Year of the Monarch for Lone Lake

At our July 23, 2016 LLPOA annual meeting and picnic, LLPOA will call special attention to the Monarch butterfly, which is experiencing a serious decline due, in large part, to a lack of habitat. One thing you can do to help the Monarch is to plant – and do not mow or knock down –…

Culvert Repairs

A Lake Outlet Committee was formed to deal with issues relating to lake levels, outlet drainage, and obstruction removal. There is room on the committee for a couple more lake residents, if you wish to participate. The committee’s first action was to replace the culvert that was  partially blocked between Lone Lake’s outlet and Ripple Lake.…

How to improve Lone’s fishery?

How to improve Lone’s fishery? Keep shoreline natural By Marty Cook A few years ago, my wife and I had the good fortune to be relocated to England for a couple of years.  While we were gone, nobody did anything to our shoreline and nature had a chance to take back our shoreline along the…

Meet Tanner

Tanner Sachse is one of the DNR-certified inspectors hired by Aitkin County whose job it is to inform boaters about aquatic invasive species and what boaters must do to clean, dry and drain their craft to prevent its spread.  Tanner, 18, son of Diane and Rick Sachse, has spent many of his summers with his…

Stand up for Butterflies

We all know and love the beautiful orange and black monarch butterfly.  This pretty insect, actually Minnesota’s state butterfly, is dying off.  In the immediate term, eliminate pesticide use (including the purchase of bedding plants and annuals treated with pesticides/herbicides) and plant milkweed—monarch caterpillars must have it for food.  Also, check out EPA’s risk assessment…

Loon update for 2015

Note July 12 from Dianne and Walt Weisser, Lone Lake loon watchers, and keepers of the loon nest platform: “Not sure if you were aware, but Humphreys called to say the loons had been off the nest a couple of days.  He said they left on Saturday, which was the week before the 4th.  Bob…

Lone Lake healthy

Lone Lake healthy; fishery holds its own or in slow decline since mid-1980’s By Marty Cook Did you notice the DNR on Lone Lake last week?  During the period June 15 through June 18, DNR representatives were on Lone Lake conducting a fish survey.  This survey was made up of 9 gill nettings and 9…

Neighbors, county join together

Neighbors, county join together to keep lake clean; road fixed, run-off sent to new holding pond Sometimes nature needs a nudge to right its course.  That’s what happened when 23 Lone Lake residents teamed up with Aitkin County and a local excavator.  Because of their efforts, polluting run-off from badly rutted 297th Lane is now…

New trailer decal requirement starts in 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015 a new trailer decal requirement is scheduled to start. The new law requires anyone who transports watercraft or water-related equipment like docks and lifts with a trailer in Minnesota to complete an online aquatic-invasive-species training course.  The decal must be displayed after July 1. The training course will be available starting…