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Another neighbor leaves Lake Sarah
Gene H. Ullstrom, age 77 of Independence. Passed away May 16.
Born August 17, 1938, Lake of the Woods County, MN. Died May 16, 2016 at his home. Preceded in death by daughter Emily Ann Dau, and parents Ellen (Peterson) and Harold. Survived by wife Dolores; children: Joe (Sheila Monssen) and Susanne (Joe Tabery), five grandchildren, and siblings: John, Bill, and Dan and Mary. Gene graduated from Baudette High School 1958, University of MN, 1966 with a B.S. in Ag. Engineering. Served in the US Army 1962 - 1964. Gene endured late distal hereditary myopathy, a lifelong disabling disease. In spite of increasing limitations he remained peaceful, optimistic, patient and kind. His sense of humor never failed him. Rako, MN was Gene's first home and remained close to his heart. Gene loved to tell stores, especially about his youth growing up in a northern, rural area. He was at home in the woods and during his lifetime planted thousands of trees. Gene never lost his faith in a loving, merciful God who sustained him to the end. Many people helped Dolores care for Gene over the years. We cannot thank them enough. Special thanks to Mary Hannus, Khongkham (Kay) Saengphachan, and the guys in the card club. Ridgeview Hospice provided helpful and kind support for 8 months. God bless you all. Memorial Service 11:00 AM Tuesday May 24, with visitation 1 hour prior to service, all at Catholic Church of St. George, 133 N. Brown Rd. Long Lake. Plant a tree in Gene's memory, or send memorials to Lake of the Woods Historical Society or Minnesota Conservation Volunteer in Gene's memory. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Forest Lake, MN.
An article written by Gene was recently published in the Star Tribune about his history in Rako, MN can be found via this link:
David Nelson, Age 71, of Loretto, MN (Lake Sarah Heights Drive) was reunited with his wife Linda in Heaven on May 1, 2016. Preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Judith and his wife, the love of his life, Linda. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Colvin and Jeanna Nelson; his grandchildren, Seth, Tyler, Alexa, Morgan, Rachel and Brecken; 1 great-grandchild, Sylas and his brothers, Ron (Diann) and Doug (Sue) Nelson. David served in the Air Force and went on to be a hard-working, successful career man. His career started at Arthur Anderson and General Mills. He "took a break" to own a small business, The Hollywood Sports Complex, for several years before returning to his business career at Lozier (Omaha) and ended his career success as the President of Plymouth industries. His ability to reinvent himself moving from job to job was admired by many. His interests included fishing in his earlier years, golf, and soaking up the sun at their home in Fort Myers, FL. He was known for a bold and humorous personality and spreading the word for all Republicans. His strongest love, outside of his wife and girls, was definitely the MN Twinsa season ticket holder in MN and FL, he loved going to games and watched them on TV religiously. Even in the last conversations he had, he was talking about batting orders and pitching status. He was loved by all family and friends and will be missed. The funeral service was held at Light of Christ Church in Delano, MN on May 14.
20th Annual Independence Day Boat Parade
July 4th, 2016
It’s time to start planning for our 20th annual Lake Sarah 4th of July boat Parade!
Each year we host a fun themed boat parade for all residents to enjoy. We usually have a patriotic theme and another theme. We are open for a theme for this year. We also ask a family to be the official judges.
If you have a theme idea or would like your family to be the parade judges please contact Anne Horn @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar!
2016 Lake Sarah Neighborhood Picnic
Sunday July 17 2-5pm
The 28th annual picnic will be held at Jorgenson’s park on Shady Beach Circle. We will have the always fun Kubb Tournament, games for the kids, a brief LSIA meeting and lots of food. Plan on coming and meeting your Lake Sarah neighbors!
Our hosts the Jorgenson's
MN DNR announces mandatory training requirement for aquatic invasive species violators
Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate their watercraft anywhere in the state.
“The class is free and easy to take either online or with a paper home-study,” said April Rust, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species training coordinator. “Anyone interested in learning more about how to protect Minnesota waters from invasive species can also take the free online class.”
“Minnesotans overall are doing the right things, and the rate of compliance with aquatic invasive species laws is increasing every year," said Maj. Todd Kanieski, DNR Enforcement operations manager. “The few individuals who violate these laws are the highest risk factor for infesting a lake or river. We want to not only help people avoid a citation but, more importantly, keep 95 percent of Minnesota’s lakes off the infested waters list.”
Boaters and anglers can comply with Minnesota’s invasive species laws by remembering Clean, Drain, Dispose:
Clean aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species from watercraft,
Drain lake or river water from all equipment and keep drain plugs out during transport, and
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water.
Lake property owners are reminded that docks and lifts must be cleaned and allowed to dry for at least 21 days before moving them to another body of water.
More information about aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread is at www.mndnr.gov/ais.
Change the no-wake ordinance? What's that about?
Recently emails have circulated from the LSIA with a reference to proposed changes to the no-wake ordinance and calling for concerned residents to attend upcoming City Council meetings "to express your opinion". No details about the pending discussions were included in the email so several residents have emailed and called asking what those changes might be and whether or not they should be concerned. Here is the elevator summary, if you have more questions or need more specifics please contact the Independence or Greenfield City Halls or feel free to email this website.
The primary issue is with inconsistencies in the methods for implementation (3 days above 981.10), and removal (presumably immediately when level drops below 981.10).
The problem left the Cities with practical difficulties at the time of removal of the restriction when the water level receded to the trigger level on weekends or when city offices were closed and the quick changes from in-force to off and back when the water level fluctuated near the trigger level. It was noted there was no significant confusion upon implementation with 3 days to communicate the transition but plenty of problems with some lake users expecting immediate removal. This caused significant “unrest” and pressure on volunteer water level readers and upon City staff in both Cities.
The discussions produced a possible solution which would amend the ordinance in both Greenfield and Independence making the removal process match implementation by having the ordinance removal trigger be the same as implementation, “3 consecutive days below the trigger level” which would allow for time for proper public and law enforcement notice and align this ordinance procedure with other similar ordinances such as the one governing no-wake on lake Independence. The DNR also requested some language cleaned up relating to administrator discretion.
The most recent water level reading was 979.33' (east bay) on May 26, 2016
This can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 28, 2015 of 979.71' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. 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!
Water level data, info and records from previous years can be found on the Water Levels page on this website
2016 CLP weed treatment program
This year marks a change to the use of a professional contractor for our whole lake treatment. On Friday May 6, 2016 Lake Restoration treated the selected areas. Although it was a fairly windy day, LR staff was confident that the introduction of the aquacide below the surface would still be effective. Also, with the past years grant funds being unavailable, residents have been asked to contribute $250 towards the treatments. If you haven't donated to water quality yet, you may do so using the Paypal link below.
Residents are asked to leave the orange signage on their shorelines in place for 1 week (through Friday May 13)
If you would like more information about the chemical used today you may find it HERE
Thank you for your support throughout this entire process.
Contribute to the 2016 CLP and EWM whole lake treatment program here
Riparian property owners are being asked to contribute $250 to this years program. If you would like to make your contribution online via paypal, just click on the button to the right. If you prefer to pay by check, the mailing address is LSIA, P.O. Box 25, Loretto, MN 55357.
LSIA Thanks you for your support of this important multi year effort!
LSIA Spring newsletter has been distributed via email.
If you did not receive a copy directly you may download one via this link (in .pdf format).
A New Emergency Communication Network is now available to residents of Independence and Maple Plain to ALERT, and INFORM Residents.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency and city officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. This service is easy to sign up for and will provide a direct line of communication with our residents. Communications will range from emergencies to public hearing notifications.
Register Now: simply click on the CodeRED logo at left
March 2016 - Lake neighbor and amazing drone pilot Todd Zaugg recently performed a video inspection of the lake Sarah outlet channel with ground assist from Scott Walsh and posted the video to YouTube. If you've ever been curious as to what the outlet channel looks like heres your chance to check it out. Amazing job Todd - Thanks!
Calling all history buffs! The newly formed Greenfield Historical Society is looking for history specific to Greenfield / Greenwood area of western Hennepin County www.greenfieldhs.com. They have started building a website and are meeting monthly, contact any member via their website if you wish to participate or have old memories or memorabilia to share!
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 2015-16 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2016 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2016 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.