Monday, October 31, 2011

Check out the History Page!

I have started to add sections of the Long Lake History that Gerry Budgett and company worked on.  Sorry it has taken so long to figure out how to divide the document into manageable bits to upload to google documents.

Use the tab marked "History" at the top to navigate to the history page.  Then scroll down to see the list of documents that have been linked.  I will keep adding more pages as I get them uploaded.

I hope to be able to add more stories over the winter months, as people send them to me.  You can put things on the wiki if you wish, email me the memories or mail them to me.  I will do the scanning etc. to upload them and then link them to this page.

Remember this is your page... your contributions are needed.   
CC White, Long Lake Association Historian.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

LLAA(HC) Foundation Progress Report

Earlier this year, the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County), Inc. formed the Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization.  You may have received an email about this in late August.  The foundation is raising funds from tax deductible donations to be used for the prevention of AIS and to protect the ecosystem of Long Lake.  Specifically, the hope is to implement a comprehensive inspection/education program mid-May through mid-September at the two main Long Lake accesses.  This will require hiring two or three dedicated, full time Long Lake watercraft inspectors, so the goal was set to raise $25,000 toward this purpose by the end of 2011.

View the August letter from the Foundation's Board here:
LLAA Foundation Letter, 8/26/2011

Message From the LLAA(HC) Foundation Board:

Thank you to the 37 Families that helped us reach the $9700 mark!  We have 10 weeks  to meet our goal of $25,000.  Let’s all pull together - - Remember the FOUNDATION fund drive is for dedicated watercraft inspectors for a comprehensive watercraft inspection/education program at both primary Long Lake public launches mid-May through mid-September 2012 and preserving the quality of the environment and habitat of Long Lake.  We want to do as much as we possibly can to keep Long Lake Healthy and Free of aquatic invasive species (AIS). We need the help of all of the families that utilize Long Lake!  Please make your tax deductible donation (as allowed by law) now. We know we can count on you to help us meet the goal!

Make your check payable to LLAA Foundation and mail to:
Long Lake Area Association Foundation
PO Box 808
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Loon Migration

Long Lake Loon by L.L. Kooyer
The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center is continuing it's Common Loon Migration Study.  You may have seen the chart of the current migration.  [Common Loon Migration Chart]  It's been a popular link shared by Facebook friends.  However, there is much more to this site than just the chart tracking the location of the loons as they migrate.  Here are a few more of their page links to get you started:

1.  U.S. Geological Survey News Release on Tracked Loons - interesting information on the study and loons in general.

2.  Common Loon Migration Study Home Page - if the first "box" of links doesn't work, scroll down to try the second "box" of links.

3.  Loon Study - Frequently Asked Questions - in which you will find that Minnesota has the largest Common Loon population in the continental U.S.

4.  More About the Current Loon Study - they use "Geolocator tags" attached by leg bands on the loons to record daily location, temperature, and water-pressure data.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MN DNR News Release, October 11, 2011

The DNR released a news statement today indicating that zebra mussels are moving closer to our part of the state.  Populations of the species have been found in Douglas and Ottertail counties.  They suspect in one of the cases that the species was transported on a boat lift moved from an infested lake.  So far the new infestation is limited to a small area and they plan to treat it with copper sulfate, used to treat snails that cause swimmers itch.  The full article can be found here:  MN DNR News release, October 11, 2011

Eagles spotted

These pictures were taken October 10th on County 6 near Chippewa Loop.  The eagles had found dinner and were not disturbed by cars passing by.   Pictures take by LuAnne White.  Thanks Lui for sharing with us. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Protect Our Shoreline Page

I hope everyone viewed the information that Dave Anderson put together about protecting our shoreline.  It is easy to keep the run off from our property out of the lake; we just need to be intentional about how we use fertilizer, what plants we put close to the lake and how we mow.

I've taken down the page with this information for the winter to make space to bring back the history page.  In the spring we will put up some of the shoreline information again.

In the mean time, please start collecting your long lake stories, pictures, etc.   If we are to have an updated book about our lake, I will need your help.  I am looking forward to seeing any and all material you may have to contribute.
(C.C. White)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Here Comes the Sun...

7:12AM by Lou Schultz
7:12AM by L.L. Kooyer

It turns out that more than one of us here on the west side of the lake were enjoying our view of this morning's sunrise.

A surprising bit of information about these two photos is that according to the Exif data embedded by the cameras they were taken just 54 seconds apart.

(All photos can be viewed in a larger format when you click on them.)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall 2011 Issue of The Confluence

If you would like to read the most recent issue of the newsletter put out by Minnesota Waters (the Fall 2011 issue of "The Confluence") it can be found on their publications page:  MinnesotaWaters.Org/publications