Saturday, September 3, 2022

Fall Reminders from your Association


With Labor Day weekend here we are all thinking of Fall. Many families are already taking boats, docks, lifts, and other toys out of the water.  Here are some items to remember:

  • If you hire a lake service provider (LSP) to take out your docks, lifts, and/or boats remember to ask if they are MN DNR certified.  The MN DNR maintains a list of certified LSPs for Hubbard County.  Follow this link and scroll down until you see "Park Rapids”: MN DNR List of Dock Service Providers, Hubbard County  (this link loads slowly)

  •  If you have a zebra mussel settlement sampler (PVC tube, cinder block, plates, etc), please check it one last time and fill out the “Eyes on the Water Survey” even if you do not find any AIS.  An “absence” report is important.  Clean the sampler and reinstall next spring.   Hubbard County COLA Eyes on the Water for Healthy Lakes

  • Inspect your own docks, lifts, rafts, boats for zebra mussels and any other AIS as you remove them from the water. Make sure to look in areas that have been in the shade under water like the backside of dock tires, for example. Include your findings on the equipment as you complete the “Eyes on the Water Survey”.  An “absence” report is important too.  (see link above)

  • If you find suspected zebra mussels (ZM) and/or would like a second opinion as you inspect your own docks and lifts on your shoreline, contact one of our certified AIS detectors:  Sharon Natzel, 763-355-7908,  or  Jim Blodgett, 651-395-9317, .  This information is needed for our ZM pilot with the Univ of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC).
  • It is illegal to transport AIS (zebra mussels, etc) on a road.  This guide for shore-land owners helps explain when a permit is needed to transport boats/equipment with attached AIS like zebra mussels. This also helps address storing lifts, docks and watercraft for winter.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Saying Goodbye to another Long Time Long Lake Resident


Linda P. Krause Shallberg

2/17/1942 – 8/13/2022

Linda (Peterson) Krause Shallberg was a long time summer resident of Long Lake. Her parents bought their cabin (Peterson's Paradise) on Chippewa Loop in 1958 (or 59.)  The family came nearly every summer to enjoy the lake. After college Linda taught at Adams School with Omaha Public Schools from 1964 to 1969. She was a principal at Omaha's Washington Elementary School for 28 years before retiring in June of 1997.

After retiring she would spend as much time as possible on Long Lake. Linda and Dale were great supporters of the Long Lake Area Association and especially loved participating in the 4th of July Flotilla. They rarely missed an annual meeting.  She and her husband Dale (who died in March) enjoyed taking their pontoon out to see the eagles nests and enjoy lunch while out on the lake. Linda was a talented artist; she enjoyed painting out on her dock, working in her yard, and driving the "Tiger" (golf cart) around to visit neighbors. Another favorite activity was picking blueberries on the back trails and then making delicious desserts to share with family and friends.

Preceded in death by husbands Buz Krause, Dale Shallberg, and sister Marilee Fink.     Survived by sister Wanda (Terry) Ward, stepchildren Steve (Kim) Krause, Sandy (John) Roeder, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Linda & Dale were regular participants in our 4th of July flotilla's. Photo 2014.

Always gracious hosts, Dale & Linda dining at their place here on Long Lake, 2015.



A tradition they truly enjoyed was the neighborhood campfire cookouts, especially on the Fourth of July. They never missed them when they were here. (2017)

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Long Lake Property Owners Event Notice

Long Lake Property Owners,

This is to let you know about the upcoming Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (HC SWCD) Shoreland Workshop coming up. It's being given for lakeshore owners to help empower citizen-driven conservation on Friday, 8/19/2022, 1pm at the Mantrap Lake Campground and Day Use Area. 

This event is free of charge and does not require registration. Jake Shaughnessy, a Hubbard SWCD water quality resource technician, explains that the goal of the workshop is to promote shoreline stewardship and water-quality-friendly living to benefit healthy lakes and fish habitat. The event involves a handful of speakers, along with flyers and materials about best practices for managing shorelines. 

The Mantrap Lake Campground and Day Use Area is near the Big Mantrap public water access and close to, but not at, the following address:

20403 Jack Fish Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Look for the signs for the event when you arrive at the public access area on Big Mantrap Lake.

Directions from Hubbard MN to get you close to the Big Mantrap Lake Public Water Access.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Two Articles on Dogs by Mary Leadbetter

The following articles are from our Spring 2022 Newsletter
A Fetching Way to Help Keep Roads Clean by Mary Leadbetter

Now that spring has arrived it is especially important to think about our impact on our beautiful northern  Minnesota area. The road I live on has a tremendous amount of traffic and some folks are inconsiderate about littering. We all need to make a conscious effort in combating this bad habit. For my part, I have trained my last two Golden Retrievers to assist in picking up the road. As natural retrievers, it comes easy to them; however, any dog can learn to retrieve.

Atlas is a 21-month-old puppy, and this is his second year of helping with cleanup while on our many daily walks. He finds and brings me cans and bottles or anything else I send him after. It’s especially handy if such items are in the brush because he knows if I tell him “Fetch!”, there is something to find! He is now so good at his job that he often just picks up a can and carries it home for me to discard. Dogs like a job and are happy to help if you show them how. Despite his trash hunting behavior, Atlas had a successful hunting season last fall and completed his Junior Hunter title with the AKC. No need to worry that roadside clean up might interfere with a dog’s hunting abilities!

Ideally there would be no garbage for Atlas to pick up; until then, grab a bag when you’re out walking and “fetch up” some trash!

Dog Cleanup Etiquette by Mary Leadbetter

Dog poo is a big problem all over the world. We love our canine family members, but they must poo like all animals, and we need to clean it up. There are many reasons why dog waste is unhealthy and hazardous to the environment.

Feces are full of bacteria. Excessive amounts of bacterial runoff can contaminate our lakes and water supplies and can cause illness and algae overgrowth. And feces are especially high in E. coli, which can cause serious illness in humans and other animals.

Dog feces are full of chemicals used to prevent fleas, ticks, worms and so on. These chemicals, while formulated to prevent parasites in dogs, are often toxic to other species.

Feces do not make good fertilizer. They contain high nitrogen levels which can upset the balance of the chemical composition of the water, creating excessive growth of some plant life and killing off others. High nitrogen is toxic to many land plants including many found in our lawns.

Feces do not decompose very quickly. They can take a year and that is in warm weather. They don’t decompose at all in the winter.

Feces can carry parasites. Canines can carry giardia, salmonella, whipworms, hookworms, tape worms and roundworms which can spread to wild canines and other animals including humans. Your pet can also get parvo and canine flu from feces of ill dogs.

Poo Etiquette Tips:
    •Potty your dog at home before exercising in public. 

    •Take a baggy along to pick up the poo. If you forget the bag, come back later. 

    •Grossed out by poo? Use a pooper scooper. 

    •Dispose of the poo properly down the toilet (no baggie, please) or separately bagged
     and put in the garbage. 

    •To make pick up easier, train your dog to go in a certain area. 

Poo is a big deal! It has been calculated that dogs in our country produce 10.6 million tons of poo every year. Gross! Let’s all do our part to keep our public recreation areas healthy. Clean up your dog’s poo!

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Slide show of pictures from the Flotilla 2022

Click here for youtube video of photos of the Long Lake Flotilla 


The decorated boats gathered at 9:45 am on July 2nd near New Frontier Resort. Julie Notch took the pictures of the beginning.  The weather was great and everyone had a good time. We think as many as 30 boats participated include one jet ski.  The north route had 8 boats with Jim & Jona Seifert in the lead. They took pictures of the northern route too.  The rest of boats went south following Sharon and Bob Natzel. 

Thank you to all who participated.  Let us know if you liked the new time & date.  It seemed to work for many people.