Wednesday, November 30, 2011


 Long Lake Zorbaz Night is this coming Saturday night, December 3rd, at 6 pm
The Long Lake Ladies Luncheon Group 3rd Annual Christmas Dinner is Tuesday Evening, December 6, 2011.
                5:00 Social           6:00 Dinner
                            Northpoint Lodge
                 We'll be ordering off the menu.
Please RSVP by (today) Wednesday, November 30th, by replying to Barb Roberts at 732-0118.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Foundation Announcement

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is not too worn out from shopping. 

When you get time, check out the latest link in the "Quick Links" box on the right sidebar of this page.

This link will take you to the Long Lake Area Association's Foundation website.  It is the non profit group that was formed to help keep Long Lake free of invasive species.   You will find all the information you need on this site and how to donate to the Foundation.   It just might be easier than fighting the crowds to find a very worthwhile gift for your family.  A lake free of invasive species is a treasure to be preserved.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lake Ice Forming

Ice Forming by L.L. Kooyer

Ice is beginning to slowly form along the shorelines. The ice in this photo is along the west side of the lake, but it appeared there may have been a little more ice over on the east side.

During this past week groups of mallards, hooded mergansers,  trumpeter swans, and canadian geese graced Long Lake (apparently taking time out from traveling to wherever it is they go) but they were quite uncooperative about having their pictures taken.

Link: "Ice-in and ice-out" charts 1987-2009

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hamilton Island Information on the History Page

The first blast of winter is hitting Long Lake this week.. Snow.. and cold temperatures. 

So it is a good time to post some wonderful pictures and an interview that we got from Jim Cashman. Jim sent us 11 pictures dating from the 1930s on Hamilton Island at the north end of the lake. He also included a transcript of an interview that Dr. Scott did with Mr. Hedstrom, one of the owners of Pine Island Resort as the island was once called.

Go the History Page and scroll down towards the bottom. There you will see the slide show running and below that a link to the interview.

It is so much fun to get an email with this kind of information and to share it with everyone. Please look through your pictures and search your memories over the holidays.  Send me some more "stuff" to post. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day, 11/11/11

We hope you will pause today in honor and remembrance of all those who have served or are serving now in our military.  We are thankful for their courage, commitment and sacrifice.

Link:  The History of Veteran's Day

Conservation Magazine's "Extraordinary Stewards"

The November/December 2011 issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine has an informative article on Melvin and Elaine Hooker's Long Lake lakeside forest which has 2800 feet of lakeshore and contains red pine, white spruce, white pine, plus a mix of jackpine and aspen in the 167 acres they manage with the help of a DNR private forest management specialist.  The forest provides a home for ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, and deer.  Over the years the family has also seen skunks, foxes, martens, fishers, bobcats, bears and wolves.
Submitted by Sharon Natzel

"Extraordinary Stewards" article

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekend Web Links

Have you heard?  Hubbard County has a new park.  It's the La Salle Lake State Recreation Area located eight miles north of Itasca State Park.  The following link will take you to information about it from the DNR:

Yesterday there seemed to be a sea of orange everywhere - in traffic, in hunting camps near the roadways, in stores, restaurants and gas stations.  The Minnesota firearms opener for the 2011 deer hunting season was this morning and the DNR, of course, has a web page that covers pretty much any question you may have about it.

"Up Close" by L.L.Kooyer

Hunters are easy to spot in their blaze orange, but it's difficult to distinguish the deer from their surroundings.

"Six" by L.L.Kooyer
"Alert" by L.L.Kooyer