust color band on the belly.

    Often when I’m kayaking at Long Lake, I hear the kingfisher's territorial call, a repetitive chattering. I don’t really understand bird guide books description of bird calls, but the kingfisher has such a distinctive call that you can quickly learn to recognize it.

    Keep an eye and ear out for the Kingfisher on Long Lake this summer.

    These 2 drawings of Kingfishers by Dante Baretta's can be seen in a larger size by clicking on them. 


    ★ Note:  Our Long Lake Area Association annual meeting is coming up on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Hubbard Community Center.  Social time, refreshments & registration start at 9:30 AM with the business meeting starting at 10 AM. This year's speaker is Jason Durham, a well-known guide and sport fishing educator.