Thursday, March 31, 2011

Long Lake Living is now on Facebook.

More opportunities for neighbors to be social no matter where they are in the world.

Just click on the "Find us on Facebook" link (on the right sidebar) to check it out. 

You will see the posts from this weblog and more.  By clicking the "Like" button on our Facebook page you will be able to interact with other Long Lake fans in a variety of ways:
post on our wall,
upload your own photos,
add your "likes" or comments to your neighbors’ posts.

Please join us; then tell us what you like about Long Lake or share your stories, i.e. the one that got away, the fun you had decorating for the flotilla, or spotting a special bird, flower or animal, etc.

It's a place you can post your concerns, too, like "Whose Rottwieler is running loose on Chippewa Loop?"  Or "Does anyone know how to take care of an orphaned baby chipmunk?"

We would love to see your photos and don't forget to like and/or comment on what you see.

Not on Facebook?  I bet some of your kids or grandkids are!  Send this link to them.  They can keep up with Long Lake neighbors and friends.  It’s faster and reaches more people than just our association members.  How many "Likes" can we get???  Maybe we will find some long lost friends who just haven't been able to get to the lake.

Thanks to Linda K for all the hard work to set up this page.  :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thinking of Spring

Here is a link to the history wiki which has charts and graphs of the dates of the ice going out in the spring:  Ice In and Ice Out Charts
Last year was very early.  What will it be this year?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

There is hope of Spring around the lake.

Water on Ice by C.C.White
After a couple of days of warmer temperatures, the lake has puddles of melting water on it.  Just had to share.

Long Lake Management Plan

The Long Lake Management Plan is at last finished (March 2011) with links posted on our “Protect Our Lake” page.

Thanks to a lot of hard work and interest by the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Team and the people who participated in LLAA’s visioning session last August we now have a comprehensive plan to address Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and water quality.  Our first project will be to complete a vegetative mapping of the littoral area of the lake.  We will also be installing a kiosk at the south public access point to educate people about AIS and Long Lake.

The AIS task force is chaired by Dave Anderson.  Water quality task force is chaired by Bill Cowman.  They are always looking for volunteers to assist with projects to enhance the quality of life on Long Lake.  If you can help in any way, please contact your local board member, Dave or Bill.

If you have any questions or concerns about the plan, please contact Larry Roberts.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Thaw. :)

My Redfeathers by LLK
Yes!  It looks as though snowshoeing season is about over.  The angle of the sun is not only giving us longer days, but more heat to warm our homes.  Wildlife activity is increasing, along with chatter from the birds.  Hopefully, we will soon be talking about ice out.
The five day forecast calls for some major thawing as you can see in this chart from AccuWeather.

This means many of us can look forward (happily?) to our cars and shoes being caked in muck as we traverse our roads that become miry messes.  Is this not our springtime in the north?  By the time flowers appear up here, along with those beautiful soft greens, IMHO it's pretty much summer.  Flora or muck - here lies a question.  What constitutes spring at this latitude?  What constitutes spring where you live, if you are not here year round?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Legislative Update from MN Waters

Minnesota's 2011 Legislative Session has several bills in motion that could impact the health of Minnesota's lakes and streams.  Your legislators need to hear your priorities for Minnesota's long term lake and stream protection.  Contact them today and ask for their support to sustain our recreational opportunities, our vibrant local economies, the quality of life so unique to Minnesota, and the priceless natural resources upon which they all depend.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Long Lake Zorbaz Night

This Saturday, March 5th, is the next "Zorbaz Night."  Come join your Long Lake neighbors at this monthly, informal gathering for food and fellowship.
Time:  6 pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.