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.

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    The ICE is officially OUT! May 5, 2018

    Long Lake, 5/4/18, with a small bit of ice left by Sharon Natzel.
    We have word from the variety of spotters around the lake that the last small patch of ice still floating (seen this morning) has now melted with today's wind and warm temperatures.  There is no ice evident this afternoon.

    Therefore the official Ice Out date for Long Lake is 5/5/18.

    Sharon will be reporting the information to the government ice-tracking sites and our Ice statistics team.  We update our ice data page when the stats are completed.

    Ninety-one people sent in guesses as to the date of Ice Out this year!  Everyone is part of a random drawing for the prize quilt, with the winner being announced at our annual meeting on June 30th at the Hubbard Township hall.

    Photo by Linda Johnson of a previous ice out in progress.


    There were 2 guesses for Ice Out to be on May 5th.  Congratulations to Randy Williams and Pete & Carol Click.  They won the 2018 bragging rights to being the best prognosticators.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    Pine Haven Resort in the 1960s

    I found a couple of old post cards that my grandparents, Harold and Delpha White, had made for the resort they ran on Long Lake from late 1940s until 1967.  It was called Pine Haven Resort and was located on the north end of Chippewa Loop..(then named Chippewa Drive).  The resort had 4 cabins for rent and mostly they were rented by the same families during the same part of the summer each year. My grandparents also had a small store to sell eggs, milk, ice cream, pop candy etc.  They also had a gas pump with an oil tank so that people could buy gas & oil for their outboard motors.  The one thing most of the "old time residents" remember is the ice house.  My grandfather harvested ice from Long Lake and stored it in an open building packed with sawdust. The ice would last until Labor Day.  Until 1955 we ran an ice route that delivered blocks of ice to many of the cabins along Chippewa Loop and Beach Haven.  After 1955 people could still come to buy blocks of ice but they didn't deliver them any more. 

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Time to Guess an Ice Out Date

    Its been 94 days (as of 3/24/18) since Long Lake froze over for the winter.  According to our charts the earliest date for Ice Out was 3/26 in 2012.  The latest date for Ice Out was 5/11 in 2013.  For the next 10 days the Weather Channel is showing that Park Rapids will have temperatures hovering around 30° and maybe reaching the 40's for a day or two, however, the overnight temperatures will continue to be below freezing.  It does not appear Ice Out will be early this year!

    So when will the ice leave Long Lake this year?

    What is your guess?

    Post your guess in a comment on the Facebook post or you can email your guess to

    The person or persons with the correct guess as to when the ice is completely off the lake will be recognized on Long Lake Living's website and Facebook page.

    All participants in this contest will be entered into a drawing for a quilt from Monika's Yarn & Quilt Shop in Park Rapids.

    Below are links to ice out information to help with your guess.

    Quilt for the drawing

    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Challenge for Ages 16 and Up

    Evan Kooyer caught this 25 inch walleye, Feb. 24, 2018, while ice fishing on Long Lake
    Hey fishermen and women,

    Have you been recording your catch for the Adult Fishing Challenge?  Winter is almost done.  Did you go ice fishing?  Catch any big ones on Long Lake?  You should print off the entry form for the Long Lake Association Adult fishing Challenge.  Record the length of that great fish before you forget.  Show off your skill by catching a "big one" of each species.
    • Follow all MN Fishing Regulations! 
    • Fish often! 
    • One Entry per Person ages 16 and above. 
    • It is not necessary to include a length for each fish listed, but we encourage everyone to try and catch at least one from each species.
    • Top 3 totals will be awarded prizes ($25, $15, $5) at the 2018 Annual Meeting and you do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified by email and information posted on the website.
    • Photos are not necessary for this challenge, but we all like seeing fishing pictures and hearing fish stories, so please send them along at any time to for posting on and Facebook.
    Find out how to send your entry by clicking here.

    Saturday, February 3, 2018

    Long Lake's Water Quality, A Twenty Year Report

    Did you know that it takes about 4 years for water to  flow through Long Lake?  We need to be vigilant by checking the water year by year.  Our team of volunteers has been sampling the water for the last 20 years to monitor any accumulation or trends.  Our association has been paying RMB Environmental Laboratories to analyze the samples.  Their 20 year report is given on our web page:  Water Quality Data  and at this link:  Full Water Quality Report.

    The report shows that Long Lake continues to be one of the best lakes in the region for water quality, recreational opportunities, and nurturing fish.  The 20 year report concludes with the following paragraph:  The good news is that for now, the water quality of the lake is not declining. There is a tipping point, though, at which more phosphorus addition can cause a decline in water quality.  A DNR study on phosphorus sensitivity placed Long Lake in the highest category group for most sensitivity to added phosphorus.  Conversion of more land to development or agriculture should be carefully planned, and its effect should be mitigated through the implementation of best management practices.”

    Run-off into the lake increases phosphorus, which increases algae growth.
    The report states that this can be limited by:
    • Homeowners restoring shoreline and using rain gardens.  See:
    • Limiting agricultural run-off by wetland restoration, shoreline buffers, and forest cover.
    • Installing conservation easements and aquatic management areas in new developments.

    Let’s all be proactive to preserve our lake.  We are grateful to all the sampling teams over the last 20 years, including our current samplers Al and Patti Kiecker along with Sharon Natzel.  The sampling has enabled phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophyll, chloride, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, conductance, suspended solids, transparency, and color to be tracked.

    This news item is brought to you by the Long Lake Area Association.

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Long Lake Resident is Remembered

    At his cabin on Enchanted Drive
    John Gary "Gus" Gustafson, age 85, of White Bear Lake passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Margaret Gustafson; sister Mary; and first wife Donna. Gus is survived by his loving wife Ruby of 46 years; children Jim Gustafson, Dawn (Dale) Hammerschmidt, Jennifer Slupe, Beth (Mike) Mustar, Peter (Tina) Walker, Ann (Tom) Hersman, Nancy (Paul) Melquist, and Paul (Mary) Walker. He was idolized by twenty grandchildren, their spouses, and eight great-grandchildren; siblings Kent (Vicki) Gustafson, Karen (Dale) Kjensrud, Sheryl (Kirby) Borden, and Margo (Mike, dec.) McCormick and many nieces and nephews.

    Gus grew up on a farm outside of Windom, MN. He served in the Army overseas during the Korean conflict. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1957. An injury sustained in a preseason game put an early end to his playing career. In 1961, Gus married Donna Reinhardt. They had three beautiful children. Donna passed away following a valiant fight with cancer. In 1969, Gus married his high school sweetheart Ruby. Along with her 5 children, they became a family. Gus' teaching and football coaching career spanned over 40 years, mostly at North St. Paul High School, and included winning a state title in the 70s. He was recognized by former students everywhere he went. He was inducted into many Halls of Fame, including: Windom Area High School, Minnesota Football Coaches, Gustavus Adolphus, and was selected as the Minnesota High School Track coach of the year in 1979. He also served as president of the Old Timers Football Association.

    Besides his family, his greatest love was being at his cabin on Long Lake outside of Park Rapids. He loved to rake the woods, split firewood, have raging bonfires and drink a beer (or two) in the sauna.  Memorials may be sent to Redeemer Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake MN or the Long Lake Area Association, P.O. Box 808. Park Rapids, MN 56470.

    Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 7, 2018