Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Lake Watch

This last day of November 2010, Christie R. commented on the lake view in their bay.  Quoting her, "We are... enjoying all the winter lake activity. This morning a family of trumpeter swans swam by our shore making incredible sounds."  How interesting it is to watch all the winter wildlife, from trumpeter swans, eagles, and chickadees to deer, fox, and busy little squirrels.  Here in the bay where I live there was no chance of seeing swans swimming because for the first time this winter the whole bay had iced over.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

Three pictures from the north end of the lake by Barb Roberts:  "Ice is about 200 feet out and growing!  The bay is completely frozen over.  Official temp is below zero our thermometer is just above zero now late morning.  It was 8 below for the official low this morning. "

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Long Lake Resident Don Singlestad dies: age 92

link to Enterprise Article on Don

The above link is to an article from the Park Rapids Enterprise about Don Singlestad.  Don has been a long time resident on Long Lake living in the Dakota Beach area.

First Signs of Ice

This morning Long Lake was starting to form a skin of ice on the water near the shore.  I went out to take a few pictures.  When I looked at them I saw 2 birds up in the trees on Breezy Point.  So I cropped this picture from the telephoto picture I took.  I didn’t realize that the eagles (or I think they are eagles) were there.  You can see the slight skin of ice forming on the water in the foreground.  In the other picture you can see the steam rising from the warmer lake water.  The temperature in Park Rapids this morning was just below zero.

Eagles by C.C.White
Breezy Point by C.C.White

by C.C.White

LLAA's Fall Newsletter

We have just posted the link to LLAA's 2010 Fall Newsletter on the "Board Communications" page.  It's full of interesting articles and information, so be sure to check it out.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Minnesota Waters (.org)

Long Lake Area Association receives emails from "Minnesota Waters" regularly with their latest newsletters.  A link is posted in the "Quick Links" box on the right for those who are interested in reading their newsletters and other postings.
Below is information about the organization from their website.

Minnesota Waters is a 501.c.3 organization dedicated to our:

Minnesota Waters envisions an engaged citizenry working to protect and restore Minnesota’s irreplaceable natural assets - our clean and healthy lakes and streams - for current and future generations.

The mission of Minnesota Waters is to promote responsible stewardship of our water resources by engaging citizens, local and state policymakers, and other partners in the protection and restoration of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.

Active, Engaged Citizens. We value the ability of citizens and the organizations they form to play an important part in water resource protection in Minnesota. Citizen groups that are actively engaged with these resources are perfectly positioned to lead the charge for lake and river protection for generations to come.

Locally-Led Stream and Lake Conservation. We value the ability of Minnesota's citizens to raise awareness of lake, stream and watershed issues and foster changes in personal and public behavior at the local level.

Data to Information to Action Pathway. We value the collection and use of data about the health of our lakes, streams and watersheds. We believe that citizen monitoring contributes to better understanding of our waters and leads to concrete action steps based on that understanding.

Taking Action for Positive Change. We value the ability of citizens to cause meaningful changes in actions and behaviors at appropriate levels - by property owners, individuals, developers, policymakers, and others.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Long Lake's 2010 Flotilla

Pirate Ship, 7/3/10, flotilla (a)
photo by Nancy Baer

Last summer's flotilla was held on Saturday, July 3rd, but with a new look for the website pending, the event and it's winners, photos, and fun didn't get properly publicized at the time.  We hope you will agree with the old adage, "better late than never."  Though it is four months later, please take time to see the colorful flotilla report on it's own History Wiki page.  It will bring a smile to your face remembering the weekend, the great entries, and the good times.  Jodi Wishart Anderson and all the volunteers did a wonderful job putting it all together and our thanks go out to them.
Pirate Ship, 7/3/10, flotilla (b)
photo by Nancy Baer
For more click on this link:  Flotilla & Dock Event, 2010

FIY:  When you click on  these photos (and most of the other photos on our Long Lake Living website) they will enlarge for a better view.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Got Blaze Orange?

Saturday, November 6th, is Minnesota's deer hunting firearms opener.   The DNR has a wealth of information on their wesite, including everything from licensing and regulations to venison recipes.  Find it all at:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/index.html

Main Avenue Ready to Open

Main Avenue in Park Rapids is to be opened to traffic tomorrow, November 5th.  This will be a relief not only to business owners, but shoppers as well.  You may enjoy checking out the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's website by using this link:  "Positively Park Rapids!" and their webcam page at this link: Downtown Park Rapids Webcam.