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ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS QUARTERLY MEETING


February 20, 2013
Itasca County Courthouse Boardroom


Attendance:
Stephanie Kessler, ICOLA Vice-president/Johnson Lake Association
Jan Sandberg, ICOLA Secretary/Greater Pokegama Lake Association
Tom Nelson, Deer Lake
Catherine McLynn, Ice Lake
Marn Flicker, Jessie Lake
Sue Swanson, Johnson Lake
Helen and Bob Ahlbrecht, King Lake
Shirley Faust, Shallow Lake
Bill Grantges, Siseebakwet Lake
Kevin Doucette, Snaptail Lake
Russ and Char Wedl, Splithand Lake
Tom and Barb Ryan, Suomi Area Lakes Association
Helen and Jack Adamson, Upper Prairie River Lake Association
Dave Lick, Wabana Lake and Itasca Water Legacy Partnership
Terry Snyder, Itasca County Commissioner
Don Simons, Soil and Water Conservation District Board
Janet Neurauter, Itasca Community College Foundation


CALL TO ORDER: Vice president Stephanie Kessler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the Courthouse. Representatives from 13 Itasca County lakes and associations were in attendance.


1. INTRODUCTIONS: Stephanie led a round of introductions.


2. ADDITIONS TO AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
A draft agenda was distributed about a week in advance. A revised printed agenda was available at the meeting. There were no additional changes.
Motion to approve the additions to the agenda. Russ Wedl, Bill Granteges M/S/U


3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:.
Motion to approve the minutes of October 17, 2012 as submitted. Jack Adamson , RussWedl M/S/U


4. TREASURER’S REPORT: Stephanie reviewed Michelle Brauner’s report.
ICOLA had an opening balance of $4,696.04. No checks were written since the last meeting. Memberships were received from six lake associations for a total of $142.00. The ending balance as of today is $4,838.04.
Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report. Sue Swanson, Barb Ryan M/S/U


5. Old Business


I. Comprehensive Land Use Plan Status
Tom Nelson reported that work on the comprehensive plan is just finishing up. The target date for public presentation is probably March 26. There will be an email to the membership advising of some of the controversial components in the plan. There were some unexpected changes at the very end of the process in the area of nonmotorized sports.
There was a suggestion that we send invitations for ICOLA meetings to the County commissioners although there is a limit on how many commissioners may attend without violating open meeting laws.


II. DNR AIS DVDs available to assn’s
At the October meeting, Tom Nelson played the 11-minute version of the AIS video which comes in three versions (1, 11 and 25 minutes) on one disk. We ordered several copies for lake associations and these were circulated to the meeting attendees. Note that the information is available online at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index_aquatic.html

6. New Business


I. Scholarship Opportunities for Lake Associations (15 min) – Janet Neurauter, ICC
The Itasca Community College Foundation gets dollars for scholarships from many sources, and funding has increased this year. Currently they offer 183 scholarships of around $1,000 each. It is a struggle for students to pay for college and scholarships help them take a full credit load so that they can get through school in a timely manner. Students appreciate both the dollars and that the community cares about their education. Scholarships require application and the application must be done well, including an essay that is scored. Applications are available now and awards will be made in April for the 2013 fall semester. There is a maximum amount given to any one student.
The basic scholarship is $500, divided equally between the two semesters, and funds go directly into the student’s account in the business office. If there are requirements, such as maintaining a certain GPA, that standard must be met or the second half will not be paid. The donor cannot choose the recipient. Each scholarship has a title, amount and criteria—scholarships may be designated for a specific program, but avoid too many criteria that narrow the focus too much. Students must write a thank you letter to the scholarship donor.
Discussion about level of interest and how to define criteria. Jan suggested waiting until April for more discussion to allow time review GPLA’s project that includes a specific request for funds for scholarships. Dave suggested that ICOLA email lake associations that ICOLA is spearheading this effort and asking for their interest in supporting such a project. Janet might have some materials to help develop the email. Anything done now would not make the deadline for this school year so there is less urgency to do something immediately. A volunteer will be needed to spearhead this project once responses to the email are received.


II. AIS Table Tents / Posters
a. Authorize funding expenditure
The subcommittee of Steph Kessler, Bill Grantges, Tom Ryan, Russ Wedl, and Michelle Brauner developed a master for the AIS table tent materials and posters. They also have a dispersal/distribution plan. IWLP is willing to contribute $750 to the project. Steph distributed several dispersal tracking sheets to start collecting the names of those who might help distribute materials to local businesses. They hope to distribute tents by the end of April.
Motion to contribute up to $1,000 for production for the table tent project. Marn Flicker, Sue Swanson. M/S/U
b. Sign Up for Dispersal
Copies of the three tracking sheets are included with these minutes.
The committee is asking about relationships with decision makers who can make sure materials are placed. The committee also drafted a simple script with a core message that Steph can share as needed.
Terry Snyder suggested having some of the materials available for the sheriff’s spring water safety program in the K-5 classrooms. Terry offered to help coordinate this. He will ask sheriff about budget needs.
Question about what DNR has to distribute to avoid overlap. Many other information options were discussed—e.g. placemats, bookmarks—possibly for the future.
Suggested that there be a presentation to the Chamber’s monthly meeting. Talk to Bud Stone about getting on the agenda as the speaker. There will also be a letter to the editor, possiblyan article in the Herald Review.
Russ said that he will need about 1,000 for the Fair but his lake association will print them.


III. Fair Booth Update – Russ Wedl
The booth site will move from the Ag Building to nearer the entrance. Several lake associations will post banners, have a boat present, laminated posters, examples of “real” invasive species at the booth. One focus is on a boater’s own drain plug. Russ has 500 boat plugs that will be painted bright orange for distribution at the Fair and public accesses. When it gets closer to Fair time, they will ask for volunteers. Ideas for kids were discussed.


IV. IWLP Youth Summit in May
Dave Lick reported on the May 23 event at the Fairgrounds. Last year’s event was a success. It will be refined this year and add Deer River students. IWLP will need a few more volunteers and presenters. Presentation projects

include rain gardens, the water plant, AIS, microscopic animals, and similar. The county has helped with funding and MN Power is also interested so the event may become sustainable. Parents may participate but they will have to pay their way. Question about if and how to include home schoolers.
Dave also described a new project to involve a citizen group to work with Itasca’s many lakes. He is speaking at American Legion posts asking for help educating boaters at all water accesses in the county. DNR would provide training. Veterans engender a level of respect and understand timetables and rules, more than the average person. The project would get lots of PR. Dave intends to ask the DNR or school district to help with the coordination. We could start small (50) with the veterans and then invite lakeshore owners to participate. The project would help slow traffic down so that boaters are not jumping across multiple lakes. Reaction was very positive. Suggestion that training include lake association volunteers now.
Dave also mentioned development of a weed management area through IWLP.


V. MN COLA
a. Meeting in May – Itasca COLA is host
Tom Nelson and Bill Grantges are the reps from ICOLA to MNCOLA, the state group. MNCOLA will meet May 29 or 30 for a one day meeting. We should provide a few presentations. Timing is yet uncertain. Tom is researching venues.
b. Survey of AIS funding by local lake associations
Tom said that MNCOLA is working with MSRPO on determining the level of local funding for AIS. Tom is collecting names of AIS contacts at each lake association.


VI. MSRPO support
Tom reported that MSRPO has changed their name to Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates to reflect a change in focus beyond lobbying.
Motion that ICOLA join MSRPO at the $150 level. Tom Nelson, Bill Grantges. M/S/U
MSRPO offers a web hosting option and this may be something to explore for the future, given the uncertainty with MN Waters. Tom will follow through on the donation.


VII. ICOLA Officer Opportunities
President and Vice-President are up this year and both will be vacant. No one expressed interest in serving on a nominating committee so Steph will bring this up at the next meeting.


7. MEMBER ASSOCIATION REPORTS/ICOLA UPDATES
Due to the number of other topics there was little time for discussion at the meeting. Members were asked to provide additional detail for the minutes.


I. Lake Association updates
Tom noted that metro associations are spending lots of money on their infested lakes. This goal is to slow the spread, not eradicate (which is likely not possible at this time).
Dave thought that this should be discussed by the county and possibly Minnesota Power. As part of a discussion about enforcement, Terry mentioned that the sheriff and DNR have very different responsibilities. It may be possible to do more to educate sheriff deputies with an available grant.
Those reporting tonight were asked to provide detail about local contributions, dollars or time, for AIS issues.
Deer Lake Association
Little is happening now. The Deer-Pokegama Lake study is wrapping up. There are still some seepage meters in the lake to measure ground water movement. They had a scuba diver pull curly leaf pond weed a few months ago.
Greater Pokegama Lake Association
GPLA is offering a scholarship of $750 for an ICC student related to work in the ICC water lab. We reviewed the Hockey Day in Minnesota event and were assured that all debris was removed from the lake ice. GPLA will again work with MN Power and the DNR to apply curly leaf pondweed herbicide in the hot pond. Randy

reported on the work of the Mississippi River flood mitigation task force, which is working with the Mississippi Headwaters Board to review river management and impact on lakes such as Pokegama. We are researching the possibility of installing a new lake water gauge to the Highway 169 bridge. The Board is also exploring options for storing archival materials (old minutes, newsletters, project materials and similar. If anyone has worked on this issue recently, we would appreciate feedback. There is concern about the possibility that house boaters are dumping sewage into Pokegama given the lack of a dumping station on the lake. We have set up a subcommittee to explore this further, including the possible installation of a pumping station on the lake. We will likely host a Nesbitt Island cleanup this year, probably Memorial Day weekend. The board decided that the annual dinner meeting will be held at Pokegama Golf Course club house on June 10 at 5:30 PM (food served at 5:45), and Bob Conzemius will be the speaker. The morning annual membership meeting will be held July 20th at 9:00 AM at Zorbaz and Rich Rezanka, MN DNR, will speak on invasive species. Rich Libbey took YouTube video of causeway runoff during the storm last summer and is working with the relevant organizations to develop a plan to mitigate sediment transport in the runoff. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PqBHaIeWzA
Up North Woodland Workshop will be held March 9 at Itasca Community College. There are 20 presenters scheduled for the workshop, which is being sponsored by the DNR and U of M Extension.


Ice Lake
They have been pulling curly leaf pond weed.
Jessie Lake Watershed Association
They invited Little Jessie into the association which may require a name change if this proceeds. The Tillys Creek project will get more attention this year. They have about $4,000 to do some more shoreline restoration this year. There were no local dollars spent on AIS


Johnson Lake
There is a variance issue being discussed. Estimate $50 on AIS funding in 2011 and 10 volunteer hours.

King Lake
They are new and need information about membership. Access to the lake is limited to walk-in except for a resort. They spent $150 for an AIS-related sign.

Shallow and Sand Lakes Association
They are in the process of researching a boat ramp on the lake—lake owners appear split. Spent no $s on AIS. She will have Bob Buske get Tom the number of AIS work hours.

Siseebakwet Lake Association
They are looking at water quality testing on nearby lakes. Bill also reported on fishing opener, lake service provider training and polar plunge. No AIS dollars but there are volunteer hours.

Snaptail Lake
Contact Kathy Allen for AIS funding.

Splithand Lake
They spent $2,100 on materials, 110 hours on AIS.

Suomi Area Lakes Association
They just held their annual fishing contest. Nothing spent on AIS.

Turtle Lake Association
Lots on AIS through Dale Hill

Upper Prairie River Lakes

Nothing spent on AIS.

Wabana
Nothing spent on AIS.

 

II. COUNTY ISSUES

Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District

No report.

Itasca County commissioners
It was suggested that members contact his or her commissioner to discuss Comp Plan issues.

8. ADJOURN

9:05 pm

Future meetings:

April 17, 2013, 7pm, County Courthouse June 19, 2013, 7 pm, County Courthouse July 17, 2013 Annual Meeting, location TBD October 16, 2013, 7pm, County Courthouse

 

Respectfully submitted, Jan Sandberg, Secretary

 

APPENDICES: Files to track table tent and poster distribution.
AIS Table Tents Dispersal Tracking Sheet
Contacts for AIS Table Tent Dispersal
Tracking Individual Locations

 

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ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS QUARTERLY MEETING

October 17, 2012

Itasca County Courthouse Boardroom

Attendance:

Jan Sandberg

ICOLA Secretary/ Greater Pokegama Lake Association

Michelle Brauner

ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake Association

Stephanie Kessler

ICOLA Vice-president/Johnson Lake Association

Tom Nelson

Deer Lake Association

Harold Goetzman

Jessie Lake Watershed

Sue Swanson

Johnson Lake Association

Dick Sandberg

Greater Pokegama Lake Association

Kathy Schumacher

Sand/Shallow Lakes Association

Bill Grantges

Siseebakwet Lake Association

Tom and Barb Ryan

Suomi Area Lakes Association

Helen and Jack Adamson

Upper Prairie River Lake Association

Catherine McLynn

Itasca County Commissioner

Don Simons

Soil and Water Conservation District Board

 

CALL TO ORDER: Vice president Stephanie Kessler called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm at the courthouse. Representatives from nine lake associations were in attendance.

 

1. INTRODUCTIONS: Stephanie led a round of introductions.

 

2. ADDITIONS TO AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

A number of additional items were proposed:  Stephanie proposed adding: 2012 Accomplishment report, 2013 Goals: AIS education, youth summit, zoning; 2013 meeting dates; IWLP Economic study; Sensitive shore land project update.  Bill Grantges proposed adding the topic “Table tents and more.”

      Motion to approve the additions to the agenda.  Sue Swanson, Jack Adamson M/S/U

 

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the annual meeting on July 18, 2012 were unanimously approved as written.

Motion to approve the minutes as submitted. Jack Adamson, Harold Goetzman M/S/U

 

4. TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle Brauner’s report is incorporated herein by reference.

ICOLA had an opening balance of $4,324.04.  Three checks for a total of $398 were written: #1379 for $50 for the annual meeting ad; #1380 for $18 for reimbursement of mailing expenses for the association dues; and #1381 for $330 for the lakeshore awards. There were total deposits of $771.  The ending balance as of today is $4,696.04.  Michelle mailed 24 invoices and to date has heard from 17 associations.  She will send out a second notice this week.

In response to a question, Michelle noted that ICOLA lost 5 lake associations in 2011.  She has attempted to contact all of them although several have not responded. She has encouraged sub-groups of a lake to affiliate—this would be less expensive as dues are a function of individual association membership numbers. Those associations that dropped are still getting information from ICOLA. The consensus of the group is that this practice should continue.

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report: Barb Ryan Jack Adamson M/S/U 

 

5. MEMBER ASSOCIATION REPORTS/ICOLA UPDATES

Deer Lake Association

Tom Nelson: They had considerable blow down damage necessitating three chipper days.  Currently the lake level is low.  They used a diver to pull curly leaf pond weed.  The association supports a wide array of social events such as book clubs and barbeques.  The lake diagnostic study is nearing completion.  Seepage meters were pulled recently; the spring study will continue through winter.  Tom has 38 seepage meters near to his place and all continue to flow despite low water. Some of their lake people are taking the Living Word Bible Camp issue to the state Supreme Court.

     

Greater Pokegama Lake Association

Jan Sandberg: Pokegama suffered considerable flooding last summer due to its link to the Mississippi River and the decision to hold water back at the dam. There is a task force being put together to meet with the Corps and discuss what happened this summer and how to minimize damage in the future  The seasonal RV project adjacent to Zorbaz is up and running with two tall walls in place to dampen sound to neighbors.  The narrow roadway to the lake did not seem to produce more runoff than was seen elsewhere this summer. The Harbor closed and offered to transfer the small island to the lake association but the offer was declined as it did not fit with the lake association mission.

 

Jessie Lake Watershed Association

Harold Goetzman: They held their annual on Labor Day weekend with about 27 in attendance.  They had a number of persons leave the board but have been able to fill those positions. They have discussed taking in Little Jessie (the association would need to covert to an area lake association). The erosion control/ restoration /culvert project survived the rains and they hope to get additional funds for another project.  Firewise collected brush yesterday.  Good news is that several properties on the lake have been sold. 

 

Johnson Lake

Stephanie Kessler: The annual meeting went well.  They have had a variance issue with a cabin that was to be torn down is still in process.  Environmental Services is following through on this issue.  Mary Blickenderfer attended the meeting and brought new lake challenge signs specific to the lake association.  There are seven challenge sites on the lake so far.

     

Shallow and Sand Lakes Association

Kathy Schumacher: At the annual meeting in August, they elected several new board members.  The big issue for the association is the desire of some to put a dock that would provide access for handicapped persons at the existing public access.  The access is fair sized and includes parking.  The association president sought answers and thought it would be permitted. However, a few folks are upset with a dock addition, primarily due to concerns about more traffic and boats that might impact AIS and noise. DNR has indicated that the dock is not likely to add significant activity at the landing.  There is some concern that this could divide the lake association although it has been on their radar for a few years. DNR has replaced the concrete bars into the lake and deep concrete pads in the lake.  A committee will contact all lake owners for a May meeting to discuss the dock issue followed by an actual vote of all lake members. DNR is requiring this show of support before they will add the dock.  There was some discussion from ICOLA members about adjoining property owners, similar issues at other lakes, trash receptacles and port-a-potties.

 

Siseebakwet Lake Association

Bill Grantges: They held their annual meeting and elected officers for a full board of 15.  As an aside, Bill was going to do a cooking demo for the meeting with crayfish that he collected for four days. But he was robbed! For the coming year, the focus is on lake management and he would also like to produce better education materials for new members.  Invasive species is another focus—they are working with Sugar Lake Lodge to include various materials in packets and prepare table tents.  The biggest lake issue is the dam/weir damaged by the July rains—it is washed out around the sides. Hopefully, with the property owner now on the association board, they can get it fixed.

 

Suomi Area Lakes Association

Barb & Tom Ryan: They held their annual meeting with a Firewise speaker.  Many downed trees have been cleaned up and removed, in part with the help of chipper days.  Tom circulated a graphic of a large 2x3 sign that addresses the limit on sunfish for upcoming installation. 

     

Turtle Lake Association

Michelle Brauner: Nothing major for them although they are working with two townships to put in two 12,000 gallon underground water tanks a mile or so from the lake for use by the Bigfork fire department.  One location is in Stokes Township (lake association will pay $1,000, the township will pay the balance); the other site is to the south end and they have met with Marcell township (again, the lake association will pay $1,000 and the township will pay the balance).  This site has private owner issues and requires extra review. Note that the tanks will also aid non-lake property owners.  The fire department fills them after installation. The association does not meet over the winter unless there is a variance request or similar.

 

Upper Prairie River Lake

Jack Adamson: Several property owners took the lake challenge and there will soon be a follow up.  They are currently making plans for a spring meeting for their 30 members.

II. COUNTY ISSUES

Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District

Don Simons: SWCD is pleased with the ICC lab progress.   They are concerned about the relatively few test requests for water testing at the county fair and they are not sure how to increase participation.

 

Itasca County commissioners

The Wabana fish ladder is on hold but the bridge has been completed.  Catherine visited the Hartley Lake fish ladder with riffles of rock for the fish to “climb” up to the dam.  The county is working on the budget and will fully fund the SWCD request. The Living Word Bible Camp is in process and entire EAW must be redone.  There is a hearing on Monday to clarify judge’s order. 

 

6. OLD BUSINESS

I.      Video: AIS by DNR. 

Tom played the 11-minute version of the video which comes in two versions (11 and 25 minutes) on one disk.  Michelle will request copies for lake associations.  Or, anyone can request a copy by emailing the DNR at info.dnr@state.mn.us or by telephoning the agency at 1-888-646-6347 or 651-296-6157.  Bill noted that all of the training materials are available online.  See http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index_aquatic.html  

 

7. NEW BUSINESS

I.   Comprehensive Land Use Plan Status

Stephanie reported that the natural resources goal is pretty solid and AIS was added.  She referred members to the County website for the draft documents.  See http://www.co.itasca.mn.us/Home/Departments/Environmental%20Services/Pages/2012%20Comprehensive%20Plan%20Update.aspx .  The recreation goal is more controversial due to the suggestion of keeping the existing language for a 15% goal for non-motorized trails. It is likely that two versions will go to the county board.  The next meeting is November 14 at 6 pm at the Courthouse with November 1 as the deadline for comments. It is important that those interested attend this meeting and the following meeting.  Tom described his proposal to add a new section on silent sports which does not reference the 15%.  One other contentious issue under the housing goal is regulation of vacation home rentals.  Tom referenced a statewide task force a few years ago with sample language on this topic.

 

II.   Boat Landing Discussion

Jan Sandberg distributed a handout with some summary text and online references to recent discussions in the Twin Cities west metro area about regulating access for boats to lakes.  See attached.

 

III.   Shoreland Stewardship Award Winners

Tom displayed pictures of the award winners.  See the press release attached to these minutes.

·       Tillys Creek bank stabilization project – Jessie Lake Watershed Association:  used brush bundles to protect the bare bank from rushing water.

·       Ron and Sandy Evensen, Siseebakwet Lake: installed and maintained an extensive wildflower planting.

·       Ted and Swanny Voneida, Bluewater Lake: obtained a grant and installed native riparian buffer plantings. 

For more information about the program, see http://www.itascaswcd.org/shoreland.htm

 

IV. County Fair Booth

Thoughts are to develop new display items and use lake association pictures. Table this topic for the February meeting.

 

V.   2012 Accomplishment Report

Catherine prepared the 2011 report last year.  Stephanie briefly reviewed the 2012 goals – they appear to have been met. A brief report could be drafted and discussed at the February meeting.

 

VI. 2013 Goals

Stephanie suggested goals for 2013 similar to those for 2012: --AIS education including collaboration with IWLP, youth summit, and zoning changes based on revised comprehensive plan.  There is potentially some funding through a DNR public awareness project that has a deadline in mid February and might provide some dollars.

 

 

 

VII. 2013 Meeting Dates

Stephanie noted that the dates for 2013 are: February 20, April 17, June 19, July 17 (annual meeting), and October 16.

 

VIII. IWLP Economic Study

Jan reported that there will be a report concerning the economic study at the IWLP meeting next week.  She will forward a summary to the officers.

 

XIX. Sensitive Project Shoreland Update

Tom Nelson reported that three lakes in the county are being studied for differential zoning –Bass, Turtle and Sand.  Things are moving along with crew work nearly finished.  What promises to be a lengthy report has yet to be written. Tom believes the project will be a big success.

 

X.   Table Tents and More—AIS Education Options

Stephanie noted that about $4,000 has accumulated in the ICOLA fund.  How could this be used for AIS education?  Bill reported that his treasurer saw a table tent from a Douglas County lake coalition on tables in Alexandria restaurants.  He has obtained the artwork.  He emphasized that this issue needs to be kept in front of people--it is difficult to find volunteers for tasks such as boat inspections. Moreover, there are major loopholes with AIS species.  For example, employees at rental locations don’t have to be certified.   To apply the concept to Itasca County, he was thinking of going to area businesses including Sugar Lake Lodge and Zorbaz.  He has obtained widely different price quotes for the tent piece.  Stephanie made a list of everyone who would be interested in working on this project.  Jan will contact IWLP about putting Bill on an agenda.

There was consensus to put ICOLA money into this project, perhaps $1,000, but no formal action was taken to approve funding for this at this point. The committee will move forward and hope to present findings, with a formal request for action, in February.

 

8.  ADJOURN

 

NEXT MEETING: Wed, Feb 20. 2013 @ 7pm County Courthouse

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jan Sandberg, Secretary

 


 

 

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                                  ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL MEETING

                                                                   July 18, 2012

                                                               Marcell Town Hall

                              

Jack Milinovich                                 ICOLA President/Swan Lake

Stephanie Kessler                              ICOLA Vice President/Johnson Lake

Catherine McLynn                            ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2/Candidate

Michelle Brauner                               ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Jim Brauner                                       Turtle Lake

Dale Hill                                        Turtle Lake/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership           

John & Joan McCallum                            Turtle Lake           

Jack Hillstrom                                        Turtle Lake

Bill Nicholson                                        Turtle Lake

Dave Lick                                        Wabana Chain of Lakes/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Bob & Sue Swanson                            Johnson Lake

Dick and Jan Sandberg                            Greater Pokegama Lake

Rick Bodin                                        Sand/Shallow Lakes

Patrick Doherty                                        Siseebakwet Lake           

Tom and Barb Ryan                            Suomi Area Lakes

Tom Nelson                                        Deer Lake

Russ & Char Wedl                            Splithand Lake

Bryan Wagner                                        Splithand Lake           

Harold & Diane Goetzman               Jessie Lake Watershed

Marn & Marie Flicker                            Jessie Lake Watershed

Bob & Jackie Nase                            Three Island Lake

Grant & Shirley McDougall              Three Island Lake

Richard Fursa                                        Three Island Lake           

Thomas Boland                                     Bigfork River Board Advisory Committee

Jim Gustafson                                        Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)                                               

Don Simons                                        Soil and Water Conservation District Board member

Senator David Tomassoni                  DFL candidate for SD 6

Senator Tom Saxhaug                        DFL candidate for SD 5

Senator John Carlson                         DFL candidate for SD 5

Representative Carly Melin               DFL candidate for 6A

Representative Carolyn McElfatrick IR candidate for 5B/Johnson Lake

Representative Tom Anzelc              IR candidate for 5B

Terry Snyder                                        Candidate Commissioner District 2

Peter Lotti                                     Candidate Commissioner District 4           

           

CALL TO ORDER and INTRODUCTIONS: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm at the Marcell Town Hall. A quorum was present with thirteen member lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Revised to allow a few minutes for each candidate for public office to introduce themselves and pass out literature before continuing with regular business. See above list of candidates who made presentations.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of June 20, 2012 were corrected. The Jessie Lake restoration project was funded by Itasca County SWCD. Delete “USFS RAC $.” Revised minutes were approved. Jan Sandberg/Harold Goetzman MCU

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle Brauner reported the current balance to be $4,323.04. Invoices for 2012 may be picked up by members or they will be mailed. The treasurer’s report was accepted. Jan Sandberg/Sue Swanson MCU

 

MEMBER ASSOCIATION REPORTS

 

Swan Lake: Jack Milinovich said they survived the July 2 wind storm. A new board is getting organized.

 

Johnson Lake: Annual meeting is a potluck on Aug. 11. Boat parade had 15 boats. Three shoreland restoration projects were completed. A landowner who was granted a variance last year for a building has until Dec. 2012 to remove a blue building in the shore impact zone.

 

Suomi Area Lakes held their picnic at Sandy Beach and will hold their annual meeting at Marcell Family Center Sept. 1. A beaver dam has been pulled and lake levels are being monitored.

Turtle Lake held their annual meeting at Arcadia Resort with lunch catered by Steve Jones. They had a small turnout for their 4th of July boat parade on Sat. June 30. They are involved with Firewise Chipper Days to remove brush and downed trees that are fire hazards near their homes and to keep their roads open for emergency vehicles to access.

 

Splithand Lake was up 3.5 feet due to the outlet being plugged by a floating cattail marsh. They had to remove it to relieve the flooding of homes after the heavy rains in June. They surveyed vehicles with boats in the Wal-Mart parking lot and NONE had removed the plugs in accordance with the regulations.

 

Jessie Lake lost a valuable member, when Tim Onraet of Jessie View Resort passed away. They did a big restoration project AND installed a huge culvert at Tilly’s Creek. Share the Lake Day is August 7 with residents of Bigfork Valley.

 

Three Island Lake had their annual BBQ July 7. They are asking the county to NOT apply corrosive dust control chemicals to Co Rd. 45 but, instead, to consider natural alternatives such as pine resin or soybean oil.

 

Bigfork River: Tom Boland reported that the river is being used by many canoe groups.

 

Pokegama Lake was up 3 ft with dam being controlled by US Army Corps of Engineers. The fireworks were postponed due to high water on the island and many landowners have serious shoreland erosion. They meet this Sat. July 23 at the GR Golf Course. 

 

Deer Lake saga of the Bible Camp continues into its 12th year in court. The diagnostic study is going on with lots of volunteers helping. The Deer Lake Frolic is Tuesday, August 14 at Camp Hiawatha.

 

Siseebakwet held their regatta July 7 with fireworks.  The dedication of “Forever Wild” Scientific Natural Are will be Sat. Aug. 4.

 

Wabana Lake secchi disk readings have improved by 3.5 feet since they began their septic system compliance program of checks and upgrades 10 years ago.

 

Catherine McLynn reported:

Itasca County secured $40,000 from the DNR Firewise program to remove downed trees and branches from the windstorm.

Living Word Bible Camp has challenged the decisions made by the county assessor and two tax courts and have taken their case to the state Supreme Court to avoid paying taxes. And to avoid having to do an environmental impact study as directed by the county board, they appealed to District Court. The appeal of that decision will be heard at the Court of Appeals on July 25. A ruling is expected within 90 days thereafter.

The America Byways Resource Center in Duluth is closing due to federal budget cuts. National Scenic Byway Hwy 38 will continue to be marketed and promoted by local businesses in cooperation with Hwy 38 Leadership Board. The final section will, hopefully, be scheduled for safety upgrades in 2017 MNDOT plan.

 

Tom Nelson reported that the county Comprehensive Land Use Plan will be updated this year. Meetings for the public to provide input will begin Tues. Aug. 21 from 7-9. Meetings will continue every other Tues. as needed. Final approval of the CLUP will be made by the county board after public comment is completed.

 

Mary Blickenderfer will present “Lake Challenge” at the Public Library on Thursday, July 19 at 7 pm.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

The question was asked if the members wanted to share newsletters with other members. Motion was made to continue sharing newsletters to all on ICOLA mailing list and posting on the ICOLA/MN Waters website. Harold Goetzman/Tom Nelson MCU

 

Elections: Motion was made to elect Michelle Brauner for another two year term. Sue Swanson/Russ Wedl MCU

Motion was made to elect Jan Sandberg to serve a two year term as secretary. MCU

 

Shoreland Awards: Andy Arens, Jack Milinovich and Tom Nelson will view sites on July 19. $500 has been approved for awards. Announcement of the awards will be at a September County Board meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS

           

Eric Ahlstrom presented an update on the Itasca Community College Water Quality Laboratory. Pricing for water testing has been revised and an order form was distributed. Lake testing can now be done locally under the supervision of a new chemist, Randy Hedin. The lab will be certified to do well water testing next year. He noted that anyone who has had flooding in their area should have their well water tested for bacterial contamination. Contact the county Environmental Services office to pick up a sample kit with instructions. He, also, commended Three Island Lake Assn for their concern about road salt and the impact on the lake. He explained how high concentrations of salt can affect stratification and turn-over of the lake.

 

Dale Hill reported on the project to control Purple Loosestrife which has been transitioned from Turtle Lake Assn to Itasca Water Legacy Partnership. Partners include US Forest Service and Itasca County. Four interns using two vehicles and boats survey and treat over 100 lakes with beetles or selective spraying.  This is a tremendous success thanks to volunteers working with public agencies.

 

Aquatic Invasive Species: State conservation officers and volunteers are checking public accesses at Sugar, Winnie and Pokegama. The DNR video on CD was not shown due to technical difficulties so may be shown at a future meeting. Copies are available.

           

Jim Gustafson requested that landowners report flood and wind damage from recent storms for potential funding assistance from MN Board of Soil and Water Resources if the special legislative session provides funds for disaster relief. Jim is also working with other agencies to determine what might be available to assist landowners with clean up, salvage, reforestation. Send reports to jim.gustafson@itascaswcd.org.

 

Harold Goetzman announced that the USFS Resource Advisory Committee will be reconvening to distribute limited funds for projects that benefit the Chippewa National Forest. (Project applications will be considered in August and September. Ed. note)

 

Volunteers are needed to sign up for ICOLA/SWCD booth at the county fair Aug.15 – 19. Contact Catherine McLynn.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Catherine McLynn, Secretary

  

 

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                                  ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                       

                                                                    June 20, 2012

                                                               Itasca County Courthouse

                             

Jack Milinovich                            ICOLA President/Swan Lake

Catherine McLynn                       ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2

Michelle Brauner                          ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Jim Brauner                                   Turtle Lake

Dave Lick                                    Wabana Chain of Lakes/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Sue Swanson                                      Johnson Lake

Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick                       Johnson Lake

Andrew Barnes                             Johnson Lake

Pat Davis                                   Pokegama Lake                       

Dick and Jan Sandberg                       Pokegama Lake

Rick Bodin                                   Sand/Shallow Lakes

Bill and Lynda Grantges               Siseebakwet Lake

Pat Doherty                                   Siseebakwet Lake           

Tom and Barb Ryan                        Suomi Area Lakes

Tom Nelson                                    Deer Lake

Jan Stejskal                                       Big Whitefish/Max

Ted and Swanny Voneida              Bluewater (Wabana Chain of Lakes)

Jeff Pierce                                     Squaw Lake

Judi Hart                                     Squaw Lake

Don Simons                                     Soil and Water Conservation District                                                           

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the courthouse. A quorum was present with ten member lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of February 15, 2012 were approved as written. S. Swanson/J. Brauner MCU

(Note: The April meeting was cancelled.)

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle Brauner’s report is incorporated herein by reference. Current balance is $4,508.24 with membership donations from 24 out of 29 lake associations. The treasurer’s report was accepted.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Itasca Water Legacy Partnership’s Youth Water Summit: Dave Lick reported on a very successful day at the Itasca County Fairgrounds near Crystal Lake with 300 5th graders from Grand Rapids and Bigfork. Donations for the cost amounted to about $5,000 plus almost 100 volunteers. Vocabulary sheets were provided prior to the event and speakers went to each classroom the day before to prepare the students for a full day of learning about water, lakes, weather and art.

 

IWLP also held a Mini-summit on June 7 on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Russ Wedl from Splithand Lake Assn, Rich Rezanka, Dale Hill and Tony Arhart were featured presenters. Another one will be held in July with Mary Blickenderfer’s Lake Challenge. And another one in the fall will focus on pharmaceuticals that may get into our lakes and drinking water.

 

DNR Shoreland Rules were not approved this past legislative session.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Elections next month: The terms of secretary and treasurer are up. Michelle is willing to serve another term as treasurer. The position of secretary is open. A willing volunteer is needed to do one hour a month preparing the minutes from notes at the meeting. Other responsibilities as a member of the executive board include helping to plan the meetings.

 

Nominations for Shoreland Stewardship awards are due by July 1. Awards are presented at the County Board meeting in September. A motion was made to authorize an expenditure of $500 as was done last year for the awards. Nelson/Lick MCU

 

Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update will begin Tuesday, August 21 from 7-9 pm. An excellent resource/consultant who helped Cass and Crow Wing counties is John Sumption, former Environmental Services Director for Cass County. He is highly recommended to facilitate our update process. Don Dewey and Nadine Hopkins are preparing for the meetings.

 

Envirothon was sponsored by SWCD in cooperation with partners including ICOLA. Motion was made to approve the request for $100 to be reimbursed to Barb Ryan who made the donation on behalf of ICOLA. S.Swanson/Bill Grantges MCU

 

Bill Grantges distributed the guidelines his association is developing with regard to responding to notification of pending applications for variances on Siseebakwet Lake. The executive committee may be given the authority to review the application, visit the site and respond on behalf of the lake association. The guidelines are available by email and other lake associations may consider using a simplified version. Contact bill@grantges.net.

 

Farmers’ Market promoters would like to collaborate with ICOLA to promote home grown products. They are open on Wed and Sat mornings and Mon evenings. They are also interested in working together to promote rain gardens and buffers. Check out their website.   www.grfarmersmarket.org

 

Annual meeting is July 18 at Marcell Town Hall. Potluck begins at 5:30 pm. Meeting and program begin at 6:00 pm.

We will show a short DVD on AIS from the DNR that can be widely shared. Also all elected officials and candidates (city, county, state, Soil and Water Conservation District) are invited to attend and introduce themselves as part of the regular meeting agenda. “Meet and greet” opportunities to individually discuss issues will follow the meeting.

 

MEMBER REPORTS

 

Swan Lake: Jack Milinovich reported they are reorganizing.

 

Turtle Lake: Their newsletter is sent out by mail announcing the annual meeting, Sat. June 23 at Arcadia Resort. They have a constant battle maintaining the lake level in cooperation/competition with the local beaver colonies. Their flotilla will be Sat. June 30. Firewise Chipper Days are in June and August.

 

Suomi Area Lakes: They have a Firewise Community picnic Sat. June 23 at the Suomi Lutheran Church and their annual picnic at Sandy Beach on Sat. July 7. Their annual meeting is at the Marcell Family Center on Sat. Sept. 1.

 

Johnson Lake: Annual meeting/potluck is Sat. Aug. 11. No loon chicks maybe due to flooding of nests and the April snowstorm.

 

Bluewater: Ted and Swanny Voneida successfully secured a grant of $5,000 for each of three landowners to do lakeshore restoration projects. They encourage visitors to see their project at 37892 Ladyslipper Lane in Wabana Township.

Zimmermans and Friedliebs are, also, doing projects on Wabana Lake. Tory Christiansen (651-385-9105) Wetland Habitat Restoration did the work, does speaking engagements, and may assist with grant writing.

 

Pokegama: Annual meeting is Sat. July 21 at 9 am at the GR City Golf Course. The water is 2 – 3 feet higher than usual.

There has been treatment of the curly leaf pondweed.

 

Wabana Chain of Lakes: Meeting is Sat. June 23. Their annual picnic is Sat. July 21.

 

Shallow/Sand Lake: Annual fishing contest is/was. Annual meeting is August 23. No loon chicks. DNR boat landings?

 

Squaw Lake: Nature Lake and Round and Dunbar property owners are trying to get an association going. Their lake is low due to beavers in Dunbar holding back the water. They had about 40 at a recent meeting. Chris Kavanaugh spoke on habitat.

 

Jessie Lake: Tom Nelson reported on the completed restoration project at Tilly’s Creek which had been allowing run off into the lake from erosion. Marn Flicker has a power point showing the project that was funded by USFS RAC $.

 

Tom reported that Minnesota Waters is working with Conservation Minnesota so the website is being updated. Tom recommended joining Minnesota Seasonal Property Owners Association. ICOLA is a member of MN COLA and Tom is our representative at meetings.

 

Deer Lake: Has very busy social events including BBQ’s weekly, book clubs, golf outings and the Frolic on Tues. Aug. 14 at Camp Hiawatha. They have lots of loonlings. The diagnostic study will go on this summer and requires volunteers to monitor springs.

Curly leaf pondweed was removed from near the public access by a scuba diver.

 

Tom, also, reported that the Sensitive Shoreline Study will be underway this summer on Turtle, Bass, and Sand in western Itasca County. Other lakes should report the location of loon NESTS as that is an indicator of sensitive shoreline (good habitat for small fish, cover, etc)

 

Sugar Lake will celebrate Aug. 4 the dedication of a State Natural Area (SNA) along 1 mile of shoreline. Their flotilla will be Sat. July 7. They had 85 people attend their May 27 potluck. Tom Nelson talked about the Comp Plan update and Mary Blickenderfer was a featured speaker. Their annual meeting will be Sept. 2. Eric Ahlstrom from Itasca Community College will test the lake.

 

Catherine McLynn, Commissioner Dist. 2, reported that Co. Rd. 49 is closed while a new bridge is being installed to replace an aging culvert that is too small and prevents spawning fish from traveling further up the creek. Funding is from USFS. A fish ladder is proposed to aid fish to get over the 3 ft dam but many concerns have been raised about the potential of making it easier for invasive species to get into the Wabana Chain of Lakes. The DNR has responded that the Prairie River Dam is a huge obstacle to Asian Carp which would easily jump over the current 3 ft dam on Wabana Lake.

 

Also the county is beginning to look at ways to enhance the fairgrounds and prevent significant run off from the gravel parking lots. One option is to vacate the road close to the lake and make it all part of the fairgrounds park complete with rain gardens and pervious surfaces for walking and biking. Traffic flow options are being considered at the south and north ends of the grounds but NOT through the middle of the Midway.

 

Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick reported that preventing the spread of AIS is a high priority and that 43 million was allotted to the University of Minnesota to research potential long term solutions.  She recommended participation in the Firewise program.

 

Next meeting is July 18, 2012. The meeting adjourned at 8:45.  

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Catherine McLynn, Secretary

 

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                                                                    February 15, 2012 

                                                               Itasca County Courthouse 

                               

Stephanie Kessler                          ICOLA Vice -President/Johnson Lake

Catherine McLynn                       ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2

Michelle  Brauner                         ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Jim Brauner                                   Turtle Lake

Harold Dziuk                                    Turtle Lake/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

John and Alida Zimmerman         Wabana Chain of Lakes

Gib and Kathleen Willson             Wabana Chain of Lakes

Dave Lick                                    Wabana Chain of Lakes/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Bob and Sue Swanson                       Johnson Lake

Pat Davis                                   Pokegama Lake

Patty Gould-St. Aubin                       Pokegama Lake/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership                       

Shirley Foust                                   Sand/Shallow Lakes

Marn Flicker                                   Jessie Lake Watershed           

Jerry Laney                                  Jessie Lake Watershed

Bill Grantges                                  Siseebakwet Lake

Dick Lacher                                    Minnesota Waters/Bigfork River Board

Tom and Barb Ryan                        Suomi Area Lakes

Tom Nelson                                    Deer Lake

Peter Lotti                                      District 4 Water Plan Implementation Committee member

Jay Janecek                                    Izaak Walton League/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Jeff Janecek

Dennis Anderson                           Izaak Walton League/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Bob Scheierl                                    Izaak Walton League

Dan Swanson                                    Brainerd DNR Invasive Species Specialist           

Bob Leibfried                                       Regional manager of DNR Ecological and Water Resources                        

 

CALL TO ORDER: Vice President Stephanie Kessler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the courthouse. A quorum was present with nine member lake associations being represented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved. Lick/Tom Ryan MCU

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of November 16, 2011 were approved as written.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle Brauner’s report is incorporated herein by reference. Current balance is $4,490.24 with membership donations from Deer Lake and Siseebakwet. The treasurer’s report was accepted. Flicker/Davis MCU.


A power point presentation by Bob Leibfried included the following highlights:

Lakes in Itasca County with AIS infestations include McKinney, Crystal, Winnie and Bowstring.

Appropriations for AIS prevention/eradication are $7.4 million this year and will be about $8 million next year.

There are training sessions being held throughout the state. One will be in Cohasset on Mar. 27 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

A new law that requires a decal on every boat by August 1, 2014 reminding boat owners to drain/pull plugs/clean boats.

The new decals will soon be available for distribution.

Public awareness grants require 1:1 match. County Environmental Trust fund could provide the match for a billboard.

Grants will soon be available to local governments to treat milfoil infestations (City of GR could apply to treat McKinney and Crystal Lakes.)

 

 NEW BUSINESS:

Stephanie reminded members that 2011 Accomplishments and 2012 Goals had been distributed to all lake associations for distribution to their members. This can, also, be used to encourage lake shore owners to learn about the value of forming a lake association and to encourage existing lake associations to support ICOLA as a member.

Dave Lick invited volunteers to help with Itasca Water Legacy Partnership Youth Water Summit on Thursday, May 24 at the Itasca County fairgrounds and Crystal Lake beginning at 7:30 am until 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. Twenty–seven presenters will engage the 5th graders in Dist. 318 in learning about many aspects of water. Dale Christy and Karen Walker are coordinating the groups of students. Dave will speak to students before the event in order to achieve maximum learning outcomes.

Harold Dziuk reported on IWLP successful grant applications:

1.     Economic value of clean water-A Wisconsin economist will conduct a survey to determine what people are willing to pay to enjoy clean water.

2.     Purple loosestrife identification and eradication project- $30,000 to work in cooperation with USFS, Itasca County, National Fish and Wildlife Association, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Minnesota Waters. Volunteer in-kind match is required and many of the activities ICOLA members do counts toward the in-kind match including meetings and activities on the lakes. Harold asked that ICOLA members begin to log and report the many hours they volunteer.

3.     Sensitive Shoreline identification – ICOLA members should assist by reporting the location of loon nesting sites as indicative of sensitive shoreline that may need additional protection in future ordinance revisions.

Harold, also, mentioned the potential benefits of creating a cooperative weed management district that could get other grants for more widespread action against invasive species.

Tom Nelson, District 2 Planning Commission member, reported that the Comprehensive Land Use Plan was due to be revised this year and county ordinance revisions would follow. He recommended that John Sumption be hired as a consultant. He was former Cass County Environmental Services and helped Crow Wing and Aitkin counties.  

Tom spoke further about the COLA Collaborative that is working on legislation to adopt the revised shoreland standards.

Sen. Tom Saxhaug has agreed to re-introduce a bill in the Senate and contact needs to be made with Rep. Engebretsen in the House and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick would likely be very helpful in this regard. Motion was made to send a letter to Sen. Saxhaug and Rep. Engebretson from ICOLA strongly supporting the adoption of the revised shoreland standards.  McLynn/Swanson MCU

Commissioner Catherine McLynn mentioned that a new Planning Commission member had been appointed for District 3. Fred Tanner is a member of the Trout Lake Association. She indicated that there is a vacancy on the Water Plan Implementation Committee for District 2 which is north central Itasca County. Contact her if interested.

Next meeting is April 18, 2012. The meeting adjourned at 9:00. Refreshments were provided by Michelle Brauner.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, Secretary

 

Addendum from Harold Dziuk:

The following information is of value to ICOLA members who wish to support Itasca County projects that will help improve lake and watershed management. 

A) For the non-federal in-kind matching to be provided by  citizen volunteers on the grant application submitted to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for control of purple loosestrife, we included pledged support  for a 2-year period. 

For citizen volunteers (especially lake associations) these efforts were described a
s follows: "Volunteer time for assistance with identifying and surveying of sites."  Therefore, any time spent  learning how to identify purple loosestrife, attending meetings where invasive species control and eradication are discussed or searching for invasive species could be counted as in-kind matching funds. These hours should be recorded and submitted to ICOLA for record keeping that will be required for the reports to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Minnesota Waters will be providing most of the pledged in-kind matching support from non- federal sources and will keep records of their staff time and materials devoted to invasive species educational programs.

B) Volunteers are needed to assist the DNR biologists who will be gathering data for the Itasca County 
Sensitive Lakeshore Identification project beginning in the summer season of 2012.  DNR staff member Kristin Carlson (email - Kristin.Carlson@state.mn.us; phone - 218-833-8646)  is asking for volunteers from each lake association on lakes over 500 acres in size to be identified as loon watcher volunteers to record loon nesting sites. 

For more information on the sensitive lakeshore identification project see:   http://www.minnesotawaters.org/group/iccola/sensitive-lakeshore-identification.

It would be of great help if this information could be sent out to all ICOLA members.

Thank you.

Harold

 

 

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 ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      November 16, 2011

                                                               Itasca County Courthouse

                             

Stephanie Kessler                                    ICOLA Vice -President/Johnson Lake

Catherine McLynn                        ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2

Michelle Brauner                                    ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Harold and Betty Dziuk                        Turtle Lake/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Jack and Helen Adamson                        Upper Prairie River Lakes

Sue Swanson                                    Johnson Lake

Pat Davis                                    Pokegama Lake

Randy McCarty                                    Pokegama Lake           

Rick Bodin                                    Sand/Shallow Lakes

Don Simons                                    Itasca Soil & Water Conservation District

Marn Flicker                                    Jessie Lake Watershed           

Harold Goetzman                                    Jessie Lake Watershed

Dave Lick                                    Wabana Chain of Lakes/Itasca Water Legacy Partnership

Bill Grantges                                    Siseebakwet Lake

Dick Lacher                                    Minnesota Waters           

 

CALL TO ORDER: Vice President Stephanie Kessler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the courthouse. A quorum was present with eight member lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Revised agenda was approved. Swanson/Goetzman MCU

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of Sept. 21, 2011 were approved as written.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle Brauner’s report is incorporated herein by reference. Current balance is $4,340.24 including membership donations from Eagle, Jessie, Shallow/Sand, Snaptail, and Suomi. In addition, a donation of $50 in memory of Don St. Aubin was received from Don and Abby Marier of Deer Lake. Membership from Bass, Deer Lake Watershed/Effie, Long Lake, Prairie Lake, Siseebakwet, Spider, Swan, and White Swan has not yet been received. The treasurer’s report was accepted.

Flicker/Jack Adamson MCU.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

2012 Goals:

 

Increase involvement/ more lake associations: Suggestions included news articles, sharing accomplishments, preparing the highlights/accomplishments of ICOLA for the past year. C. McLynn is willing to review the minutes and prepare a summary. Others are welcome to write an article of interest that can be shared in other lake association newsletters. Send your article to Stephanie for editing and sharing with others with author’s approval.

 

Support ongoing diagnostic studies: Excellent news article about IWLP, and provide more info on what and where the studies are.

 

Expand diagnostic studies to additional lakes: Sensitive shoreline study will engage Bass, Sand, and Turtle lake associations.

 

AIS prevention: Minnesota Waters has a position paper on AIS prevention that was handed out.

 

Support and collaborate with Itasca Water Legacy Partnership: Youth Water Summit is scheduled for Thursday, May 24 at the Itasca County fairgrounds and Ice Lake. It will include all 5th graders in Dist. 318 and volunteer presenters on many aspects of water. IWLP depends on the partnership, collaboration, and communication that ICOLA provides to many interested parties on and off the lakes.

 

Participate in county comprehensive plan and water plan revisions.

 

ICOLA communications, minutes, and other timely news articles are being sent to primary contacts (officers) in lake associations via email and posted on the ICOLA website, but are not being shared with general membership in most associations. A note of encouragement to forward the minutes to members might be included when the minutes are sent out. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Itasca County Comprehensive Plan is due to be updated in 2012. The Water Plan is in the process of being updated and can be viewed on the Soil and Water Conservation District’s website. Both plans serve as guidelines for action and decisions and should be referred to often by county officials and SWCD supervisors and staff.

 

Sensitive Shoreline Project:  Harold Dziuk reminded ICOLA about the ways in which volunteer loon watchers can help the Sensitive Shoreline project by reporting where loon nests are located on their lakes. Loons nest in sensitive shoreline where there is good fish and waterfowl habitat. This collaboration between DNR and Itasca County to identify sensitive bays on three larger lakes that provide critical habitat or are significant factors affecting water quality. Studies on each lake will begin next spring.

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

           

Jessie Lake Watershed:  Water levels are good; beavers are still a problem. Tilly’s Creek culvert will be replaced with a larger one prevent washouts from happening during a heavy rain event. Of note is the fact that a resort, Three Cedars, that formed a common interest community, has gone bankrupt. Fortunately, they did upgrade their septic and is in accordance with new setback regulations so the development is in compliance with current standards.  

Pokegama: Randy McCarty and Pat Davis reported that they will hold their first annual Christmas party on Tues. Dec. 13. They will do a newsletter and have a new website. They have finally sold enough copies of their book, Voices of Pokegama; to break even so future sales will be profit. A conditional use permit was granted for a campground next to Zorbaz but with conditions to protect the privacy of the neighbors.   

Upper Prairie River Lakes: Jack and Helen reported they have plans for their May 2012 meeting.

Johnson Lake: Sue and Stephanie reported that a very controversial after the fact variance was granted with conditions that a dilapidated building be removed from the shore impact zone and vegetation buffer be established. They noted that it would be important for Environmental Services to follow up to ensure the landowner actually complies with the directives. Another variance was granted for new construction on an island. Both sites are very close to the public access and very noticeable.  

 Sand/Shallow: Rick reported that the efforts continue to secure a handicap accessible dock on Shallow Lake.

SWCD:

Sugar/Siseebakwet:  Bill Grantges reported that fish house debris was a big problem this past spring. He maintains the email list for the association and encouraged more articles of interest from ICOLA that could be incorporated into their newsletter and sent to all.

They have active beavers that cause problems.

Turtle: The lake association paid $1,815 for extra 110 #’s of walleye stocked in Turtle Lake.

Wabana Chain of Lakes: Jean Koewler sends out ICOLA minutes. There was high water in August; now it is lower.  

County:  The county board is seeking applicants for various committees. Especially important is the District 3 Planning Commission seat for which no one has yet applied. Shallow Lake members might give serious consideration to applying immediately. Also, lake associations should provide the Environmental Services Department with their key contact information so they receive notices of variance requests and CUP’s on their lake and can attend the site inspections and participate in the public hearings.

Itasca Water Legacy Partnership: Harold Dziuk is preparing an application for a National Fish and Wildlife Federation grant for “communities pulling together initiatives.” He is submitting a request to continue the ongoing purple loosestrife control project demonstrating the partnerships between the lake associations, ICOLA, IWLP, Itasca County, DNR and USFS and private landowners. Their next meeting is Fri. Jan. 20 at the Blandin Foundation and ICOLA members are welcome to attend.

Minnesota Waters: Richard Lacher handed out the AIS Prevention Work Plan showing the efforts by MN Waters to prevent AIS.

 

Meeting dates for 2012: Feb. 15, April 18, June 20, July 18 (Annual meeting), and Oct. 17. Meetings will be held at 7:00 pm at the courthouse except the Annual meeting/potluck. McCarty/Lick MCU

 

Next meeting is February 15, 2012. The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Catherine McLynn, Secretary 

 

 

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                                     ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      September 21, 2011

                                                               Itasca County Courthouse

                             

Jack Milinovich                            ICOLA President/ Swan Lake

Catherine McLynn                       ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2

Jim Brauner                                  Turtle Lake

Harold and Betty Dziuk                      Turtle Lake

Jack and Helen Adamson             Upper Prairie River Lakes

Sue Swanson                                   Johnson Lake

Bob Conzemius                                   Greater Pokegama Lake

Janet Snell                                   Big Whitefish Lake

Shirley Faust                                   Sand/Shallow Lakes

Don Simons                                   Itasca Soil & Water Conservation District

Tom and Barb Ryan                       Suomi Area Lakes

Harold Goetzman                        Jessie Lake Watershed

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the courthouse. A quorum was present with nine member lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of Aug. 17, 2011 were approved as written.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Jim Brauner submitted a report from Michelle that is incorporated herein by reference. There is a balance of $4193.54 after paying for Shoreland Stewardship awards and annual meeting expenses and after depositing membership donations from fourteen lake associations: Big Balsam, Big Whitefish, Caribou, Deer, Pokegama, Hale, Horseshoe/Mike, Island by Northome, Johnson on Hwy 38, Sand, Trout, Turtle, Upper Prairie River Lakes, and Wabana Chain of Lakes. She sent out 29 requests and is awaiting responses from Bass, Deer Lake east of Effie, Eagle, Jessie, Long Lake 59-24, Prairie, Shallow/Sand, Siseebakwet, Snaptail, Spider, Suomi and White Swan. The treasurer’s report was accepted.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

By-Law revisions:  Motion was made to approve the final revision dated 8/26/2011 which had been sent out by email to all members and posted on ICOLA website. (Brauner/Goetzman MCU)

 

Communications to lake associations are going out by email and posted on the ICOLA website. Member associations are identifying which officers should receive the emails and who will be responsible for forwarding the ICOLA news to their lake association lists.  

 

Shoreline Stewardship Awards were presented at the September 13, 2011 County Board meeting to Chuck and Jan Stenson, Mike and Ardy Flaherty and Bob and Sue Swanson all on Johnson Lake on Hwy 38 and to Jim and Tina Appleby on Turtle Lake. Before and after photos were shown to the public and the newspaper featured the awards.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

SURVEYS: Comments from the lake associations when they sent in their membership dues included a suggestion that ICOLA compile a list of accomplishments for the year which can be sent out with the request for renewals and as an invitation to new lake associations to become affiliated with ICOLA.  Secretary Catherine McLynn agreed to do that so that it could, also, be used when making plans for 2012.

 

Itasca Water Legacy Partnership: ILWP received two distinguished awards recently and was featured in the newspapers. The “Best of Minnesota Community Pride Showcase” award was given at the State Fair to successful community projects demonstrating collaboration, innovation, and progress.  As reported in the Grand Rapids Herald Review “The mission of IWLP is to work collaboratively on water issues and mobilize on-the-ground actions that encourage diverse sustainable use, protection, recovery and enjoyment of Itasca County’s water and shoreland resources that are critical to a strong economy.”  IWLP has been awarded over $1 million dollars to equip the certified water testing laboratory at Itasca Community College, sponsor the Water Summit,  participate in educational outreach to local schools and initiate diagnostic studies on two premier lakes, Pokegama and Deer. Another award was received through the state lakes and rivers association, Minnesota Waters. 

 

Sensitive Shoreline Project:  Harold Dziuk reported on an LCCMR grant that was received for collaboration between DNR and Itasca County to identify sensitive bays on larger lakes that provide critical habitat or are significant factors affecting water quality. Paul Radomski will engage a team of DNR scientists to do an intensive biological survey of three lakes: Bass by Cohasset, Sand and Turtle followed by recommendations from the Environmental Services Department to establish appropriate intra-lake (within the lake) zoning classifications.  One of the criteria for selecting the lakes to be studied was whether there was an active lake association. In addition to the study on these three big lakes, property owners on any other lakes can help with the county-wide study by providing the location of known loon nesting sites as an indicator of sensitive shoreline.

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

 

Swan Lake: Jack would like to promote voluntary well water testing and asked how to encourage participation.

Big Whitefish: Jan Snell reported on this lake up near Max.

Jessie Lake Watershed:  Their annual meeting was Labor Day with active discussion about whether to give a scholarship. It was decided to keep their limited funds for more local impact with local youth in local education programs that might more directly affect the local lakes. A conservation officer provided info on bear activity and sucker spearing.

Pokegama: Bob Conzemius reported that the diagnostic study is a big project and many volunteers are needed. Most sites have been established and data is being collected. 

Upper Prairie River Lakes: They are planning for their 2012 meeting in May and election of officers in August.

Deer Lake: The court hearings on the proposed commercial development are this month. The Camp has challenged the county board’s decision to order an Environmental Impact Statement before permits to build can be considered. The Camp has also appealed the county assessor’s and the tax court’s decisions that they are required to pay taxes on their property. 

Johnson Lake: Sue reported that since the annual meeting August, the association has purchased a very big sign to be put up at the public access to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. They are interested in promoting well water testing by property owners.

 Sand/Shallow: Shirley reported that they had their annual meeting, elected officers, are planning for 2012 and are seeking to get a dock put in at their public access.

SWCD: Don Simons invited the public to the meeting on Tues. Oct. 18 (NOT Oct. 11) at 6 pm in Marcell Community Center to offer comments on the County Water Plan as part of the annual review process. 

Suomi Area Lakes: A culvert has been replaced on Co. Rd. 48 to allow better water flowage into Little Bowstring. They have ongoing beaver problems. Their annual winter fishing contest will be in February.   

County: Budget sessions have been held. Funding for Soil and Water Conservation District projects is expected to again be approved from the Environmental Trust Fund rather than from the levy. North Itasca Joint Powers Board is seeking funding from the proceeds of timber sales and from the ETF. The Discovery Center has had outstanding Naturalist programs this past summer which have been educational and appreciated by many resort guests. Fall forest colors and beautiful lakes along Hwy 38 were featured in the recent Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.

 

Setting Goals for 2012: These were suggestions to be reviewed further and priorities set at the November meeting:

 

Increase involvement of more lake associations in ICOLA.

Prepare a list of highlights and accomplishments for use in inviting/advertising in 2012.

Continue to support the ongoing diagnostic studies on Deer and Pokegama.

Support expansion of diagnostic studies to other lakes.

Continue efforts to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasives.

Support IWLP Education Day May 5.

Participate in county comp plan revisions. 

 

Next meeting is November 16, 2011. The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, Secretary


 

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ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      August 17, 2011

                                                               Itasca County Courthouse

                             

Jack Milinovich                            ICOLA President/ Swan Lake

Stephanie Kessler                         ICOLA Vice-President/Johnson Lake

Michelle Brauner                          ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Catherine McLynn                                    ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2

Jim Brauner                                  Turtle Lake

Jack and Helen Adamson             Upper Prairie River Lakes

Marn Flicker                                    Jessie Lake Watershed

Dave Lick                                                       Wabana Chain of Lakes

Sue Swanson                                    Johnson Lake

Randy McCarty                                    Pokegama Lake

Dick & Jan Sandberg                                    Pokegama Lake

Janet Snell                                                      Big Whitefish Lake

Rick Bodin                                    Sand/Shallow Lakes

Dick Lacher                                    Minnesota Waters

Don Simons                                    Itasca Soil & Water Conservation District

Julie Miedtke                                    University of Minnesota Extension

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the courthouse. A quorum was present with eight member lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Revised to allow a presentation by Julie Miedtke

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Approved.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle reported a balance of $4139.44 after she paid $200.00 to Minnesota Waters for membership dues and website hosting fee for ICOLA and paid $47.44 to Deer River Publishing for annual meeting advertisement. (MCU)

 

Julie Miedtke distributed a new book on Ash Management: Guidelines for Private Landowners and described that the Emerald Ash Borer is a serious threat to the ash trees in our lowland forests. She recommended studying the information online at www.myminnesotawoods.com or contacting her.  Julie.meidtke@co.itasca.mn.us

She, also, noted a workshop on Sept. 9 on transferring land ownership as a legacy for the future and another workshop on a forestry conservation fund on Sept. 15.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

County Fair: Fair booth has been set up in the white Horticulture building on the hill. Invasive Species signs are on display next to the SWCD display and fish tank. Volunteers are needed this week through Sunday, Aug. 21. Parking passes may be picked up and returned to C. McLynn’s home at 931 N Pokegama Ave, GR.

 

By-Law revisions:  The committee reviewed the by-laws and proposed significant changes to simplify the document, allow for flexible meeting schedule and increased use of electronic communications, and clarification of membership and representation. After discussion, a motion was made to send out the email draft to all members and post on ICOLA website, request comments back by Aug. 24, review of comments by the committee (Tom Nelson, Richard Lacher, Jim Brauner, Steph Kessler and Catherine McLynn) and the final draft being emailed out by Aug. 26 for consideration of adoption at Sept. 21 meeting. (Swanson/Kessler MCU)  

 

Communications and 2011 membership notices to lake associations are going out this week both by email, snail mail and posted on the ICOLA website. Member associations should identify which officers should receive the emails and forward news to their own members.   

 

Invasive Species: Several suggestions were discussed as action items. Especially important is contact with legislators in support of funding for education, enforcement, and research to reduce or eliminate AIS. Sue Swanson suggested a letter from ICOLA but no formal action was taken as yet to do so. Individual contacts at the county fair might be especially effective. Stephanie suggested purchasing 20 large signs like Splithand Lake Assn. did for about $800. Permission would be needed from the DNR to put them up at the public access sites. Resorts might be asked to put them up at their accesses. Other suggestions included billboards, grocery bag stuffers, teaming up with local merchants and the Chamber of Commerce, pressure washers being moved to various locations and radio public service announcements. Further research will be done on cost and implementation and discussed at the next meeting.

 

Itasca Water Legacy Partnership: Dave Lick is working on additional funding and partnerships for the Purple Loosestrife Eradication Project that is underway on many lakes in the county.

 

2011 Shoreland Stewardship Awards: Four brand new planting sites have been viewed and judged to be winners of prints by Lori Worthing on Amen Lake. The winners are:  Chuck and Jan Stenson, Bob and Sue Swanson, Mike and Ardy Flaherty all on Johnson Lake and Jim and Tina Appleby on Turtle Lake.  They will be presented their awards at a county board meeting in September.

 

Motion was made that next year’s committee consider an award to the City of Grand Rapids for shoreline management on city lakes and stormwater management especially the rain gardens along First Avenue. (McLynn, Swanson MCU)

 

SWCD: Don Simons announced that well water testing for nitrates would be done at the fair every day from 1-4 pm. Bring your tap water in a clean plastic baggie or container and it will be done within a few minutes. SWCD has the fish aquarium set up at the fair.

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

 

Turtle Lake: Work continues purple loosestrife control, loon counts, and water level management.

Mary Miller and Harold Dziuk participated in the Sensitive Shoreline meeting at which Turtle Lake was selected for intensive biological survey work beginning next year.

Upper Prairie River Lakes: Annual picnic had a great turnout of 40 people. They are working to have the USGS stream monitoring device upgraded. Good planning underway for the year ahead.

Deer Lake: Frolic was held with a water ski pyramid demonstration, great food, prizes, and games for the kids. The recent court ruling is being responded to by several attorneys in defense of the county board’s action to order an EIS for the commercial development proposed in a residential zone.

Jessie Lake Watershed:  Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors partnered with JLWA for Share the Lake Day. They are considering offering a scholarship and asked if other lake associations have a process and criteria for awards. They are doing lake clean up and want info from other lake associations that do it on land and water. He noted that Tilly’s Creek is a popular sucker spearing site and voiced concern about transmitting AIS by spearers and duck hunters.   

 Johnson Lake: Despite well organized and well presented comments in opposition from members, a variance was granted 4-1 by the Planning Commission to allow a landowner to build a cabin on a small island. An after the fact variance for another construction violation is under consideration with another site inspection Sept. 12 and Planning Commission meeting Sept. 14. Johnson Lake passed a resolution in support of the granting the variance ONLY IF conditions could be imposed that improved shoreland management including establishing 50 ft buffer and demolition and removal of a dilapidated blue cabin from the shore impact zone.

Their 4th of July flotilla next year will include a patriotic music by resident trumpet player, Horatio Hornblower.

Swan Lake: Their vice president Dick Johnson passed away so the annual meeting was postponed. A recent variance request was granted with conditions.

Wabana: Dave Lick reported that a $15,000 grant has been awarded for shoreline restoration next year.

Sand/Shallow: Rick Bodin reported that they had won First Prize for their float in the Warba Centennial parade. There were 130 entries. Their annual meeting is Sat. Aug. 20.

Pokegama: Randy McCarty introduced Jan Sandberg as the volunteer coordinator for the water quality testing.  They are working with Minnesota Power to eradicate curly leaf pondweed. They had a smelt die off during the July government shut down so determination of cause is still under investigation. Blandin blew out a couple of beaver dams which resulted in significant flowage of debris and vegetation into the lake.

County: Sensitive Shoreline project is underway with an LCCMR state grant and support from Itasca County Environmental Services Dept and SWCD. The DNR scientists Paul Radomski and Kristin Carlson and crews will do biological surveys to identify sensitive bays on Sand, Bass and Turtle lakes. Then the county will consider adopting appropriate zoning. These three lakes were selected by a committee of citizens and county staff. One of the selection criteria was whether the lake had a lake association that could become engaged in and be supportive of the project.

 

Next meeting is September 21, 2011. The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, Secretary

 

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 ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      July 20, 2011

                                                                Marcell Town Hall

                              

Jack Milinovich                            ICOLA President/ Swan Lake

Stephanie Kessler                          ICOLA Vice-President/Johnson Lake

Michelle Brauner                          ICOLA Treasurer/Turtle Lake

Catherine McLynn                                    ICOLA Secretary/County Commissioner Dist. 2/Wabana

Tom & Barb Ryan                                     Suomi Area Lakes

Jim Brauner                                  Turtle Lake

Harold Dziuk                                    Turtle Lake

Jack and Helen Adamson              Upper Prairie River Lakes

Sharon Streetar                                    Sugar Lake

Harold & Diane Goetzman                  Jessie Lake Watershed

Marn & Marie Flicker                                    Jessie Lake Watershed

Bryan Wagner                                    Splithand

Russ Wedl                                                      Splithand

Steve Lawrence                                     Deer Lake

Barbara & Kenny DeCoster                  Deer Lake

Dave Lick                                                       Wabana Chain of Lakes

Bob & Sue Swanson                                    Johnson Lake

Paul & Dolly Warner                                    Horseshoe Lake

Dick Lacher                                    Minnesota Waters

Courtney Kowalczak                                    Minnesota Waters

Don Simons                                    Itasca Soil & Water Conservation District

Gregg Deutsch                                    Itasca County Sheriff Chief Deputy

Ben Lakish                                    Itasca Community College Water Quality Lab                                   

Jake Smokovitz                                    Itasca Community College Water Quality Lab

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm at Marcell Town Hall. A quorum was present with eleven lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were approved. Sue Swanson/Tom Ryan MCU

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle reported the same balance as reported in June: $4,356.88    

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Election of Officers: Motion was made to nominate and cast a white ballot for current President Jack Milinovich and Vice-President Stephanie Kessler for another two years. (Tom Nelson/Marn Flicker MCU) Secretary Catherine McLynn agreed to stay on with Treasurer Michelle Brauner until their two-year terms end July 2012.

 

Email Communications: Michelle has established a gmail account so that officers can access to send out communications. Motion was made to include all the officers of each lake association and individuals who request to be added. (Marn Flicker/Jim Brauner MCU)

The officers should forward the minutes and other relevant information to their own member lists or website.  Key contacts such as ICOLA webmaster Tom Nelson, legislators, commissioners, SWCD supervisors and Minnesota Waters will be included.  

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

County Fair: Jack Milinovich will pick up the fair booth display and set it up. Volunteers are needed Wed Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug 21 from about noon to 8 pm in the evenings except Sunday. Tear down is 5 pm.

 

By-Law revisions:  A motion was made to establish a committee to review the by-laws and propose changes that would allow for flexibility in schedule of meetings and increased use of electronic communications.  (Tom Nelson/Sue Swanson MCU) Tom Nelson, Richard Lacher, Steph Kessler and Catherine McLynn volunteered.

Proposed changes would be sent by email and posted on the website in order to allow review by members. Approval would require two-thirds of members present at the September meeting. A quorum would be representatives from 10 lake associations.

Honoring Don St. Aubin: Don has been receiving treatment at Abbott Northwestern for serious health problems.

Dave Lick offered an honorary commendation for Don’s tireless efforts on county ordinance and comprehensive land use plan revisions, ICOLA email communications, and leadership on county, regional and state initiatives.

 

Itasca Water Legacy Partnership: Harold Dziuk reported that IWLP is submitting applications that require matching in-kind or cash contributions. A motion was made to provide in-kind support as a partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the grant application. (Harold Dziuk/Tom Nelson MCU)

 

Dave Lick reported that IWLP secured a Blandin grant to do an economic study: What is clean water worth?

Also, a group of educators are planning a Water Day for fifth graders at the Fairgrounds and Crystal Lake.

 

PROGRAM:

 

Mary Blickenderfer, University of Minnesota Extension, presented the Lake Challenge shoreland improvement program. She offered good examples for lakeshore owners to add natural beauty, prevent or reduce erosion and pollution, and enhance property value. The presentation was highly entertaining and educational.

 

Courtney Kowalczak, Minnesota Waters, presented educational training opportunities to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species that are available in partnership with the DNR. Of special note is the training available to service providers who move docks and boats and could be the first to detect and prevent the spread of AIS.

 

Ben Lakish, Itasca Community College Water Quality Laboratory, showed photos and described the ongoing research being done on Deer and Pokegama lakes with flow meters and seepage meters to gain a baseline of data on the nutrient loading to the lake from springs, streams and rainfall. 

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

 

Splithand Lake: They are working hard to prevent the spread of AIS with signs and monitoring the public access. The state shut down left the lakes unprotected at a time of high traffic in and out of lakes. Photos of their large signs at their public access were featured in the GR Herald Review.

Sugar Lake: Ben Lakish will be the featured speaker at their Sept. 4 meeting.

Turtle Lake: Their annual meeting was held June 25 at Arcadia Resort and their flotilla was July 4.

Upper Prairie River Lakes: Annual picnic will be the first week in August.

Deer Lake: Summer activities are in full swing including water testing, fly over data collection, fishing contests, weekly BBQ’s, purple loosestrife control, island clean ups, and the annual Frolic to be held Aug. 9. Curly leaf pondweed has been found at the public access and diver Jon Arsenault pulled the plants so it would not spread.

Suomi Area Lakes: 4th of July picnic was held at Sandy Beach on Grave Lake and annual meeting will be Sept. 3.

Jessie Lake Watershed:  Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors partnered with JLWA for Share the Lake Day with residents of Homestead Nursing Home in Deer River on July 31. SWCD and JLWA secured RAC funds from USFS for replacement of Tilly’s Creek culvert to prevent roadbed erosion into the lake.

 Johnson Lake: 4th of July boat parade was held and three shoreland improvement projects are underway. Members provided comments in opposition to a variance request to build on a small island. The Planning Commission granted it with conditions to minimize the impact on the environment. During the site inspection, an ordinance violation was noticed on another property and the landowner now has to request an after the fact variance for adding onto a non-conforming structure too close to the water. That hearing will be Aug. 13.

Swan Lake: Their annual meeting is coming up. They continue to monitor potential effects from Essar Steel project.

Horseshoe Lake: This is the 8th year of water testing. They do not have a public access or any development plans.

 

County: Chief Deputy Greg Deutsch noted that Boat and Water Don Basista had retired. Paul Provinzino is the recreation/education deputy. A recent incident at Three Island Lake ended with perpetrators being caught due to prompt reporting by lake association members and immediate follow up by the Sheriff’s department.

 

Next meeting is August 17, 2011. The meeting adjourned at 8:30.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, secretary

 

 

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                                    ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      June 15, 2011

                                                                Itasca County Courthouse

                             

Tom & Barb Ryan                                     Suomi Area Lakes Assn.

Jim Brauner                                    Turtle Lake Assn.

Michelle Brauner                                    Turtle Lake Assn/ICOLA Treasurer

Catherine McLynn                                    Itasca Co. Commissioner Dist. 2/ICOLA Secretary/Wabana Chain of Lakes

Dorothy Abrahamson                   Swan Lake Assn.

Jack Milinovich                                    Swan Lake Assn/ ICOLA President

Jack and Helen Adamson              Upper Prairie River Lakes Assn.

Jan Snell                                                      Big Whitefish Lake, Max

Sharon Streetar                                    Sugar Lake                 

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM in the Itasca County Courthouse.  A quorum was present with six lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion was made to revise and approve. Barb Ryan/Sharon Streetar MCU

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were approved. Jim Brauner/Jack Adamson MCU

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle reported a balance of $4,356.88 after she paid Frame Up $496 for Shoreland Stewardship Awards, $100 for approved reimbursement to Ryans for SWCD Envirothon and $25 to reserve Marcell Town Hall for annual meeting in July. Twenty-five lake associations have paid for the fiscal year July 2010-2011. Notices for the upcoming year will be sent out in August. This gives the LA’s time to provide the names of the new officers and roster of members as a result of summer meetings.  Notes of encouragement and personal contact should be made to invite previous member la’s to maintain membership: Bass, Splithand, Swan and Spider. 

Motion was made to accept the treasurer’s report. Jack Adamson/Sharon Streetar MCU     

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Water Summit: Reports were very positive. Stephanie and associates deserve accolades. Almost 200 attended.

 

Shoreland Stewardship Awards: Catherine suggested that the city of Grand Rapids be considered for recognition for their rain gardens and maintenance of a shoreland buffer along Ice Lake. 

 

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert Signs at Public Accesses: Check your lake accesses including resort accesses to see if signs are up and contact Chris Kavanaugh at the DNR for help to get them put up.

 

Annual Meeting: Potluck will begin at 5:30 pm followed by program beginning at 6:30 pm at Marcell Town Hall. Courtney Kowalczak, Program Director for Minnesota Waters, will share the following information:

  

Aquatic Invasive Species Opportunities for Your Organization

Minnesota Waters in partnership with DNR will offer two statewide programs to mobilize, train and equip citizen volunteers and lake/river professionals to detect and report aquatic invasive species infestations in their lakes and rivers. The goal is to support agency rapid response to new AIS infestations, raise crucial local awareness, and promote actions that prevent further spread.  

 

AIS Monitoring for Lake Associations

Minnesota Waters in partnership with DNR will provide training to teach volunteers how to identify the “most-wanted” aquatic invasive plants and animals: Zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, and others. In addition, volunteers will learn how to create an AIS monitoring plan, target areas for inspection, monitor their lakes and rivers for invasive species, and report accurate findings.

 

Lake Service Professional Trainings  

Minnesota Waters and the DNR will provide training for lake service businesses on how to prevent the spread of AIS.  

The Lake Service Providers that attend these trainings will receive: 

  • Up-to-date info on regional AIS infestations
  • Current regulations that apply to moving boats, docks, lifts and equipment
  • Best strategies to remove AIS
  • Learn how to work with the DNR, regional lake associations and Minnesota Waters to prevent the spread of AIS
  • All participating businesses will receive DNR certification that they have completed the training
  • Minnesota Waters will list all certified business on our website.
  • Annual meeting continued: Jack Milinovich recommended Tom Nelson’s suggestion that the Deer-Pokegama water testing crew provide an update with photos showing how and where samples are being collected and how the lab work is being done. Ben Lakish of Itasca Community College and Noel Griese of SWCD and/or their assistants could present. Tom offered to take pictures and help put it together. Jack will follow up with Tom for a presentation at the annual meeting. 

 

Publicity: Motion was made to authorize an ad in the Deer Path and Western Itasca Review for the annual meeting since it would be held in Marcell. Dorothy Abrahamson/Barb Ryan MCU

 

Catherine will send news articles to GR Herald, Scenic Range News Forum and Western Itasca Review.

 

Grilled dogs and buns and pop and coffee will be provided by ICOLA. Bring a complementary dish to share.

 

Election of Officers: Elections will be held at the annual meeting in July. Terms for President and Vice-President are for two years. Please consider asking a member who might facilitate the ICOLA meetings. There are already so many exciting water/lake activities going on with support from ICOLA. ICOLA plays a vital role by providing communications county-wide so that all interested lake association members can take advantage of the opportunities to improve and maintain the beautiful lakes.

 

Email Communications: Michelle suggested a gmail account that officers can access so that communications can be sent out. She will update the lists provided by Don St. Aubin and establish the account. The minutes and relevant information will be sent to the officers of each lake association so they can forward it to their own member lists or website.  Key contacts such as legislators, commissioners and Minnesota Waters will receive the emails.

 

Catherine will send a prayer card to Don St. Aubin in appreciation for his many years of commitment to ICOLA. 

 

Membership in Minnesota Waters: Motion was made to pay annual dues of $200 to Minnesota Waters.

Dorothy Abrahamson/Tom Ryan MCU

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

 

Sugar Lake: Sharon Streetar reported that DNR Conservation Officer Sarah Sindelir was an entertaining and informative speaker at their potluck. Sharon recommends other lake associations contact Sarah.

Turtle Lake: Their annual meeting will be June 25 at Arcadia Resort and their flotilla will be July 4.

Wabana: Catherine McLynn reported that a proposed fish ladder and culvert replacement project will facilitate fish passage in and out of Wabana Lake and Clearwater Creek, but concerns are being raised with regard to the value vs. the cost ($750,000) and the potential risk of invasive species.  WCOLA will host another informational meeting.

City Lakes: Catherine McLynn reported that Forest Lake had turned brown early in May and a series of tests are being run by Itasca Community College with monitoring by SWCD. Secchi disk readings are only 2 ft compared to previous readings of 10 ft. E coli and coliform tests are very low so the city beach can remain open. Phosphorus levels are extremely high causing a brown algae bloom. Instead of the normal 20 ug/l, the levels are 60-180 ug/l possibly due to turnover and mixing of nutrients from bottom sediment. There is no evident point source of pollution. The north side of the lake is forested and undeveloped. The Public Works Department and SWCD will continue to monitor and do additional testing throughout the summer.

Upper Prairie River Lakes: Jack and Helen Adamson reported that all is going well in their neck of the woods.

Deer Lake: Catherine McLynn reported that it was announced at the recent DLA meeting that curly leaf pondweed has been found at the boat access on Deer Lake. Mary Blickenderfer demonstrated how to identify it and report if it shows up anywhere else on the lake.

Suomi Area Lakes: Tom and Barb reported that SALA members will celebrate the 4th of July with a picnic at Sandy Beach on Grave Lake.

County: Included in reports above: Forest Lake algae bloom and Wabana fish ladder.

 

Next meeting is July 20, 2011. The meeting adjourned at 8:45. Daylight Donuts were served by Jack and Helen.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, secretary

 


                                    ITASCA COALITION OF LAKE ASSOCIATIONS MEETING

                                                                      May 18, 2011

                                                                Itasca County Courthouse

                              

Tom & Barb Ryan                                     Suomi Area Lake Assn.

Jim Brauner                                    Turtle Lake Assn.

Michelle Brauner                                    Turtle Lake Assn/ICOLA Treasurer

Catherine McLynn                                    Itasca Co. Commissioner Dist. 2/ICOLA Secretary

Harold Goetzman                                    Jessie Lake Watershed Assn.

Dorothy Abrahamson                   Swan Lake Assn.

Jack Milinovich                                    Swan Lake Assn/ ICOLA President

Don Simons                                    SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) Supervisor

Tom Nelson                                     Deer Lake Assn/ICOLA Webmaster

Jack and Helen Adamson              Upper Prairie River Lakes Assn.

Rick Bodin                                     Shallow-Sand Lake Assn.

 

CALL TO ORDER: President Jack Milinovich called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Itasca County Courthouse.  A quorum was present with seven lake associations being represented.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were approved. Nelson/Ryan MCU

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Michelle reported a balance of $4,977.88. Eagle Lake has paid since the last meeting.    

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

Shoreland Stewardship Awards: Motion was made by Tom Nelson and Barb Ryan to continue the program and authorize up to $500 for expenses. MCU. The Review Committee is Andy Arens (SWCD), Harold Goetzman, and Tom Nelson.  The committee will be seeking landowners who are willing to be recognized for setting good example. Photos may be taken that show off the beautiful blooms at their peak. Awards are presented at a county board meeting in order to showcase the shoreland restoration projects.  Contact a committee member to participate.

 

MN COLA Collaborative: Motion was made by Tom Nelson and Harold Goetzman to sign on as a member of the Minnesota COLA Collaborative. Tom Nelson and Don St. Aubin have attended some of the recent meetings to be informed about legislative initiatives that affect waters throughout the state.* MCU

 

*(“The focus was to train people to advocate for adoption of the revised shoreland rules, maintaining strict standards for granting variances, and preventing the spread of AIS.” From the Jan. 19, 2011 ICOLA minutes)

 

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert Signs at Public Accesses: The signs are up on Jessie Lake in cooperation with DNR. A pressure sprayer was used at public accesses on Pokegama Lake during the Governor’s Fishing Opener to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Water Summit: C. McLynn will pick up the ICOLA display from SWCD and Jack will help set it up Friday morning and staff it during the Water Summit.

 

Annual Meeting: Motion was made by Dorothy Abrahamson and Jim Brauner to hold the annual meeting at the Marcell Town Hall Wed. July 20. MCU. Potluck will be at 6 pm followed by a program at 7:00 pm. Michelle Brauner will reserve the Hall. Deer River Township Hall is another option.

 

SWCD Envirothon: Motion by Jack Adamson/Harold Goetzman to fund the SWCD’s request for $100 for their educational Envirothon. MCU

 

Email Communications: Michelle and Catherine will work on the email list and send out meeting notices in an effort to maintain the communications network set up by Don St. Aubin over the past several years. Michelle has the current lists of Lake Association officers that have been sent in with their dues for 2010. Don’s health status is serious and he is in need of prayers. 

 

Election of Officers: Members are invited to consider filling a leadership position for one term: President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer. Elections will be held at the annual meeting in July.

 

MEMBER LAKE ASSOCIATION REPORTS:

 

Shallow-Sand Lake: Rick Bodin reported that they will meet Sat. May 21. They will have their annual meeting in July and hold a fishing tournament.

Turtle Lake: The Purple Loosestrife Identification and Eradication project has been transferred to the Itasca Water Legacy Partnership. Additional funding for lakes in the Chippewa National Forest is a high priority. Their annual meeting will be June 25 at Arcadia Resort and their flotilla will be July 4.

Wabana: Catherine McLynn reported that USFS Enforcement Officer Kent Lederman will be their guest speaker May 21. A proposed fish ladder and culvert replacement project will facilitate fish passage in and out of Wabana Lake and Clearwater Creek, but concerns are being raised with regard to the value vs. the cost ($750,000) and the potential risk of invasive species.  

Jessie Lake: The TMDL Implementation Plan has been approved by the MPCA and EPA. Their spring meeting is May 21. Jim Gustafson, SWCD, applied for grants for preventing further erosion and runoff by replacing a culvert at Tilly’s Creek. He, also, applied for shoreline stabilization grant. Other activities include roadside clean up, shoreland clean up, Share the Lake Day (with seniors) in July.

City Lakes: Catherine McLynn reported that the shoreline of McKinney Lake was cleaned up by Minnesota Deer Hunter Forkhorns (youth) as part of their Hwy 38 roadside clean up. And Northern Lights Charter School from Warba cleaned up Ice Lake in cooperation with neighbors.

Adopt a River clean up:  Jim Gustafson and SWCD employees coordinated the annual clean up of the Mississippi River from Blandin Dam to LaPrairie including Veteran’s Park area on Thursday, May 12. Grand Rapids Public Works Department provided trucks and equipment. Trails Task Force and KAXE members participated.

Upper Prairie River Lakes: Jack and Helen Adamson reported that they have 62 members. They had a presentation on the threat of Emerald Ash Borer at the April meeting and will meet again the first week in August. They cleaned up Co. Rd. 8 and, also, do some clearing on the river.

Deer Lake: Tom Nelson reported that they have a busy social calendar posted on their website including annual meeting in July, Frolic in August, Wed evening potlucks, book groups and golf outings. They are involved in the water testing and monitoring the flow from streams, groundwater and springs. Al Cibuzar fly-overs continue to provide valuable information to be used for improved lake management. Catherine McLynn reported that the corporation proposing a large commercial development in a residentially zoned shoreland has not yet completed the environmental impact statement as directed by the county. Instead, the Camp filed another lawsuit, so they do not yet have the necessary permits to build. And the decision by the county assessor to put the 270 acres of shoreland property back on the tax rolls in 2010 was upheld in tax court. The Camp has filed a separate appeal of that decision.

Suomi Area Lakes: Tom and Barb Ryan reported that SALA members clean up more than nine miles of Hwy 38 and Co. 48, have a canoe trip from Alder Road to Hwy 6, celebrate the 4th of July with a picnic at Sandy Beach on Grave Lake and send out a great newsletter with interesting historical accounts.

Soil and Water Conservation District: Don Simons reported that they will be testing well water at the fair with the new equipment purchased by Itasca Community College.

County: Trish Klein, the new administrator has been hired and starts June 6. Zim’s Lane court case involves a road right along the shoreline of Wabana Lake that, if moved behind the homes, would allow for shoreline revegetation.

 

A motion was made by Tom Nelson and Harold Goetzman to recommend Harold Dziuk as an outstanding volunteer and to authorize a nomination letter be sent. MCU

 

Next meeting is June 15, 2011. The meeting adjourned at 8:40. Rhubarb cake with Cool Whip was served.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine McLynn, secretary