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.  

Friday, July 1, 2022

Recap of 6/25/2022 Annual Meeting

Fifty-seven members attended our Annual Meeting at the Hubbard Community Center on June 25th.  Steve Maanum, a wildlife photographer, Loon watcher, and storyteller was our guest speaker.  (See link above for his presentation.) 

Next up on the agenda were reports from the board on various projects, fundraising, the treasurer's report, and more.  Lastly we held elections for the board of directors from Neighborhoods 1, 3, 4, and 5.   You can view these reports and the election results by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.

Click here for details on your new board.



As part of the DNR's Get the Lead Out program,  we had 1.4 pounds lead tackle turned in. The lead was taken to the Hubbard County household hazardous waste site at the south transfer station.  Please check your tackle boxes for all your lead sinkers and lures, then take them to the transfer station.  All three of the local bait shops sell lead free tackle.  Just ask the clerks for the correct aisle.

For more details check this website.

As of June 26th we have 104 paid up members. If you have not paid your dues for 2023, please check out the membership page for details on how to pay.



 After the elections, a drawing was held for the door prizes.  You had to be present to win. 



 Click here to see the full Annual Meeting agenda, election results and more.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Long Lake Flotilla Details

Long Lake 4th of July Flotilla
 will be held on Saturday, July 2nd.  We will gather at New Frontier Resort on the West side of the lake, starting at 9:50 am. Follow the North or South Leaders as they lead off at 10 am.  If there is inclement weather (high winds, rain, thunderstorms) at 9 am on that day, the Flotilla will be cancelled.  The date of the Flotilla has been changed this year in an attempt to avoid any scheduling conflict with the festivities in Park Rapids on the 4th.