The 12th Annual Guess the Lake Sarah Ice Out Contest
Entry period is now closed
2014 Official Contest rules:One entry per person (yes each [human] family member may have their own guess). Please indicate entrants who are under age 16.
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.
Eligible households must be in the immediate lake Sarah area (Loretto, Independence, Greenfield, Rockford, Maple Plain).
Entries must have been received between February 19, 2014 and midnight March 9, 2014.
Entries will be posted on the Ice Out Contest page of this website as soon as administratively possible, entrants are encouraged to check for already chosen dates and if desired to select dates that have not yet been chosen.
LSIA membership is not required.
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.
Contest sponsored by the Spencer family & Lakesarah.com. Contest rules, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.
Ice Cleanup Day 2014
Temporarily postponed due to conditions. Event will be rescheduled soon, please check back!
The LSIA will complete another “whole lake” Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) treatment in 2014!
Based on last year’s successful treatment program, we will again:
· 1. Self-treat using responsible LSIA volunteers. By self treating – we control the timing of the early season, low dose treatment to ensure the most ideal conditions and the effectiveness (plus we save 50% of the cost vs hiring a professional treatment company).
2. Engage our supportive partners:
Aquatic Solutions for a very competitively priced product, the free use of their application equipment, and the volunteer services of Craig Mueller to again coach us during the treatment process.
Eric Fieldseth as a qualified consultant to help us determine the # of acres to treat, the appropriate application rate, and amount of product needed in order to achieve the desired results.
Three Rivers Park District (TRPD) and the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed who assist in funding and the TRPD provides vegetation surveys to validate our effectiveness.
The MN Dept of Natural Resources who fully support our volunteer program and we expect will have grant funds available again in 2014.
“Block Captains” – which help to raise awareness, help collect needed signatures, post application notice signs, and help promote LSIA membership / donations. ·
3. Offer optional treatments for Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM) – up to DNR set limits.
Next Steps / What you can do:
We ask that residents DO NOT make any commitments to weed treatment providers at this time. Some providers have already mailed sign-up forms for 2014. Please understand that working together as an association on a “whole lake” approach is a more cost effective approach – and is the only long term solution to controlling CLP, our worst invasive. If you’d like to discuss this further, feel free to call Joe Baker at 612.868.8702.
The Water Quality Committee will again host informational meetings to be scheduled in early April that will allow lakeshore owners the opportunity to attend and ask any further questions they may have.
We encourage all to visit the CLP Weed Treatment page on this website where the most current and complete information related to our CLP treatment process will be posted.
DNR eagle camera goes live with streaming video from metro nest The MN DNR is now streaming live video of a nesting pair of bald eagles on its website at www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle. DNR biologists believe it’s the same pair of birds that used the nest last year, but their eggs failed to hatch, probably because they were laid too early and froze. This year, the birds have laid two eggs in the last five days. “We’re excited they came back, and grateful that they’ve waited until a little later in the season to lay their eggs,” said Lori Naumann, DNR nongame specialist. “With the thaw this week, we’re really hoping the birds will be more successful this year.”
Located in the Twin Cities, the exact location of the nest is being withheld to prevent it from drawing crowds that might disrupt the eagles. In addition to live video on the DNR’s website, information on the eagles’ activities will be regularly updated on the nongame wildlife program’s Facebook page. People also can subscribe to the DNR’s Twitter feed for regular updates. If people would like regular updates to their in-box, they can sign up for eagle cam email updates. The eagle camera was paid for by DNR’s nongame wildlife program, which is largely funded by donations, especially those made when Minnesotans file their state income taxes. Line 21 of the
Minnesota income tax form, marked with a drawing of a loon, gives taxpayers the option to donate to the program, a feature often referred to as the “chickadee check-off.” The nongame wildlife program works to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore native nongame wildlife resources, helping more than 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive.
2nd Annual Lake Sarah WINTERFEST
Saturday February 22, 2014
Cooler temps, bad roads and huge snow drifts couldn't keep folks from enjoying the day - Brent reports approximately 110 people attended throughout the day.
Youth Hockey: Ice Doggs (Lake members: Brayton Foster and team)
Adult Hockey: D W/O C (Danglers Without a Cause) – 2-time winners (Immy Johnson, Myers Brothers and James Sprengler)
Thank you to the Fosters and all their friends who hosted this fun winter event!
Question of the week - Joni G. asks - Who has been grooming that cool crosscountry ski / snowshoe / hiking trail all the way around lake Sarah?
Answer - Ron Jorgenson of course! Ron & Mary decided to sell their Arizona home and stay here in Minnesota for the winter. Needing a project, R.J. added tracks to his Kubota 4x4 and outfitted it with a commercial trail groomer that he purchased down south somewhere. Ron tries to groom the trail at least twice eack week and currently has it set to imprint a single pair of crosscountry ski grooves in the middle of the groomed trail. By varying the angle and the amount of snow carried on the groomer he can regulate the depth of the trail as he goes. The trail is 6-8 miles in length and runs close to the shoreline except where it goes out to avoid the lake neighbors skating rinks. Be sure to try it out this winter!
For as long as I've known the Jorgenson's, they have always been generous, caring and involved lake neighbors. From hosting the annual LSIA Picnic and National Night Out parties on their property, removing and moving wayward bogs, donating to lake improvement projects, and serving on the Association Board. Thank you Ron for everything you do for all of us - we really appreciate it!
LSIA MEMBERS - DON'T FORGET TO PAY YOUR 2014 DUES!
Victoria and Jon Marley have sold their home on Lake Sarah Hts. Dr. and have moved to a home on Medicine lake. As a result of this move, the LSIA Board has accepted Victoria's resignation as LSIA Secretary and Communications Chair person. The Board thanks Victoria for her valued services, and we wish the Marley family the best on Medicine lake!
The Lake Sarah Improvement Association now has two openings on the Board (OR one if you choose both):
Secretary- is an Officer of the Board and has the duties of keeping accurate records (minutes) of all Board meetings.
Communications Director– Primary responsibility of assembling into a newsletter format, articles written by others. About 3 times per year.
The remaining term on both of these positions is July 2014. If you’re interested in joining a great team by filling any one or both of these positions or need additional information, please contact Roger Van Beusekom at 763.479.6771 or click here to email Roger .
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).
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.