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April 2000

PLEASE ASSIST US!

directory.jpg (10041 bytes) The Board of Directors of the Green Lake Property Owners Association will print a new directory to be distributed at our annual meeting in June of 2000.

We would like to ask for your assistance to make sure that we have your name and address spelled correctly. Please check the 1998 directory to see that this information is the way you wish to have it printed.

If you know of a new neighbor or a neighbor who has sold his/her property we wish to place the correct name in your directory.

If you have corrections, or know of any, please write to us:

Green Lake Property Owners Association
P.O. Box 362
Spicer, Minnesota 56288


Welcome from beautiful Green Lake,

The year 2000 has begun and already there are changes taking place to our Lake. We all must work hard to make those changes as positive as they can be. Some of the changes are as follows:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has purchased the lot adjacent to the Rush Brown property near the Olde Mill Inn for expansion of the public access. Construction has not yet begun. The DNR also has purchased the adjacent property to the east of County Park 5 to expand and improve the park public access. We were unsuccessful in keeping this property from going off the tax rolls. We also learned that the originally planned prohibition of bass taking for 8 years has been extended to 10 years, without notification, because of administrative reasons. We will work to have the project reviewed and reduced back to at least the 8-year period. The project is showing good success and should be up for such a review.

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The tradition of an Ice Castle on the shores of Green Lake was continued again this winter. This creative sculpture is a real asset to our community. The clarity of the ice is brilliant. Thanks go to Mike Lint, Bruce Nelson, and Gideon Doty of the Wee Kut Ice Company, accompanied by their volunteers.

We hope you all will keep JUNE 17TH open to attend the Annual Meeting and continue to keep the Green Lake Property Owners Association a vibrant and active association. Only with your help will we continue to enjoy Green Lake on into this new century for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

Hurry back, we miss you.

Chuck Burmeister
President


Bids were opened April 18 on two of the sewer projects.
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East Shore Improvements

West Shore Water Services

 


Water Quality

Last fall we again submitted an application to MPCA for a Clean Water Partnership grant. We were required to travel to Marshall for a teleconference with members of the MPCA. In February we were notified that we were the recipients of a $105,000 Phase One grant. waterquality.gif (7821 bytes)

On April 3, a meeting of parties interested in the middle fork Crow River watershed was held. The total attendance was 22 including representatives of the DNR, MPCA, Kandiyohi County and each of the involved lakes. The purpose was to identify areas of needed study and begin work plans and assignments. Following the meeting there was a bus tour of the area. Areas of study will include flows into and out of the lake and the concentration of certain electrolytes in the water. It is expected that two years will be needed to complete this Phase One project.

David K. McAfee, M.D.


Sewer, Water & Road Update

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Spring is here and we are once again starting to see increased activity in our major project areas. The water treatment plant became operational in March and is now supplying the water to the towns of Spicer and New London. The fire hydrants now have water available but probably not at the kind of pressure that we will have once the water towers are operating. In early summer, the water towers in New London and in Spicer will be painted and completed for operation. The Green Lake tower will be erected in the near future, then painted and it too will be operational later as we hook up more residences to the water system.

We will receive bids for the installation of the water service for the west shore on April 18. Residents on the west shore will be asked to sign up for water service and installation, this should begin in May.

We will be receiving bids from the Indian Beach Road segment of the project also on April 18. Construction of the new road with installation of the sewer and water pipes is expected to start at County Road 4 and Indian Beach Road and work south/west beginning about May 22. The segment south of Indian Beach Resort is expected to start about July 5. We hope to have the east shore from County Road 4 to County Road 10 completed by November 15.

The south shore and the east shore circle segment will be bid on June 20. This segment of the project will go into the year 2001 for completion, however at this time that timetable is dependent on many factors.

The sewage treatment plant is expected to be operational by July 1. We need to have the treatment plant completed before we can proceed with the hook-ups on the north or the east sides of the lake. We also can not start south of Indian Beach Resort until the treatment plant is operating so that those properties can be connected to the sewer as the work continues southward.

biketrail1.jpg (5042 bytes) The bike trail on the north shore will soon be graded and prepared for blacktopping. I have not heard of the dates for this work. The north shore right-away work has been started down by the Olde Mill and we will have one more coat of asphalt applied to the road when the other work on the north shore is completed. biketrail2.jpg (6953 bytes)

This summer will have a lot of activity along with many inconveniences, but if everyone cooperates in the manner of last summer, problems will be kept to a minimum. We are hopeful that the successful bidder for this year’s work will be as cooperative and sensitive to our residents’ needs as the contractor last year showed us. We will strive to have timely communication from our contractor to keep everyone informed.

Our lobbyist has continued to work in the Minnesota Legislature to arrange additional funding for this Green Lake project. We feel good about the status of our support, however until the session is adjourned and the Governor has signed everything, we really don’t know what is going to happen.

Ollie Hagen


Water Service Update

The Water Service Request Agreement form for the West Shore has been put out by the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District and responses are due by May 1. The North Shore letters and forms will be going out in May. Included will be details about if you hook-up; if you do not hook-up; what will your water costs be; what about your old well and estimated assessments. You must return the Water Service Request Agreement and Temporary Construction Easement prior to the construction. Bids should be determined by June for the North Shore.


Jim Gilbert’s Journal - The Red Squirrel

Red squirrels prefer evergreen forests and, consequently, are not as abundant in southern Minnesota as farther north. Although they store cones and nuts under tree roots or in underground burrows, they also will tunnel through snow to search for nuts on the ground or to have safe and easy access to a shrub or tree that has fruits. redsquirrel.gif (41812 bytes)
Individuals might eat eggs, young birds, and the young of cottontail rabbits and gray squirrels, but in general they are vegetarians and do not deserve the bad reputation that a few have gained. They perform a service in forests, because many of the seeds they bury remain in the ground and eventually become trees. The territory range of a red squirrel is small, seldom more than 400 feet in diameter. Like the blue jay, it is a sentinel of the forest. If anything is going on in a red squirrel’s territory, it responds with loud chattering and scolding.

The Green Lake Property owners have special permission to use Jim Gilbert’s Journal. Jim is a naturalist with WCCO Radio.


Nature Notes

If any of you found something weird on or near your dock in early November or this spring when you put your dock in, and you wonder how it got there, I’m the culprit. On November 6, Howard and I walked the entire shoreline. We picked up little "treasures" and put them on your docks. It was like a reverse treasure hunt. naturenotes2.jpg (1955 bytes)

Besides the many plastic items and pop cans, we found some interesting things such as a fly swatter, a half of a $10 bill, beach towels and shoes, 2 Frisbees, fishing lures, several golf balls, a brown and white plastic cow, and various other items. We saw huge northern and carp carcasses, coots, gulls, one muskrat and a mink that led us along the boardwalk at Rice Estates. Skip Wright told us that the shoreline is 12 miles although it seemed a lot longer to us. I moved slower than 10 years ago when we did the same hike. That year it took us five hours, this time it took almost 6 1/2. Howard doesn’t think we’ll do it when we’re seventy!

naturenotes1.jpg (3665 bytes) After a very mild winter we had an early spring with people spotting bluebirds as well as robins in early March. Ice-out was the 2nd earliest on record -- March 24th. The ice went out fast since it had been melting in warm weather a long time before finally breaking into small chips -- not as dramatic as some years.

The temperatures the last 3 months have been up and down. One does not dare put one’s warm jacket away. It is extremely dry. The lake is low and plants are struggling to force their way into our world. Our first blood root appeared on April 9 but they were a little weak looking.

Coots and mergansers have been playing near the shore. One day we watched an eagle dive for a coot but they all swam into a huddle preventing the eagle from picking one out. I also saw a beautiful swan float by. I have never seen one on Green Lake before. naturenotes3.jpg (1382 bytes)

Sleepy chipmunks came out of their holes so early there was not much to eat. We had to put out extra sunflower seeds for them. I saw squirrels, chipmunks and a pair of cardinals all happily eating together from the ground under the bird feeder.

Welcome back to all of the snowbirds! Those of you on the East Side have my condolences for what will happen on your side of the lake this summer. Don’t panic. The road construction is inconvenient but crews are very organized and accommodating. Give me a call if you need encouragement. I wore out my mud boots last year!


 

IN HOMAGE OF TREES

We must certainly love and honor the tree
for it shares its gifts its whole life long:
As beauty and pleasure for mankind
it spreads its limbs for shade,
Has artistic form and balance pleasing to the eye,
gives out a glorious array of colors in its seasons,
Perfumes the air, exchanges breath with us.

It offers its trunk to build our homes,
its branches for warmth;
Shows us strength and sturdiness,
longevity and humbleness.
It withstands many storms,
lets the wind rush by
But holds drops of rain in its upturned leaves.

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The tree is home to birds and beast;
woodpeckers, wood ducks and brown creepers,
the squirrel, the raccoon, the little green frog;
A nest deep in the trunk or high on a branch,
or supplies for the abode of a beaver
who gnaws with large teeth on the branches so tender.

A hiding place for rabbit and chipmunk and mouse
for ferret, for weasel, and woodchuck and skunk,
for a cat who’s chased by the barking hounds;
Or a perch for the owl, the hawk and the crow
the cardinal who sings from its very top;
The heron, the kingfisher, the raven, the eagle
as they rest on one leg or hunt for prey.

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A playground for squirrels and white-breasted nuthatch,
and all human children who come home from school,
To swing in and hang from
to play Hide and Seek;
And build a hideaway, to sit, to dream;
To sing in, to catch the breeze
and feel lofty and strong.
The tree is a food source
for all living things;
It gives of its fruits for man in the orchard,
for bird in the berry, for squirrel in its seed,
For worm in its leaves,
for insect in its bark.

Then when its life is almost gone,
it still is home to fungus and lichen and soft lovely moss,
And bugs and worms too numerous to name;
Then finally it quietly crumbles and rots
and slips into humus to return to the earth;
And continues the cycle for new life to begin. 

Verna Patrick
Easter, April 11, 1993


Kandiyohi Lakes Association
c/o Terry Frazee
11928 Indian Beach Road
Spicer, MN 56288
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Dear Mr. Frazee,

The Kandiyohi Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been involved with water quality projects for many years. Research and public information is an ongoing effort of the SWCD staff. The function of the conservation district is to take available technical, financial and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so they meet the needs of the local land user.

We strongly support your effort to inform, and educate the lakeshore owner in Kandiyohi County to use phosphorus free lawn fertilizers. Blue-green algae blooms are primary cause for water degradation in a lake and the reduction in these blooms will be directly related to reduction in total phosphorus content of the lake.

Sincerely,

Loren Engelby
Kandiyohi SWCD


Jim Gilbert’s Journal - Duck Houses

Wood ducks are early to arrive in spring, and many people are now on the lookout for pairs in their neighborhoods. Unquestionably, the drake wood duck is the most beautiful of all waterfowl, with the female also being more colorful than the females of other species. Both are crested, multicolored ducks.The male is patterned in iridescent greens, purples and blues and has a distinctive white chin patch while the duller-colored female has a broad white eye-ring. Weighing 1 1/2 pounds, they sit lightly on the water with the long tails well above the surface. woodduck.jpg (12300 bytes)

Appropriately named, the wood duck is found near wooded lakes and streams, feeding on certain insects and plant materials from duckweed to acorns, which are crushed in the gizzard. Although woodies winter mainly in southern parts of the United States and into central Mexico, a few stay in Minnesota.

Wood ducks nest in trees but only in natural cavities in the trunk or large branches. They prefer hollow trees close to water, but if such trees are not available, they will nest further away and will also use nesting boxes set up in the right locations. The hole chosen may be close to or as high as 50 feet above the ground. No outside material is transported to the nest by the bird, but it makes use of any chips or other materials that may already be there and mixes down from its breast with it.

The Green Lake Property owners have special permission to use Jim Gilbert’s Journal.  Jim is a naturalist with WCCO Radio.


Phosphorus: A Threat to Green Lake

What is one of Minnesota’s greatest assets? No doubt, it is Green Lake - located right here in Kandiyohi County. Yet, despite its great value, Green Lake faces tremendous pressure from increased use, development, the possible spread of exotic species and from land run off. Phosphorus is the primary water pollutant associated with most of these sources and uses and is perhaps the biggest potential threat to clean lakes in Minnesota!

With the coming of spring, we need to look at the use of lawn fertilizers. Each bag of fertilizer has three (3) hyphenated numbers on the front label of any package of fertilizer, of which they stand for the major nutrients plants need - nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). The numbers, always given in the same order, represent the percentages each of N, P and K in the bag (by weight). Other nutrients are often found in fertilizer, but not in as large amounts as N, P and K.

Phosphorus is a major pollution concern for lake and streams because it supports the overgrowth of algae and waterweeds and can lead to oxygen depletion in the water. When one-tenth of a pound of fertilizer containing five percent phosphorus washes into the lake, it is difficult to remove it. It only takes one pound of phosphorus in a lake to produce 500 pounds of algae.

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The more phosphorus in the water, the more algae that grows and decreased water clarity is the result. The algae slowly settle into the deeper waters of the lake, where they die and use up oxygen as they decompose.

Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element found as a nutrient in soil and as a component of human and animal waste. It gets into lakes from natural weathering of soils, atmospheric deposition, groundwater recharge of lakes, agricultural runoff from fields and feedlots, pet and waterfowl waste, runoff from lawns, paved areas, and construction sites and shoreland erosion.

The following merchants carry phosphate free fertilizer, of which we encourage you to purchase: Farmers Coop (CLC) of Willmar, Stacy’s Nursery, I & M Landscaping, and Holm Brothers in Willmar. In the Spicer area, those who carry phosphate free fertilizer are: Tree n’ Turf, Mike’s Dock and Green Lake Nursery along with Twin Lakes Service.

The following do not carry phosphate free fertilizer, but do have some with a very low percentage, being 2 or 3: Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target.

The Green Lake Property Owners Board of Directors encourages you to use phosphate free fertilizer on your lawns this spring.

The motto should be: Buy the Bag with the "O" in the Middle!


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