Hi All interested in our MN Lakes' "Ice-In" date for our specific lake,
Hi All interested in our MN Lakes' "Ice-In" date for our specific lake,
With Labor Day weekend here we are all thinking of Fall. Many families are already taking boats, docks, lifts, and other toys out of the water. Here are some items to remember:
Linda P. Krause Shallberg
2/17/1942 – 8/13/2022
Linda (Peterson) Krause Shallberg was a long time summer resident of Long Lake. Her parents bought their cabin (Peterson's Paradise) on Chippewa Loop in 1958 (or 59.) The family came nearly every summer to enjoy the lake. After college Linda taught at Adams School with Omaha Public Schools from 1964 to 1969. She was a principal at Omaha's Washington Elementary School for 28 years before retiring in June of 1997.
After retiring she would spend as much time as possible on Long Lake. Linda and Dale were great supporters of the Long Lake Area Association and especially loved participating in the 4th of July Flotilla. They rarely missed an annual meeting. She and her husband Dale (who died in March) enjoyed taking their pontoon out to see the eagles nests and enjoy lunch while out on the lake. Linda was a talented artist; she enjoyed painting out on her dock, working in her yard, and driving the "Tiger" (golf cart) around to visit neighbors. Another favorite activity was picking blueberries on the back trails and then making delicious desserts to share with family and friends.
Preceded in death by husbands Buz Krause, Dale Shallberg, and sister Marilee Fink. Survived by sister Wanda (Terry) Ward, stepchildren Steve (Kim) Krause, Sandy (John) Roeder, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Linda & Dale were regular participants in our 4th of July flotilla's. Photo 2014.
| Always gracious hosts, Dale & Linda dining at their place here on Long Lake, 2015.|
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:
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.
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!
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.
Click here for youtube video of photos of the Long Lake Flotilla
Thank you to all who participated. Let us know if you liked the new time & date. It seemed to work for many people.
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.
We had 295 LLAA members this past fiscal year. As of June 26th, we have 104 paid up members for the new fiscal year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. 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.
Just a reminder that You are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Long Lake Area Association on Saturday 6/25/22, in person at the Hubbard Community Center, 12141 County 6, PR -- just across from the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.
The newsletter talks about the many activities and events planned for this summer, but the major announcement is about the Annual Meeting Saturday 25th..its in person: See the details below.
LLAA Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Hubbard Community Center
You are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Long Lake Area Association on Sat 6/25/22, in person at the Hubbard Community Center, 12141 County 6, PR -- just across from the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.
9:30 AM – Social, Refreshments & Registration / Dues for LLAA for Fiscal Year 7/1/2022-6/30/2023
During the social half-hour we will feature a "Get The Lead Out" drop off box for lead tackle in exchange for a complimentary sample of lead-free tackle. This is a MN Pollution Control Agency program, focused on preservation of loons.
After the LLAA annual meeting, the lead tackle will be weighed for tracking and turned into the Hubbard County's Hazardous Waste Site by the LLAA Loon Liaison. Lead poisons loons when they swallow lead tackle that anglers have lost. The "Get The Lead Out" program is an activity listed in our LLAA Loon-Friendly Lake Management Plan Draft 1, April 12, 2022. Paying attention to the tackle we use will help us focus on the preservation of loons. Here is a MPCA informational website, and we will have posters featuring this information at the annual meeting and on our public access kiosks: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living- green/lead-free-fishing-tackle-get-lead-out
10 AM Business Meeting – Agenda:
• Speaker: Steve Maanum – wildlife photographer, outdoor educator and master storyteller – will share his insights on loon life with us through the lens of his camera. Several of the stories and pictures are from his volunteer experiences with Big Mantrap’s successful loon nesting program. Steve and other Mantrap loon volunteers provided input on loons featured by National Geographic in “America’s Wild Frontier” and the Smithsonian Channel. He’s also helped U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) efforts on tracking loons to learn more on their migration and life cycle. The 2019 Loon Appreciation Week Photo, sponsored by Loon Watch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland, WI, highlights a photograph by Steve Maanum. The photo is titled, “Just 10 More Minutes”!
• Elections of LLAA Board of Directors & Alternates: Neighborhood #1, 3, 4, 5, & one “At Large”
Candidates for the LLAA Board of Directors & Alternates – as of this time -- are listed below:
LLAA Board of Director Member “At Large”:
Mary Leadbetter *
LLAA Board of Directors / Alternates:
Nbrhd #1: Frederick Rickers * / James Alseth * Nbrhd #3: Jaimie Beretta * / Sharon Natzel * Nbrhd #4: Cheryl Scholz * / Sam Oliver * Nbrhd #5: Fritz Viner / CC White *
• Learn About Events & More!
Win Door Prizes! Invite Your Lake Neighbors! Attending does not require membership in LLAA.
Award of the “Ice Out” Quilt – we thank Monika Wilkins for donating this lovely quilt!
The LLAA Board of Directors thanks all our LLAA Volunteers who helped this past year on a variety of opportunities!
This year there were 12 Neighborhood Shoreline Monitors who conducted two early detection surveys for aquatic invasive species in meanders by boat this season in their section of their neighborhoods on the lake. They viewed aquatic vegetation located in the first 15 feet from shore where plants grow. They sampled in four to six spots noting the plant types and if there were any zebra mussels on the vegetation.
For the 35 or so zebra mussel settlement samplers (ZMSS) distributed for hanging on docks, 28 families have completed the survey this season so far. In addition, 14 other families volunteered space under their docks to help our Association help the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center pilot a system for detecting zebra mussels. Happily, no zebra mussels were found. If you need help to check your ZMSS and/or want a second opinion looking for ZM, email email@example.com.
Did you know we have volunteers that check the Mud Lake culvert in case beaver have tried to plug it up again? Volunteers also clean off the pipes that get clogged with vegetation at the dam.
|Park Rapids lakes area at night using the LightPollutionMap.info link showing the Bortle Class 4 designation|
James Leland Wooters, a devoted husband, family man and astute entrepreneur who touched countless lives with his enduring kindness, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2022, at his home in Urbandale, Iowa. He was 101.
Alongside his late wife, Mary, Jim was co-founder and president of The Fad of the Month Club/National Handcraft Society, a mail order business headquartered in Des Moines they grew into a national success. But it was his devotion to his family and his generosity to others, to whom he gave often and silently, that defined him.
Jim was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Omaha, Neb., to Hope and Leland Wooters. Along with his late brother, Richard “R.C.” Wooters, Jim was raised on Des Moines’ near north side, where he graduated from North High School in 1938.
While in high school, he met the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Hagan, at an annual gathering of residents of Pine Haven Beach, a retreat for both families on the shores of Long Lake near Park Rapids, Minn. They were married in Des Moines on Sept. 13, 1941, and the two would remain side by side for 76 years until her death in 2018.
Jim studied at Drake University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1943 during World War II. He served stateside as a radio navigation instructor until his discharge in February 1946.
Following his military service, he and Mary returned to Des Moines and started National Handcraft Society.
Jim was an ambitious leader with an endless supply of big ideas, often held in check by Mary, his ever-present voice of reason. Together, they formed a formidable business couple, with Jim lending his creativity and drive to create, market and deliver craft kits to households across the United States. He mined his voracious appetite for poetry and literature to pen a note with each Fad of the Month Club kit under the nom de plume “Nancy Lee, Club Secretary.”
Jim was a founding member of the Iowa Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where he lent his considerable expertise to and forged lifelong friendships with other members of the organization, which focused on learning and the exchange of ideas in the business world.
Jim brought joy to everyone he met, with his curious mind, a contagious and immeasurable zest for life and a heart as big to match. He never refused a chance to dance with Mary. Nor could he resist delivering earnest recitations of poetry, including his incomparable retelling of "Casey at the Bat."
Jim also had a passion for worldwide travel and exploration, but his favorite place on Earth — and his most frequented destination — was Long Lake in Northern Minnesota, where he met Mary and spent much of his life fishing, playing golf and tennis with his family and friends.
It was there he developed in the early 1970s a family retreat he named Mirimichi, a getaway built out of love for his children and granddaughters, whom he doted upon. It’s a place that a sixth generation of family members still enjoys, much to his delight.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pat Wooters; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Pete Click; five granddaughters and 13 great-grandchildren. Granddaughters and families are: Mary Puchalski, and sons Jake and Zach; Jennifer Olson, husband Mike, and children Walker, Mia and Owen; Heidi Ness, husband Lance, and children Henry, Greta and Camille; Christy McLaughlin, husband Mark, and children Ellie, Josie and Charlie; and Joey Frost, husband Peter, and children Anna and Oliver. Also close to his heart were his nieces, nephews and longtime friends and confidants.
Private family services will be held in the spring.
Memorials may be directed to: Long Lake Area Association Foundation, P.O. Box 808, Park Rapids, MN, 56470.
Join in the fun! Guess the “Ice Out” date for Long Lake this coming spring!
To participate in the fun, please send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for guesses is March 1.
All those selecting the winning date will be recognized.
A final drawing from ALL participant names by an unbiased observer will select one winner of the prize donated by Monika Wilkins which will be awarded at the LLAA Annual Meeting in 2022.
Check out our historical ice data charts, if you need some help:
This Beautiful “Give Thanks” Quilt is the “Ice Out” Prize to be Awarded at the LLAA Annual Meeting, June 25, 2022, at the Hubbard Community Center in the Morning.
This Lovely Quilt was Donated by Monika Wilkins as the Ice Out Prize!
Thank you, Monika!
Zebra mussels were first discovered in Minnesota 33 years ago in Duluth harbor, but their presence stayed below most people’s radar until much more recently when they began spreading rapidly through the inland lakes. Their presence is now confirmed in some 400 lakes with every year adding several more to the list.
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus is conducting several research projects targeted at controlling their expansion through chemical means and genetic manipulation. To help develop these long-range goals, researchers need more data about zebra mussels than they currently have, including how they spread within individual lakes. They need to know the various speeds and distribution patterns of that spread in different environments.
To that end MAISRC ran a pilot experiment this past summer. The Long Lake Area Association applied to participate in that pilot, and our lake was one of the four chosen. The basic plan was simple enough, but because the results were to be scientifically rigorous, the actual execution of the plan had to adhere to highly specific criteria. The basic plan was to install zebra mussel settlement samplers at several places in a lake and then inspect them at the end of the summer for evidence of zebra mussels. This is the basic plan of an AIS detection activity run through the Eyes on the Water (EW) program sponsored for several years now by the Hubbard County COLA.
The EW program uses whatever settlement samplers are at hand – cinder blocks, PVC tubing and tiered devices. The MAISRC project provided just tiered devices, with alternating distribution of two-tiered and three-tiered ones around the lake. The EW program depends on the individual residents to place their devices into the water sometime early in the summer and remove them sometime in the later summer. The MAISRC program required that all devices be placed in the water on the same date (July 30 this summer) and be removed on the same date (September 8). (Sharon Natzel and Jim Blodgett coordinated efforts to meet this criterion.)
The EW devices were distributed wherever homeowners volunteered. The MAISRC project required one device within each of 14 stretches of shoreline identified by MAISRC all around the lake to achieve even coverage. The EW program encourages the homeowners to check their devices for AIS every few weeks starting in August. The MAISRC protocols insisted that the devices never be touched from the time of their placement until their removal. The EW devices were to be hung from the docks such that they did not touch the lake bottom. The MAISRC devices had to be hung carefully such that the top tier was two feet below the water’s surface.
The EW project had the residents examine the devices themselves to search for any zebra mussels, but they were invited to seek a second opinion from either Sharon or Jim, both of whom are certified AIS detectors. The MAISRC pilot had the two working with Meg Duhr, a research outreach officer from MAISRC. Each device was disassembled so that the individual tiers could be examined. Each side of each plate, a total of 70 surfaces, was examined closely – sunlight, flashlight, and magnifying glasses – and carefully photographed. The plates were then securely packed up and taken down to MAISRC by Meg.
The good news is that neither the EW program with 28 volunteers reporting 2021 results nor the MAISRC one with 14 volunteers discovered any zebra mussels on any of the sampler devices. It is good that all these people volunteered to help evaluate the presence of zebra mussels. Still, three adult zebra mussels were found by the south access in the summer of 2020, so we cannot conclude Long Lake is free of them. Each female zebra mussel can produce upwards of 1,000,000 eggs a year and Long Lake is large enough and complicated enough to conceal a burgeoning population of zebra mussels. Also, the MAISRC devices were not in the water until the end of July, making for a short sample time.
There is a strong possibility that MAISRC will invite LLAA to participate in next summer’s revised version of this summer’s pilot, so if they are out there – as they almost certainly are -- we will have an improved chance of detecting them.
(An over-extrapolation of my beach sample.)
Jim Alseth, Long Lake - Park Rapids, MN
- 2 large (>4”) 5,766
- 7 medium (2”-4”) 20,183
- 18 small (<2”) 51,900
- TOTAL 77,849