Thursday, December 27, 2012

Check out our New Page: Ice Data

Due to high interest in when the lake freezes over in the winter and when the ice finally goes out in the spring, we have created a new page on the website.   This page will be updated as we get more information; right now we have about 20 years worth of data.  It would be wonderful if people found old diaries that recorded ice-in or ice-out data from before 1989.  Meanwhile check out the new page.

The pictures below, taken by Sharon Natzel, show hoarfrost (frost flowers) on the lake in the light from the sun setting before snow covered it.  Click on a photo to see it larger.

Opportunities for Input

The LLAA Communications Team would like you to know of two opportunities to provide your input on Lake-related topics.

1.  The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board recently held citizen forums around the state seeking input for the Minnesota Environmental Congress.  This link allows you to provide input until 1/15/2013:

To learn more about the Minnesota Environmental Congress go to:

2.  The communications team recently received a copy of the Conservation Minnesota Winter 2012 Update.  In it there is a survey that is part of an article titled, "Your Priorities are Our Mission."  They would like those who care deeply for Minnesota's great outdoors to take the survey and are encouraging us to spread the word.  The following is a link to that survey:

You can read their Winter newsletter articles online at:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Long Lake Friends Celebrating the Holiday Season

Nancy Baer took some great photos on Tuesday evening, December 11th, at Necce's Ristorante in Park Rapids where the Long Lake Ladies Luncheon group held their annual Christmas party.  The guests shared wine and appetizers during a social hour before dinner, then enjoyed a good meal while listening to live music by singer/guitar player,  Don Holmen.

The Long Lake Ladies Luncheon group is not an official part of the lake Association and it is not necessary to be a member of LLAA to join us for lunch.  We meet informally at various area restaurants once a month, share stories and sometimes exchange books.  To be notified about the upcoming luncheons, simply send your email address to Barb Roberts (  The ladies luncheons are mainly for the women of Long Lake to get to know each other and the annual Christmas party was established to bring husbands, significant others or guests along for a special dinner gathering.
Some phones and tablets do not support Flash.  This is a link to the photos in this slideshow for those without Flash:  LongLakeLiving.org_Picasa Web Album_Holiday Party 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


In the past few weeks we've seen (and heard) huge numbers of geese congregating on the lake, with smaller numbers of ducks and swans mingling with the group.  Periodically throughout the day they would disappear for awhile, to places unknown, to eat.  Sharon Natzel captured this photo of swans dining in a harvested corn field by County Road 20.  The ones with the darker necks are the juveniles.  A cold snap has capped the lake in it's cover of winter ice - at least in the area we observe - and so it appears that they moved on yesterday (supposedly South) until next spring.

Swans in field by Sharon Naztel

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fickle Weather

December Ice Melt by Barb Roberts
At noon today (12/3/12) Barb Roberts sent us this photo to post, along with this observation:  "Our bay at the north end was all ice and now it's going out.  I took a picture this morning.  Not often do we see ice going out in December, but with 45 degree temperature I guess it should be expected!  The snow is all gone too!  Tomorrow will be a different story with highs in the 20's.  I see now it's raining!"

Watercraft Inspections 2012

Here are some highlights from the Hubbard SWCD statistics for the Long Lake AIS Watercraft Inspection Program at the two primary accesses during the Summer Season of 2012. The total number of boats inspected was 1310 representing 19 different states.  These inspections are really meant to be training opportunities for boaters.  We touched over 1300 boaters and trained them on best practices to prevent the spread of AIS.  For example, the individuals were coached to use a sponge where water in the boat was evident and then to later bleach the sponge.  This will prevent zebra mussel veligers in standing water from entering the lake.  Hopefully, the educational inspection process helped these boaters and their guests to understand even better the MN Aquatic Invasive Species Laws and why they are so important for our healthy Long Lake.  

Long - North Access:
  • Vehicles from 9 different States used the Long - North access
  • For the notation "Check Drain Plug, Water in Boat = Yes", there were 3 MN on Exit and 2 MN on Enter
  • For the notation "Drain Plug Out When Arrived = No", there were 2 MN
  • 517 boats on Long N in total were examined in 461 hours.  17 had attached vegetation:  7 on Entering (non-AIS) and 10 on Exiting
Long - South Access:
  • Vehicles from 19 different States used the Long - South access
  • For the notation "Check Drain Plug, Water in Boat = Yes", there were 3 MN on Exit and 5 MN, 1 AZ, 1 IL on Enter
  • For the notation "Drain Plug Out When Arrived = No", there were 18 MN, 1 WI, 1 IL
  • 793 boats on Long S in total were examined in 477 hours.  8 had attached vegetation:  2 on Entering (non-AIS) and 6 on Exiting

Submitted by LLAA President, Jeff Bjorkman and LLAA Secretary, Sharon Natzel

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ice Data

Lou Schultz and his friend, Vern Campbell, have been working on statistics for the lake freezing and thawing each year.  According to their graphs, so far, they are able to state, "We see the average date for the lake to freeze over totally is December 11th and we can predict the lake will freeze some time between November 13th and January 8th.  In only three years out of a thousand can we expect it to freeze outside of these limits calculated from the data.  It appears to be a very stable process."

Remember if you have or find any ice-in or ice-out information/observations from before 1989 we can use that data to help this process.  So, look for old diaries or calendars and please email us the dates when the ice came in and/or the ice went out for those years if you are fortunate enough to find them.  Thanks for any help.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winter (Snow) has finally come to Long Lake

Thursday evening we finally had some snow that looks like it could stick around.  This morning the lake was calm and filled with ducks and geese feeding by the shore line.  I was rather these are taken from the front window.  I like staying warm!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Post on the History Page

Sharon Natzel and I (C.C. White) read through the minutes of the Pine Haven Lake Shore Property Owners Association this last week.  The organization was active from the 1950's through the 1960's and maybe into the 1970's.  (If anyone has more information please get in touch with me.)  Pine Haven was the area on the west side of Long Lake from Hubbard to just north of what is now Chippewa Loop.

We have one book of minutes from the organization.  Some of the documents are as early as 1954 and others as late as 1962.  It was great fun to read through these minutes and letters.  The group designed their own letter head.  Many of the issues are the same as today - public access, stocking of fish, tax rates, speakers from conservation departments, unpaid dues from members, pay bills, organize potlucks, etc.  One issue they often addressed was electricity.  Most of the Pine Haven area didn't get electric service until after 1955.  According to the minutes most considered the rates way too high.

It was also fun to see the list of members and officers from this group.  For example, in 1958 they had about 48 households as members and these were the officers:

       President:  John B. Tam
       Vice President:  Coyne Oldham
       Secretary -Treasurer:  Edwin Allen
       Executive Committee:  Paul Becker, Ralph Maybee

The association would meet at the Pine Have Christian Assembly Camp for their summer meeting.  This was usually a potluck with some kind of entertainment and then the business meeting.  Whole families attended these meetings.  I remember attending several as a kid and remember when Rick Carter and Bob Hall played guitar and sang for the group.  In the winter they often met at Birdland Shelter House in Des Moines, IA.  Most members were from Des Moines or near there. 

Sharon scanned four of the most typical and interesting of the minutes and I have placed links to them on our history page.  Click on the history tab at the top to check them out. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Newsletter and More

Our fall newsletter has been posted and you can find the link on the "Board Communications" page.
Then click over to our history page to find Gerry Budget's 100 year history of Long Lake.

These are the photos Nancy Baer mentioned in her Newsletter article, Notes from Nancy's Deck.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day, November 11, 2012

World War I (known at the time as “The Great War”) officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

For a more complete history:  Dept. of Veterans Affairs "History of Veteran's Day"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy November!

Three things we would like to remind you about on this first of the weekends in November of 2012:
  • Tomorrow, November 3rd, is the start of the firearms opener for the 2012 deer hunting season.  The latest weather report looks like we could get just the kind of snow hunters like for tracking.  The Minnesota DNR anticipates a good deer harvest this year as indicated in their recent press release:  DNR Anticipates Good Deer Hunting Season

  • Tomorrow evening at 6pm is Long Lake's "Zorbaz Night" for November.  Maybe some will have stories of the hunt to share, but hunter or not, we encourage you to join your Long Lake neighbors at this relaxed gathering.  Zhateau Zorbaz is located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.  Events like this are posted on our calendar:  LLAA Calendar [Clicking on the event brings up details and a map.]

  • The third reminder is that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am on November 4th.  So before you go to bed on Saturday night, be sure to turn your clock back one hour.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Water Quality Graphs

Links to newly updated water quality graphs (September 2012) can be found on our "Water Quality Data" page:  Water Quality Data

Monday, October 15, 2012

Know the Candidates Forums

The LLAA Board, on Saturday, approved posting the following "know the candidate" information that COLA shared in a letter to them.

This is an important election and property owners need to be heard. This is an opportunity to come and ask the candidates questions that relate to your interests.

The first forum is Tuesday, 6:30 pm, at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids.  Click on the link below for other times and names of candidates.

Dear COLA Reps and Lake Presidents,

Attached is a message from Hubbard COLA regarding the upcoming elections and getting to know the candidates.  Please forward this message and attachment to your lake association members encouraging them to attend the upcoming "Candidate Forums" so they can get to know their candidates and what interests they represent.

Thank you for sending this message to all our COLA members!

Dan Kittilson, President
Hubbard COLA

Full notice from COLA

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 6 @ 6pm

Saturday, the 6th, is Long Lake's "Zorbaz Night" for October; a good opportunity to enjoy the company of your lake neighbors.

Time:  6pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.

Monday, October 1, 2012

News Releases from Minnesota DNR

LLAA's President, Jeff Bjorkland, has shared three recent news releases from Minnesota's DNR.  They contain good suggestions for fall cabin close down.

[In addition, all of the DNR's latest news releases can be seen by following this link:]

1.  Prevent spread of aquatic invasive species during 'cabin close-up' season

Labor Day has come and gone and soon Minnesotans will be raking leaves and preparing for winter. But the switch from summer to fall means a new season where Minnesotans must be vigilant to prevent and curb the spread of aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers important legal reminders and tips that apply to cabin and lakeshore owners as well as boaters.

When removing watercraft from lakes or rivers at the end of the boating season, there are two important things to know:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Effects of Drought on Minnesota Forests

The extreme drought covering much of Minnesota is weakening trees in our forests.  Listen to the clip below to hear Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer speak with Lee Felich, director the University of Minnesota's Center for Forest Ecology, about the effect of the drought on our trees.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Forum on Challenges Minnesota Lakes Face Today

An invitation from COLA to all area lake residents.

Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations will sponsor an informative meeting with Jeff Forester, executive director of MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates, in place of our monthly COLA meeting on Thursday, September 27th, at the Northwood's Bank Community Room.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet social at 5:30 p.m. and Jeff's presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  He will discuss what is happening in our state concerning our lakes and rivers and how we can work together to protect them for present and future generations.

Click here to see the flyer from COLA

Fire Restrictions in our Area

The Minnesota DNR has issued the following news release about fire danger and restrictions that include our area:

Restrictions on campfire and open burning in northwestern and north-central Minnesota take effect Sunday

(Released September 19, 2012)
Because fire danger is high to very high across major portions of the state due to continued drought conditions, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating burning restrictions in northwestern and north-central Minnesota, beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Continue reading here:
Restrictions on Campfire and Open Burning in Northwestern and North Central Minnesota

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Autumn "Adopt a Highway"

We invite all Long Lake residents to LLAA's Autumn "Adopt a Highway" Roadside Cleanup this Saturday, September 15th, at 2pm.  Meet at the intersection of Hwy. 87 and County Hwy. 20 (east side of the lake) on the short dirt road for assignments and supplies.  We will clean the seven mile stretch along County 20 between the two Long Lake Area Association "Adopt a Highway" signs.  This simple service project not only makes our area look better; it also helps environmentally by keeping trash from entering Long Lake and the surrounding landscape.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fall Colors

An early spring and a dry summer this year have combined to bring us early fall color.  Driving from Park Rapids to Bemidji yesterday we were surprised by how much more color change there has been away from the lake.  Itasca State Park is already reporting a 10 to 25 percent change in their shrubs and trees.

You can keep track of Itasca's fall color reports on this webpage:
Itasca State Park Fall Color Page

Or check here for fall color reports (including a list of events) for all of Minnesota:
Minnesota DNR Fall Color Reports

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Updated Data on Long Lake's Water Quality

Be sure to view the newly updated information, charts and graphs on our "Water Quality Data" page and then check it out again later this fall for the final update of 2012.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 5th Zorbaz Night

Can you believe it is already September?  This Wednesday evening, September 5th, will be the last of this year's summer schedule for Zorbaz Night's.  Starting in October we go back to the first Saturday night of the month.

We hope to see you at Zorbaz:
Time:  6pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Inivitation to Crow Wing Watershed Gathering 2

Dear Citizens, Local Officials, and Community Leaders:

We invite you to participate in the Crow Wing Watershed Gathering 2 on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Local partners and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are hosting the event.

Join local officials, community leaders, government partners, and watershed residents, to explore and discuss the current health of the Crow Wing River Watershed.  Since 2010, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and local partners have gathered information on streams and lakes in the Park Rapids area.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask water quality questions and learn more about the watershed.

Presenters will include:  Area Fisheries Biologist, DNR, Clean Water Specialist, Board of Soil and Water Resources, Area Hydrologist, DNR, and Emmons and Olivier Resources Inc.
Prizes and refreshments were donated by Crow Wing SWCD, Hubbard County SWCD, and  Hubbard County COLA.

Address: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 305 W 5th St.,  Park Rapids MN
Click on this link for:   Map to the church

Please share the enclosed invitation with colleagues, friends, and other community leaders.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Melissa Barrick
Crow Wing SWCD
District Manager

Click on this link for:  Full agenda

Friday, August 24, 2012

"Restore the Shore" Opportunity to buy Trees and Shrubs

A link to this year's "Restore the Shore" tree and shrub order form has been posted on our "Shore Management" page.  Orders and payments must be in by 9/17/2012 for delivery next spring.  The benefit of ordering trees through this program is that the minimum quantity (bundle of five) order requirement is for a smaller number of trees.  Information about where to mail your order and payment is also posted on the "Shore Management" page.  You will find the information and link near the bottom of that page.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Interesting piece from MN public radio on Zebra Mussels

"Soil bacteria could be key to fighting zebra mussels"
by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
August 16, 2012

St. PAUL, Minn. — Scientists at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are studying a possible natural solution to zebra mussel infestations.

 Click here to see the rest of the story. 

This sounds like it is in the very initial stages, but at least ways it gives some hope in the battle with the zebra mussels... 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Legends and Logging Festival 2012

Park Rapids annual "Legends and Logging Festival" is on August 10th and 11th this year.  The festival is a celebration of the area's history, culture, artisans and food.
Click on the picture of the Legends and Logging Days button (above) for time, location and other detailed information.

Webpage Changes

Member photos are no longer on the right sidebar, but can now be viewed in a larger slideshow at the bottom of this blog page.  The slideshow of 2011's "Lake Discovery Program" that had been in that slot before is now attached to the original (July 29, 2011) post which can be found here:

A list of links to all past posts is on the sidebar under "Blog Archive."

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Discover Itasca's Forest Day

Tuesday, August 7th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm Itasca State Park will hold it's 4th annual Discover Itasca's Forest Day.  This is a family-friendly event with many activities planned for all ages.  You will find more information here:  Discover Itasca's Forest Day - 2012
To contact Itasca State Park call (218) 699-7251 or email

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beautiful Day for a Walk in the Forest

This afternoon nine people came for a guided tour by LuAnne White of White's Tree Farm on Chippewa Loop.  The tree farm was officially started in 1963 by Harold and Delpha White and then continued by their son, Richard.  Now LuAnne and her sister, CC, continue the tradition.  The tree farm is maintained according to a plan registered with the DNR as a tree farm that provides managed pine growth and habitat for wildlife. Three years ago the Whites donated an easement to the 100 acres to the Minnesota Land Trust.  This keeps the land as a green, natural space that will never be built on but enjoyed by lake residents.  It also preserves the watershed which helps protect the lake. 

LuAnne guided the group along the trails and pointed out various types of trees, wildlife signs, flowers and some grasses. Others used their knowledge to identify various fungi.  The group even caught a little garter snake.  Below are pictures of the group before they headed into the woods.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Zorbaz Tonight

Today is August 1st and August's first Wednesday - which means that it's time for Long Lake neighbors to meet at Zorbaz Zhateau.  All are welcome at this monthly, informal gathering.
Time:  6 pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012 Forest Discovery for Kids

Saturday, August 4th, at 1PM there will be a guided ecology-type field trip for "kids" of all ages with the White Family associates.  Reserve your spot by calling 732-7939 before 7PM on Friday, August 3rd, with your name and how many will be coming.  We will walk through the White's woods to discover, learn and discuss how the wooded areas help protect our lake.  Your children need to be accompanied by an adult.  Bring your own water bottles and bug spray.  Wear slacks and shoes (not sandals) as you'll be walking around some thistles too.  Meet at 14388 Chippewa Loop on the west side by the garages.

(Saturday, August 11th at 1PM is our backup date in case of rain on August 4th.)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lake Discover Program 2012

This year's "Lake Discover" program is Saturday, July 14th at 10AM.  This event will be held at the South Access boat launch area and is for kids of all ages.  We will repeat what we learned from Jon Sams last year by doing a guided Biotic Index exercise of collecting "things" in the lake, identifying them (clams, invertebrates, leaches, snails, etc.) and then discovering how they can tell us if our lake water is good, beginning to be not-so-good or becoming polluted.  Bring your life jacket, water shoes and a bucket.  Your children need to be accompanied by an adult.

(The slideshow at the bottom of this page shows pictures from last summer's "Lake Discover")

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

At Zorbaz Tonight

Tonight (Wednesday, 7/11/2012) is "Zorbaz Night" - a monthly informal gathering of Long Lake neighbors for food and fellowship.  All are welcome.
Time:  6 pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pictures from the Flotillas on July 4th

Thanks to all who participated in the fun flotilla on our sunny 4th this year!  You viewers on shore made the 4th of July celebration even better with your exuberance!

The theme "Patriotism for Your Country" was evident in the twenty-some decorated boats and pontoons.  Special thanks to the Flotilla Leaders Jon Notch & Team for the north route and Joanne Torfin & Crew for the south route.  Thanks also to the Oliver's for judging the south route, the Madsen's for hosting north route judging on their dock, and to CC White for posting the pictures on the website so quickly.

On the north route, the identified winners are Team Lorentzen in the boat category and The Schell Team for the pontoon category.  On the south route, the identified winner for the pontoon category is the John McKinney Family.   If your "unidentified" boat or pontoon was labeled in the pictures as a first or second place winner,  please see Sharon during registration at the LLAA Annual Meeting, 9:30 AM on Saturday, July 7th at the Hubbard Community Center.

Follow this link to view the Flotilla photos:
2012 Flotilla Photo Album

If anyone can identify people or boat names please leave those as comments.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A friend of mine is a diver and posted these pictures on his facebook page of how the zebra mussels are invading Lake LeHommeDieu near Alexandria, MN.  I hope you can see his comments, too.  One of his friends asks, "what can be done about the zebra mussels?"  Greg replies, "Nothing, its too late."

It makes Long Lake seem even more precious.  Thanks to everyone who is checking, cleaning and helping to prevent them from getting into Long Lake. 

Link to photo album by Greg Moen

Friday, June 29, 2012

LLAA's Annual Meeting

The Long Lake Area Association's 2012 Annual Meeting will be Saturday, July 7th, at the Hubbard Community Center.  Please come at 9:30AM for coffee, juice & rolls, registration, browsing informational displays and socializing.  The meeting will begin at 10AM.  Our two featured presenters this year are Mark Sommer, Hubbard Soil & Water Conservation District, on the Long Lake Water Quality Report and Doug Kingsley, MN DNR Area Fisheries, on dissolved oxygen and temperature monitoring.

Door prizes follow the Neighborhood Elections.  All are welcome.

Check out the draft of the annual meeting minutes from last year on the Board Communications tab of this website. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Flotilla Information for 2012

On Wednesday, July 4th, those participating in the flotilla should gather at 9:50AM at New Frontier Resort on the west side of the lake and depart at 10AM in 2 groups.  You can follow the Flotilla Leader on the North route or the South route.  The decorating theme for this year is "Patriotism for Your Country."

Display your phone number LARGE enough for the judges to read.  There will be first and second prize winners selected from boats and also first and second prize winners selected from pontoons.  The Flotilla Leaders are not eligible for prizes.  Please keep decorations intact until 1 PM on July 4th.  Participants agree to allow photo publishing.

If there is inclement weather (high winds, rain, thunderstorms) at 9AM on the 4th, the Flotilla will be cancelled.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Neigborhood 3 - Summer Saturday Morning Break

The Neighborhood 3 "Summer Saturday Morning Break" will be held June 30th from 9 to 11:30 AM at the Hubbard Community Center.  There will be a complimentary continental breakfast, open house style, where you can come and go whenever it works in your morning schedule.  Bring stories and pictures to share your lake history.  Invite your neighbors and bring your cabin guests along.  All are welcome!
Neighborhood 3 includes those folks from the Hubbard Dam going East on Highway 87 and North on County 20 to 140th Street.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Who Doesn't Like Fireworks?!!

Many Long Lake families have made it a tradition to go into Park Rapids each year to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks over Heartland Park at dusk.  The Park Rapids Rotary is working to collect money to help support this fun, family friendly tradition and maintain it's status as one of the best shows in the state.  Long Lake Area Association member, Joanne Torfin, who is also a member of the Park Rapids Rotary, has shared this one minute YouTube video link with us about the fireworks fund drive:

Park Rapids Rotary Fireworks Fund Drive

If you would like to contribute any amount toward the 2012 Fireworks celebration your donation can be mailed to:  Park Rapids Rotary Fireworks, P.O.Box 704, Park Rapids, 56470

Information submitted by Joanne Torfin
Photos by C.C. White

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Reminder for Saturday

Tri-Watershed Expo: A Learning Opportunity

Tri-Watershed Expo

Hubbard County is unique in that it crosses three watershed districts.  They are the Mississippi Headwaters watershed to the north; the Leach Lake watershed covering the eastern portion and the Crow Wing watershed which includes the city of Park Rapids and southeastern part of Hubbard County. The bounded hydrologic system is where all living things are inextricably linked through common water communities and where we must become part of that community.

To enhance your knowledge of the impacts of land-use on water and natural resources the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a

Tri-Watershed Expo on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 8:00am to 12:30pm at the Park Rapids High School.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Long Lake Zorbaz Night

Wednesday, June 6th, is "Zorbaz Night" - an opportunity to get together with your Long Lake friends and neighbors.  All are welcome to join this informal and varying group for food and fellowship.  During summer Long Lake Zorbaz Nights are the first Wednesday of each month.
Time:  6 pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Loon Chicks

Barb Roberts sent us this report on Saturday:

"We have a baby loon on the north end of the lake.  I'm attaching a picture of it and also the loon that is sitting on her nest down the lake by the purple martin nests."

Thanks, Barb, for contributing to the blog.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Minnesota Waters Merges with Conservation Minnesota

The Minnesota Waters' newsletter is now available and is accessible on their website.
Minnesota Waters Newsletter, Summer 2012, Vol. 7, No. 23

The newsletter is in a pdf format, and will require the Adobe Reader program. This is a free program to download and install on any computer.

This and more are available on their web site:  Minnesota Waters Website

Check it Out:  There are three links to very well done videos about keeping our lakes free of invasive species on the "Protect Our Lake" page.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Many activities are planned for today to honor our veterans and their families.  We remember both the ones who gave the "last full measure" and the ones who are now home but will always live with the "war" memories.   Please stop during this busy day to remember its purpose and thank them. 

picture taken and posted on

Monday, May 14, 2012

Adopt-A-Highway this Saturday

On Saturday, May 19th, at 2PM all Long Lake area residents are invited to participate in our spring roadside cleanup along County 20 between the two Long Lake Area Association "Adopt-A-Highway" signs.  Gather at the intersection of Hwy. 87 and County 20 on the short dirt road for assignments and supplies.  We can make a difference by keeping trash from entering the lake and surrounding fields.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tri-Watershed Expo: A Learning Opportunity

Tri-Watershed Expo

Hubbard County is unique in that it crosses three watershed districts.  They are the Mississippi Headwaters watershed to the north; the Leach Lake watershed covering the eastern portion and the Crow Wing watershed which includes the city of Park Rapids and southeastern part of Hubbard County. The bounded hydrologic system is where all living things are inextricably linked through common water communities and where we must become part of that community.

To enhance your knowledge of the impacts of land-use on water and natural resources the Hubbard County University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a Tri-Watershed Expo on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 8:00am to 12:30pm at the Park Rapids High School.

Tailored to the issues and resources in our area, individual educational sessions will provide a variety of tools including plans, practices, and policies to protect and improve clean water resources.

Topics will include: Watershed Assessment; Shoreline Restoration; Rain Gardens; Natural Shoreline Habitat; Aquatic Invasive Plant Identification; Aquatic Invasive Species; Septic Systems & the Watershed Game. Classes will be taught by University of Minnesota Extension Educators, Department of Natural Resource Educators, University of Minnesota Master Gardeners, and local experts.

This Expo is FREE and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.  Save the date!

Click here for more information from Park Rapids Community Ed.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring 2012 Newsletter

The Long Lake Area Association's 2012 Spring Newsletter has been posted on the "Board Communications" page.  As always there is a wide variety of information that will interest you.

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Monday, April 30, 2012

Trained Lake Service Providers

To view a list of Lake Service Providers that have received their permits follow the link below, click on either button ("Register Later" or "OK") to get rid of the pop-up window, then scroll down to Hubbard County.  The list is updated often as training and issuing of permits is an ongoing process.

Link:  Permitted Lake Service Providers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fishing Season

Opening day of fishing for most species in Minnesota this year is May 12th. This is a link to the DNR's web page with opening day information:

Perhaps you have noticed these photos in the small slideshow of member photos posted on our right sidebar.   Fishing was apparently good last summer!
(Click on a photo to enlarge)

As told by Lou Schultz:
"We usually fish separately and we are like teenagers with our iPhones, texting each other.  The intelligent conversations usually go something like this:

Text - I just landed a 39 inch pike.
Question - What did you catch it on?
Answer - A hook
Question - Where did you catch it?
Answer - In the lip.
Response - Thanks.

John McKinney now has an iPhone and will be joining the other kids next summer with our texting.
We don't really have to grow up and act our age, do we?"

Decal Required on ALL Watercraft

A new law which passed in 2011 (Minnesota Statues 86B.508) requires a watercraft owner or operator to obtain and attach an aquatic invasive species rules decal to all types of watercraft prior to launching on, entering into, or operating on any waters of the state.  This does not just mean licensed motorized boats, it includes everything from canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats to sea planes.

According to an article at MPR News, "The stickers are now available at all Department of Motor Vehicle offices and all Department of Natural Resources regional offices.  Sporting goods stores, however, have been having trouble getting them."  (Source Article: )

The DNR has posted answers to questions about the decal here:

Monday, April 16, 2012

April Snow (Spring in Minnesota)

Photos by L.L.Kooyer
We woke up this morning to the sight of spring snow covering everything and weighing down tree branches.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Story added to History Page

Former lake resident, Lovern Nauss, who lived on the west side of the lake from 1957-1983 has submitted a great story about how the guys would wait for the perfect day to grab their gear and go fishing over on Lake Winnibigoshish.  Even though Long Lake provided great fishing experiences, it was always exciting to take a day trip.  Go to the history tab and follow the link to his story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

County Soil & Water District is Hiring Watercraft Inspectors

Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspectors 
Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for seasonal Watercraft Inspectors until 4PM April 13th.  Inspectors should have an interest in aquatic resource management, be 18 years or older, and have a valid driver’s license.
Part-time and full-time:  $10/hr.  Lead Inspector:  $12/hr.
Submit letter, resume or Employment Application and references to Hubbard SWCD, 212½ 2nd St. W., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

For a complete job description go to or call 218-732-0121.

Friday, April 6, 2012

New Flyer from MN COLA on AIS

Below is the link to a new MN COLA AIS Flyer with your Hubbard County COLA logo. 

This is designed for lake property owners  and entitled,

"What can we do to help halt the further spread of AIS?"

The AIS Flyer can be shared with your lake association members and any property owner on the lake.

Feel free to pass this link along to other community friends, lake people or make a printout to give to neighbors, renters and other visitors. 

Protecting MN lakes/rivers from the further spread of AIS is everyone's responsibility!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

April AIS Training Session for LSP's

Additional Lake Service Provider training opportunities have been added in April including one session in Park Rapids.

Date:  April 20, 2012
Time:  10AM to 1PM
Location:  St. Joseph’s Area Health Services
                 Lower Level Conference Room A
                 600 Pleasant Avenue
                 Park Rapids, MN 56470

For more information on the required permit and training follow this link:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ice Out: Monday March 26th

As far as Linda and I can tell there have been no reports of ice on the lake since Monday.  Most of it was gone on Sunday and Barb Roberts reported that the ice in their bay was gone on Monday.

The chart with ice out data has the earliest date for ice out as April 2nd in 2010.  That chart has data since 1988.   It would really be interesting to find someone who has the data from even earlier. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012 Ice Report

All week long we have been watching the ice as it has been slowly melting and changing colors. This morning is had turned a very dark green which is always a good sign of spring.  There was a widening channel of water near shore.  At about 2 o'clock, I went out to take pictures.  The area of ice free water was still wider and another channel of water had opened near the middle.  Before I got a chance to post those pictures, the north wind started blowing pushing the ice south and making the ice pile up at Breezy Point toward the east side of the lake.  It won't be long now and the ice will be gone!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Long Lake Needs Your Help Now!

Please help!  Legislators say they need the help of Minnesota citizens. The DNR also says they have been successful implementing better policies for years because of the partnership with Minnesota citizens.  At the recent Detroit Lakes AIS Legislative Summit, the legislators said that it is very important that we write them letters with our ideas.  We are reminded again by Minnesota Waters of the importance of our correspondence.  You will find detailed information about all of this and it's importance in the link below including bills currently before the legislature, your legislator's contact information and a sample letter.

Use this PDF file to learn about links and speaking points:
Protecting Minnesota's most precious resource from AIS

A second very important issue is keeping Minnesota's Game & Fish Fund solvent beyond July 2013 and to maintain the work the DNR does to manage our resources and provide hunting & fishing opportunities.  Persons interested in expressing their opinion on this subject should contact their local state senator or representative.

Use this link to learn about the DNR's License Initiative:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Learning Opportunity on AIS Next Week

From Asian carp to flowering rush Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota's precious water resources and the communities that depend on them.

Join local officials, scientists, natural resource professionals and concerned citizens to learn about the latest research on AIS management and the policy and legal implications of the approaches available today.

The two-day event will take place March 19 and 20 at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul, within walking distance of the State Capitol building. 

Click the link below for information and registration materials.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering George Frederic Hoffman II

Long Lake summer resident, George Frederic Hoffman II died in Green Valley, Arizona on Thursday, February 23, 2012.  He was 86 years old.

G.F., as he was known, grew up in Leon and graduated from Leon High School in 1943.  He then joined the United States Army Air Corps where he flew 35 missions over Germany as a B-17 tail gunner in WWII with the 359 Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, known as the Hell’s Angels.  G.F. played football, basketball, and received his undergraduate degree from Simpson College.  He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1950 and then began practicing law in Leon, Iowa for the next 55 years at the same firm his grandfather started in 1878.  At the time of his retirement Hoffman Law Firm was the oldest continuous family law firm in Iowa.  He was a lifetime member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

As a young man, G.F. worked as a lifeguard on the shores of Lake Michigan and helped Edgar Hansel pilot a boat from the Great Lakes down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.  G.F. was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  In the days before refrigeration he worked delivering ice to the cabins along Long Lake.  He often hitchhiked or rode his Indian motorcycle to get to the lake that he loved.  He spent 80 memorable summers with family and friends at the cabin on Long Lake at Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Memorials may be given to the Long Lake Area Association Foundation, PO BOX 808, Park Rapids, MN 56470 - or to the Central Decatur Community School Foundation, c/o Central Decatur Schools, Business Office, 1201 NE Poplar Street, Leon, Iowa 50144.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Attend your township meeting!

Please attend your Township Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 13 and show your support for your Township's continued partnership with LLAA in Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection 

  Together we can help keep Long Lake healthy and free of Zebra Mussels
  -  Hubbard Township Annual Meeting 7 PM, Tues, 3/13 at Hubbard Community Center, Hubbard, MN
  -  Henrietta Township Annual Meeting 8 PM, Tues 3/13 at Hall - 19401 State Hwy 226, South of Dorset, MN

Let us  know if you are attending by adding a comment to this entry.  The more the "merrier"..

Saturday, March 3, 2012

2 Items from Minnesota Waters

Minnesota Waters has notified all Associations of more lake service Providers Training and that the newsletter is available.  It sounds like they are going to have quite an extensive display at the Boat Show in the TwinCities.
For more details follow the link on the right sidebar to MinnesotaWaters.

Lake Service Providers Training
March 21, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Northland Arboretum

Please find training directions, additional details and all of the statewide training dates/locations on the Minnesota Waters' website
You can also find out "How to apply for a Lake Service Provider Permit."
All service provider business owners must complete invasive species training and pass an examination in order to obtain a permit.  A new page on the DNR website provides information about service provider training and permitting -  Permit application and training location information can also be found there.

Reminders of activities for the coming week:

March 6th, 1pm at Northwoods Bank:

"The Future of Minnesota's Waters"
Sharon Natzel, association president, sent us this comment:
"We heard Darby speak in January at the Detroit Lakes Legislative Summit.  He was an excellent speaker with a terrific message."
The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will be sponsoring a program on "The Future of Minnesota's Water's" with Darby Nelson, author of "For Love of Lakes" and conservation activist.

March 6th, 5pm Park Rapids Library:

"Property Tax Assessment Process in Hubbard County"
There will be a program on "Property Tax Assessment Process in Hubbard County" sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Park Rapids.
This program is on the process of property valuation assessment, not about the merits or deficits of property taxation. As lake shore owners you are probably even more interested in anything relative to property taxes.

March 7, 11am - 2pm at the American Legion:
Chili Cook Off to raise money for the Park Rapids Food Shelf.

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Minnesota AIS Symposium

A two day AIS Symposium is coming up soon in St. Paul, MN.

Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20
 - Kelly Inn (161 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103)
 - $40 registration fee includes lunch and refreshments both days.

Symposium Objective:
From Asian carp to flowering rush, aquatic invasive species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota’s precious water resources and the communities that depend on them.  Join local officials, scientists, natural resource professionals and concerned citizens to learn about the latest research on AIS  management and the policy and legal implications of the approaches available today.

Details of the agenda, hotel costs, registration, etc. can be found at the following website:
2012 Minnesota AIS Symposium Information
(Note:  Kelly Inn offers a lodging discount if booked on or before March 4th)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hubbard Sleigh Festival

We have snow!

It came perfectly timed for the "Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival" coming up on Sunday, February 26th.

Find all the details by following this link:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Live Eagle Cams

Both the Minnesota Bound Eagle Cam and the eagle cam in Decorah, Iowa are up and running again.  The Minnesota nest is located in south central Minnesota and is about 75 feet in the air.
Click here to see it:  Minnesota Bound Eagle Cam
(The link is also in the "Webcams" box on our right sidebar.)
The Decorah Eagles can be seen by following this link:
Decorah IA - Eagles

You may also enjoy checking out the "Minnesota Bound" website found here:  Minnesota Bound
We will link to the Loon Cam when it starts again this year.  In the mean time you may want to read Larry Backlund's "Loon Blog" (source of the loon cam):  Larry's Loon Blog

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"The Future of Minnesota's Waters"

Sharon Natzel, association president, sent us this comment:
"We heard Darby speak in January at the Detroit Lakes Legislative Summit.  He was an excellent speaker with a terrific message."

The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will be sponsoring a program on "The Future of Minnesota's Water's" with Darby Nelson, author of "For Love of Lakes" and conservation activist.

This presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank Community Room. 
Free presentation.

For more information about Darby Nelson go to his website:  Darby Nelson's website