April 21 has been judged to be our lakes official ice out date for 2014 by designated judges Tim Wuollet and Mike Peterson.
Three way ties in both the youth and adult Ice Out Contest (first time ever!)
Three adult entries correctly chose the 21st in this years Ice Out Contest as well as 3 youth entries. A drawing to determine the prize winners was held at the LSIA Meeting at Detour 19 on Wednesday April 23.
Adult contest Winner: Brent Lau was drawn to receive the $100 gift certificate donated by Jim Coleman, owner of the Ox Yoke Inn.
Additionally, the other two correct entrants Adam Jakubowski and Joan Yantes will each be awarded a $25 Gift card to the Ox Yoke compliments of the Spencer family.
Youth Contest Winner: Annika Reierson was drawn to receive a $50 Gift card to the retailer of her choice donated by the Spencer family.
Congratulations to the other two correct youth entrants: Ryder Bemmels and Matthew Baker, who will be receiving $20 gift cards to local merchants courtesy of the Spencer family.
Thank you to everyone who entered this historic 12th Annual Ice Out Contest, remember to enter again in 2015!
With the last of our snow melting, warm weather in the forecast, we could see the ice disappear within the next week.
As soon as ice out occurs, we'll inspect for Curly Leaf Pondweed, to make sure we have it over the same 260 acres as last year (which we should).
We will target treatment as soon as the lake water temps reach 50 degrees, and we have a calm day to ensure the wind does not cause product to "drift". At this time, based on "normal" weather, it appears treatment for CLP could occur either the last week of April, or the first week of May.
Here's the good news we have to share:
1. We have our approved DNR permit in hand for up to 260 acres of CLP treatment.
2. We have confirmed that we will again receive a DNR grant for $100 per acre, or $26,000 in total for this treatment (same as last year).
3. Additionally, we will receive approx $10,000 again this year in cost sharing from the Three River's Park District and the Watershed.
So if we can again successfully collect a $100 donation for each lake lot owned on the lake, we will again fully cover our treatment costs.
Questions? Please Attend the LSIA Spring Member and Nonmember meetingon April 23rd at Detour 19, 6:00pm Social, 7:00pm meeting to learn more. Contact Joe Baker, Water Quality Committee chair at 612.868.8702.On behalf of the LSIA, we thank you for supporting our efforts toward improving Lake Sarah!
Burning restrictions to take effect Monday 4/14 in central Minnesota including Hennepin and Wright Counties!
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt. These counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington and Wright.
The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error. “Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” said Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator.
More counties will be added as conditions warrant. The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.
Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving. Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating_restrictions.html.
LSIA MEMBERS - DON'T FORGET TO PAY YOUR 2014 DUES!
The 12th Annual Guess the Lake Sarah Ice Out Contest
Entry period is now closed. Good Luck to everyone who entered!
2014 Official Contest rules and a list of entries can be found on theIce Out Contest page. The 2014 Official Ice Out date is defined as the day Lake Sarah is judged completely free of ice by a consensus of opinions by Mike Peterson, Tim Wuollet, & Brad Spencer. Any ties will be decided by a drawing of correct entries.
The prizes for the 2014 Ice Out Contest winners are:
Adult winner (16 and older) - $100 Gift Certificate to the Ox Yoke Inn courtesy of Jim Coleman.
Youth winner (age 15 and under) -$50 Gift Certificate - Winners choice of retailer, courtesy of the Spencer Family and lakesarah.com.
More interesting advertising ephemera from Lake Sarah's past recently found!
This colorful, and slightly bawdy, advertising matchbook cover is from the Shady Beach Inn during the period that it was owned by Milton (Mac) and Dorothy Makousky probably in the late 1950's. (click on image to view larger)
If you have any interesting advertising or postcards from lake Sarah's resort heydays that you'd be willing to share please contact or send an email to 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 (651) 773-5514, DNR Enforcement (651)296-6157, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2013-14 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2013 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2013 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
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