Ice over! Saturday November 15 was the official ice over date for 2014
on our lake Sarah. Not quite a record for early ice but certainly close!
The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of this website's records is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001). Last year lake Sarah froze over on November 24, 2013.
West Hennepin Public Safety Police Reserves will sponsor their 34th annual “View Santa” event Saturday, Dec. 6, along city streets in Independence and Maple Plain and at city halls in the two cities.
The reserves will be collecting nonperishable food donations for area food shelves.
Santa will follow the same route as in previous years. Come to the Independence City Hall parking lot at 1920 County Road 90 from 3:15-3:30 p.m. or Maple Plain City Hall parking lot at 1620 Maple Ave. from 5:20-5:50 p.m. to meet Santa and take photos.
Or see Santa on his route through both cities. Santa’s route and schedule are:
– 3:15-3:30 p.m. Independence City Hall.
– 3:50 p.m. Fieldstone Place.
– 4 p.m. Providence Curve.
– 4:25 p.m. North Budd Avenue, Maple Plain Community Church.
– 4:50 p.m. Independence Street, Howard Avenue, Drake Street.
– 5 p.m. Perkins Lane, Independence Street, Howard Avenue, Main Street East.
– 7:15 p.m. Main Street West, Halgren Road, Parkview Road, Rainbow Avenue.
– 7:35 p.m. Main Street West, Parkview Road, Three Oaks Avenue.
CP RAIL Holiday Train will stop in Loretto on December 13, 2014 at 4:15pm with performances by Kira Isabella and Home Free. The concerts are free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a donation for your local food bank -- either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.
Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs.
What's the impact been? Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised close to C$9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Everything raised in each community stays in that community, and CP additionally makes donations at each stop.
Since 1999, the Holiday Trains have covered approximately 100,000 miles, and entertained hundreds of thousands of supporters.
It takes 30 "CP elves" 100 days to completely transform and decorate the Holiday Trains before they start their journey across Canada and the U.S.
In 2012, more than 20,000 candy canes were handed out to the kids at Holiday Train events. In the 16 years of the Holiday Train program, it is estimated over a quarter of a million candy canes have been given out to children as treats.
For additional information, photos, a route map, broadcast b-roll, and downloadable pictures of the two trains, visit: www.cpr.ca.
The final water level reading for 2014 was 978.76' on Nov. 8 (east gauge)
This elevation can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 17, 2013 of 978.95' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. The FEMA 100 year flood elevation for Sarah is 981.20' . Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay) and Fred Lang (east bay) who continue to volunteer their time to monitor our lakes’ water levels for the MN DNR, LSIA, and our website for yet another year!
Additional information regarding lake Sarah's water levels and historical water level data can be found on the Water Levels page on this website. Specific details regarding lake Sarah's No-Wake regulations during periods of high water levels can be found on the No-Wake Ordinance page.
Another neighbor leaves Lake Sarah
Mark H. Luhmann age 55, N. Shore Drive, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7 from pancreatic cancer. Funeral service will be held at Our Father's Lutheran Church in Rockford on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. Visitation on Monday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m also at the church. Our deepest sympathies to Mark's family. Click here to view his published obituary
Selected Local Election results:
Delano - Mayor - Dale Graunke (re-elected),City Council (2 seats) - Jason Franzen, Holly Schrupp
Greenfield - Mayor - Brad Johnson (unopposed), City Council (2 seats) - Tom Cook (Incumbent), Mike Hoekstra
Loretto - Mayor - Kent Koch (unopposed),City Council (2 seats) - Brenda Daniels, John Neumann
Maple Plain - City Council (2 seats) - Mike Deluca (incumbent), Julie Maas-Kusske. Jerry Young appointed to Mayor
Medina - Mayor - Bob Mitchell, City Council (2 seats) - Kathleen Martin, Lorie Cousineau
Minnetrista - Mayor - Lisa Whalen, City Council (2 seats) - Patricia Thoele, Pam Mortenson
Congratulations to all of our newly elected and re-elected community leaders!
More walleye introduced to lake Sarah!
Brent, Sarah, and Zachary Lau met with Ron Rademacher of Rademacher Fish Farms on October 21, 2014 to stock Lake Sarah with approximately1000 walleye fingerlings ranging from 3-7 inches.
Brent would like to extend a special thanks to all those who contributed to the Walleye Fund which enables this stocking effort to take place. - Brent Lau, LSIA VP and Fishery Chair
The lake Sarah Walleye stocking program began in 2006 and walleye have been stocked subsequently in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Our program is supported solely through private donations and volunteers. The stocking is permitted by, but without any financial support from the MN DNR. For more information and photos of walleye caught as a result of the program visit the Walleyes Caught page on this website. If you catch a walleye in Sarah, please send a photo and information about the catch so we can track our progress. email Brad.
If you'd like to help with the program please see the donation information below or contact any LSIA Board member.
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button (on right) to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
Lake Sarah Improvement Association Fall Newsletter has been recently delivered via email. If you did not receive a copy you can download it here in .pdf format. October 2014 Newsletter.Past issues of the newsletter are archived on the LSIA Newsletters page of this website.
Many of the questions emailed to this site regard illegal or inconsiderate snowmobile, atv, boat or pwc operation or fishing/hunting violation questions. To report illegal vehicular activity you should contactHennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol (612)596-9880, or West Hennepin Public Safety (763)479-0500, The Water Patrol will not issue a citation for offenses they do not witness. They may issue a citation if the witness agrees sign the complaint (much like a citizens arrest). If you plan on filing charges against an individual you should make note of the date, time, vehicle description and license number, identity or good description of the operator. A side note; If the offender wishes to appear in court you may be required to appear as witness / accuser. To report hunting or fishing violations call DNR area Conservation Officer Tony Salzer at (763) 432-0833, DNR Enforcement (651)582-1502, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2014-15 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2014 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2014 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
Lake Sarah (MN DNR #27-0191) is located in sections 1 and 2, township 118, range 24; and in sections 34 and 35, township 119, range 24, Hennepin County, Minnesota. GPS 45°4'19"N 93°41'24"W surrounded by the Minnesota cities of Independence, Greenfield, Loretto, Medina, and Rockford. Click here to view a Google hybrid map of lake Sarah. Suggestions for content and services to be provided by this site are always welcome!E-mail this websitewith your feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas.