Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beaver Hard at Work

This past summer Dan Rice, who has a cabin near Breezy Point on the west side of Long Lake, noticed that a couple of the trees on the point were losing some of the bark near the bottom of their trunks.  With a closer look, he saw that the bark had been chewed off in a perfect circle to girdle the tree.  By the end of the summer both trees had fallen into the lake; one to the north and one to the south.  It will be interesting to see if anyone sees the beaver working out on Breezy Point this fall or early next spring.  Thank you for the pictures, Dan.




Saturday, October 7, 2017

Long Lake resident is remembered.

Ardis G. Christen

Ardis Georgianne Fiskerbeck Christen was born in Superior, WI on February 19, 1938 to K. Victor A. Fiskerbeck and Violet Gulsvig Fiskerbeck. She died in Rochester MN at St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, September 15, 2017, following heart surgery on August 29, 2017.

She continued her education at Luther College where she met Dean Christen, her husband of 53 years, graduating with a BA in English and Speech Education in 1959. She received a Master of Science Degree from Mankato State University in Library Technology and taught in the Elkton, Rochester, and Stewartville Public Schools.

Dean and Ardis were married on August 16, 1959 and had two daughters, Lisa and Kari. She enjoyed spending her summers on Long Lake in Park Rapids where she loved watching the loons. She always kept an eye on the loon chicks in an effort to protect them from bald eagles.  She had an insatiable love of learning and thirst for knowledge and research which she delighted in sharing with everyone. Ardis felt most complete when she was caring for someone else. She was the primary caregiver for her mother and her husband in their last years. She cared about everyone she met and loved to help others. She always put others first. Family and friends were an important part of her life.

Link to Enterprise Obituary

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Primer on Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project


The MN Dept of Commerce announces:  "Oil market analysis indicates that Enbridge has not established a need for the proposed project; the pipeline would primarily benefit areas outside Minnesota; and serious environmental and socioeconomic risks and effects outweigh limited benefit."

Read the full statement, submitted to the hearings on Sept 11th 2017:
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/documents/34079/press-release-sept11.pdf

The Final Environmental Impact Survey has now been released, see: https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/resource.html?Id=3473



Comments on specific topics are solicited, and must be received by Oct 2nd:
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/documents/34079/PUC%20Notice%20of%20Comment%20Period%20on%20FEIS%20Adequacy,%208.23.17.pdf

The  Public Utilities Commission will hold 10 public hearings in cities
along the proposed route.  The closest meeting to us will be in Bemidji on
Tuesday, Oct 17th, at 1- 4pm and 6 - 9 pm:

https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/documents/34079/Line%203%20Notice%20of%20Public%20and%20Evidentiary%20Hearings,%209.8.17.pdf

General background regarding the proposed  pipeline is at:
https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/line3/
During the first quarter of 2015, 82 Long Lake families contributed approximately $14,400 for Friends of the Headwaters to submit evidence requesting an alternate pipeline route (SA-04), and also to present to the appellate court, which  resulted in a unanimous ruling in FOH's favor, ordering a comprehensive EIS for oil pipelines in Minnesota.  The 2017 Environmental Impact Statement is the first and only EIS ever done on an oil pipeline in Minnesota.  The full data prepared by FOH is given here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz5QoonPZdZwbXdEclJYaVdTeVE/view

The final decision by the PUC is scheduled for April 2018 and between now and then there will be the public hearings and hearings by Administrative Law Judges.  Donations toward the legal costs for the FOH court appearances can be made  at:  http://www.friendsoftheheadwaters.org/index.html

The full schedule is given below, culminating in the PUC final decision in  April 2018
  • October 2, 2017 Comments on EIS adequacy due. This is the deadline to provide comment on the adequacy of the EIS.
  • October 11, 2017 Rebuttal Testimony due.  All rebuttal Testimony shall be served and filed by this date.
  • October 23, 2017 Surrebuttal Testimony due.  All surrebuttal testimony shall be served and filed by this date.
  • September 25, 2017 to October 26, 2017 Public Hearings
  • Sept. 26, 2017: Thief River Falls 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Sept. 28, 2017: St. Paul, MN 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 10, 2017: Grand Rapids 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 11, 2017 McGregor 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 12, 2017: Hinkley 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 17, 2017: Bemidji 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 18, 2017: Duluth 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 25, 2017: Cross Lake 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • Oct. 26, 2017: St. Cloud 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm
  • October 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at  Commission Offices in St.Paul, MN.  Sixth Prehearing Conference to discuss logistics of evidentiary hearings.
  • November 1, 2017 ALJ Report on EIS Adequacy due.  ALJ Lipman will issue his report on the adequacy of the EIS.
  • November 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9, 2017.  If needed, the hearing will also extend to Nov. 13, 14, and 15, 2017.  Evidentiary Hearing at Commission Offices in St. Paul, MN.  Evidentiary hearing on the Petition for a Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application.
  • November 21, 2017 Deadline to file exceptions to ALJ's EIS adequacy report.  This is the deadline to file exceptions to the report filed by ALJ Lipman related to the adequacy of the EIS.
  • November 22, 2017 Public Comment Period and Administrative Record Closes. Transcript of contested case hearing to be filed and made available to the public.
  • November 30 - December 11, 2017 Commission meeting/decision on EIS adequacy due.  The Commission will hold a public meeting and issue a decision on the adequacy of the EIS.
  • December 11, 2017 Initial Briefs of Parties Due.  Initial briefs shall be served and filed by this date.
  • January 15, 2018 Reply Briefs of Parties.  Reply briefs shall be served and filed by this date.
  • February 28, 2018 (Anticipated) Administrative Law Judge's Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommendation to be filed.  The Administrative Law Judge shall serve and file her report recommending a route on or around this date.
  • April 30, 2018 (Anticipated) MPUC Decision.  It is anticipated that the MPUC will issue its final decision on or around this date.
Click here to see 24 maps that explain the pipeline project

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thinking about Family Christmas Gift Ideas?

Greetings to LLAA members, families, and friends.  Many thanks to those who have already responded to the  2017-18 LLAA Foundation Fund Drive, described in the letter to our members.
(click here to see the letter)

Donations made before December 31st are tax deductible for 2017.  Also, donations can be made via a group gift from your extended family.  If your relatives exchange Christmas gifts among themselves, an idea for a good gift might be having people request that their personal gift be a check to the Foundation?
🎄What  could be a better gift than to help preserve our lake for the enjoyment of future generations?

To give a Christmas Gift to the Foundation, request that the donor mail a check to:
LLAA Foundation,
PO Box 808, 
Park Rapids MN 56470,
Include  "(Your Family's Name) Xmas Gift" in the check memo.

All of "(Your Family's) Xmas Gifts" will be combined based on the check memo notations. http://llaafoundation.blogspot.com/p/current-donor-recognition.html
Each contributor will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible gift.  Your Christmas gifts will help us reach the 2017-18 Fund Drive goal of $20,000 to contribute for the watercraft inspections, AIS education and the emergency response fund.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Update on Aquatic Vegetation Meander

Another activity by volunteers from your Lake Association to monitor and protect the lake. Thanks to Eileen Thomas, Harlan & Linda Johnson, CC White, Sharon Natzel, Larry and Barb Roberts, Jack Derr, Betty Larsen, Jim Blodgett, and Joanne Torfin for all the help. 

The aquatic vegetation meander along the lake-shore shallows, back bays, and stumpy areas was completed on Wednesday, 8/23/17.  On various excursions from August 11th to August 23rd a total of 11 participants focused their "eyes on the water" looking for any unusual plants not on our normal aquatic vegetation list.

We bagged 2 plant varieties to check with the DNR and they were OK.  Adding up the total hours involved comes to 60 person hours including the prep, boat driving, kayak paddling, wading, and cleanup time.

The most interesting aquatic plant was the tiny white flower on a long thin stem which is the Elodea (the three leaf plant) getting ready for next spring.  It's the winter bud process.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/native/elodea.html

The varieties of plants that we have on the lake can be found on our Long Lake Living website under Aquatic Plant Surveys:  http://www.longlakeliving.org/p/plant-survey-2011.html.  We spotted about 3/4ths of these plants in our meandering.

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