president letter

We all make a difference in keeping our lake clean

May 2019 was an incredibly active month for the lake association. A big thanks goes out to our dedicated volunteers and board members, and to our lake residents and friends, who keep our lovely lake clean and free of invasive aquatic species. Every single effort to prevent erosion, to inspect/dry/clean your water craft, and to practice safe and respectful boating makes a difference to our lake.

In our last News Brief, I wrote about our Future of Lone Lake Planning session, held in May, in which the participants reaffirmed our goal to enhance, protect and preserve the beauty of Lone Lake. Each team defined actions they plan to lead over the next two years. For example, we will continue to support a strong presence at the public launch to keep aquatic invasive species out of Lone Lake. We will encourage and teach people how to preserve and protect their shorelines from erosion to keep sediment from polluting the lake. And, we will make information available so people know about good practices and regulations regarding sewers and lakeshore development. These and other actions will be detailed in our updated Lake Management Strategic Plan and distributed to members later in July.

Many of our members have given generously during this year’s and past membership drives to support our AIS educational efforts and to fund county inspections at the boat launch. Thank you! To further strengthen our AIS work, the board will be re-activating the AIS Zone Team concept. Volunteers will be trained to identify AIS, and will work with their neighbors to examine vegetation on docks. If you are interested in being involved, contact Linda Szymanski (AIS Team Leader) at ljsatthecabin@msn.com as we wish to get this program started this summer.

Even though the May 18 Road Clean-Up day was cool and rainy, the 15 volunteers stayed warm by enjoying hot coffee and rolls (donated by LLPOA member Mike Paulbeck, Paulbeck’s County Market) before heading out to pick up trash along Hwy. 81 and 28. Thank you volunteers for braving the elements to help keep the environment around Lone Lake beautiful! Participants included Fred Lane, Dick Preiner, Jerry Nelson, Linda and Zint Kics, Mustafa Bulut, Walt and Dianne Weisser, Peggy Bragelman, David Scott, Jennifer O’Neill, Linda Syzmanski, Jim Benda and Karen and Steve Frazier.

Even though the May 18 Road Clean-Up day was cool and rainy, the 15 volunteers stayed warm by enjoying hot coffee and rolls (donated by LLPOA member Mike Paulbeck, Paulbeck’s County Market) before heading out to pick up trash along Hwy. 81 and 28. Thank you volunteers for braving the elements to help keep the environment around Lone Lake beautiful! Participants included Fred Lane, Dick Preiner, Jerry Nelson, Linda and Zint Kics, Mustafa Bulut, Walt and Dianne Weisser, Peggy Bragelman, David Scott, Jennifer O’Neill, Linda Syzmanski, Jim Benda and Karen and Steve Frazier.

We also need to shout-out a big thank you to the 26 volunteers who are conducting the 2019 Membership Drive.

Membership in the LLPOA is $25. Among other things, your membership dollars support the development and dissemination of AIS and shoreline restoration information, water quality monitoring, the Lone Lake roster, sponsorship of the Aitkin Rivers and Lakes Fair, AIS inspections, and more. Our “human” environment is important, too, as your dollars also go toward making our annual meeting a sociable and fun, family-centered informative event.

You also can activate your membership online on our website using Pay Pal (click the donate button in the upper right corner) or send your check to LLPOA Box 10, Aitkin, MN 56431. Be sure to include any changes in your email or mailing address (membership form available here www.lonelake.org/membership)

Finally, I look forward to seeing you at this year’s annual meeting, which is July 20 at the Preiner property on Oak Ave. The event starts at 11 a.m. As usual, please bring a salad, main or side dish, or dessert to share. The association will provide beverages and be dishing out meat sandwiches and hot dogs.

Have a great spring on Lone Lake!
Steve Frazier, President


Welcome to another great summer on Lone

Hi Lone Lakers,

Welcome to another wonderful summer on beautiful Lone Lake. May is a busy one: many of you are opening up your cabins and putting your docks in. The lake association has also started the year at a sprinter’s pace. Here’s an update on what’s occurred, and a heads-up for what’s ahead.

On Saturday, May 4 we held our 2019 Future of Lone Lake Planning Session at the Aitkin Library to set lake association goals for the next five years in the areas of water quality, aquatic invasive species (AIS), zoning and land use, fisheries and wildlife, and water surface use. The 18 participants worked in teams to discuss issues facing the lake and potential ways to study, correct and improve conditions around the lake. All this work will come out in our 2019 Revised Lake Management Plan to be emailed to you. Copies will also be available at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 20. Teams will also be reporting on various goals throughout the summer in the newsletter.

Your neighbors who participated in the 2019 Future of Lone Lake Planning Session  Front Row (l to r): Linda Kics, Dianne Weisser, Dean Frost, Maureen Sanford, Kathryn Engdahl, and Jerry Baker. Back Row: Bob Kosloski, Walt Weisser, Michelle Decker, Zint Kics, Linda Szymanski, Karen Frazier, Beth-Anne Rowe and Dave Scott

Your neighbors who participated in the 2019 Future of Lone Lake Planning Session

Front Row (l to r): Linda Kics, Dianne Weisser, Dean Frost, Maureen Sanford, Kathryn Engdahl, and Jerry Baker. Back Row: Bob Kosloski, Walt Weisser, Michelle Decker, Zint Kics, Linda Szymanski, Karen Frazier, Beth-Anne Rowe and Dave Scott

AIS Boat Inspections took place from May 10-12 for the Fishing Opener. These are made possible by an Aitkin County grant program, which is supported partially by member dues and Minnesota state funding.

On Saturday, May 18 please join other Lone Lake neighbors for the semi-annual Road Clean-up. We will meet at the public beach at 9 a.m. for coffee and rolls, take a group picture, and organize into cleaning teams. Our lake environment is important both on and off the lake and we all share in the commitment to keep them clean, healthy and beautiful. This is an easy and fun service project that all members of the family can take part in and great time to meet other neighbors from around the lake.

The Memorial Weekend of May 24-27 is also a big association weekend as we will start the LLPOA membership drive and also have AIS boat inspections at the boat launch. Association volunteers will start calling on their neighbors to join the lake association, distribute information and answer members’ questions and concerns. Membership dues remain at $25. Checks can be made out to LLPOA and given to the caller volunteer or mailed to the LLPOA, P.O. Box 10, Aitkin, MN 56431, or paid online at www.lonelake.org using Pay Pal for a small additional fee for the electronic transfer. Additional donations are always appreciated to fund our AIS Boat Inspection Program as we work to protect our lake now and for the future.

Thanks again for your membership and support of our lake association.
Steve Frazier, President