Nisswa, Minnesota 56468
Photo by Ron Faust (Board Member)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
It seems hard to believe that the leaves are changing and in a couple of
CO-PRESIDENTS months our sky blue waters will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
Marvin Meyer - Gull, Wilson Bay
This summer has been very busy for your lake association:
John Taylor – Gull, East Side
• On July 16th we had our annual meeting where 100+ Lake Association
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/TREASURER members braved high winds and chilly temperatures at the Zappfe
Rosemary Goff – Margaret compound to have their questions answered by local law
963-3542, email@example.com enforcement, reports from the DNR Fisheries and statistics from the
Federal Dam. Then our featured speaker, DNR Biologist, Dan
Rob Johnson – Gull Narrows Swanson, gave a very informative report about the spread of
820-2431, firstname.lastname@example.org invasive species and how we all can help to prevent their spread.
Marvin Meyer – Gull, East Side
828-9577, email@example.com • We have continued and expanded our programs to keep invasive species
out of the Chain. This summer in addition to the I-LIDS (video camera’s at
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION public landing-see Safety and Rec Report) we worked with our
Robert Eliason – Bass Lake
resorts to have their staff trained to identify invasive species when their
guests land their boats. We were fortunate to once again get a matching
Ike Halliwill – Gull grant from the DNR to hire interns to inspect boats at the three public
825-9571; firstname.lastname@example.org landings and educate boaters on the importance of cleaning weeds off
Charles McQuinn – Gull, Northeast Side their boats.
• The stream and lake water testing programs continue in an effort
SAFETY & RECREATION
to protect and improve the water quality in the Chain. A special thank you
John Taylor – Gull, East Side
963-2229, email@example.com to Dr. Robert Eliason and Bob Toborg for volunteering their time to collect
the water samples.
Bob Toborg – Margaret
• This summer we had our second dock drop during which we left a
Steve Allex - Gull packet of information at each dock on the Chain. This resulted in 28
new families joining the Lake Association. We are still far from our goal of
Tim Brastrup - DNR Representative, Fisheries
having a majority of property owners belonging to their Lake Association.
833-8636; firstname.lastname@example.org Whenever you are together with your neighbors ask if they are members,
and if not have them e-mail Rosemary at: email@example.com or call 963-3542
Mark Engstrand – Gull, East Side for a membership application. If we all do this, we would double our
Ron Faust – Gull
961-1617; firstname.lastname@example.org • Our Website will be undergoing some changes this fall so be sure and
visit and see what is happening, and to get updates as to what your lake
MaryKay Larson – US Army Corps of Engineers
Manager, Gull Lake Dam Recreation Area association is doing.
If you have any questions on this please email me at email@example.com.
Cathy Taylor – Gull, East Side
Thank you and have a wonderful fall.
Dave Anderson – Bass Lake
LAKES PRINTING CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY
EX-OFFICIO PRESIDENTS Lakes Printing in Brainerd is the only business that is allowed access to
Dore Mesch - Upper Gull our Association member list and only for the purpose of mailing our
568-5612, firstname.lastname@example.org newsletter. They have issued the following confidentiality policy.
Bill Rickmeyer - Gull, West Side
963-4893, Bill.email@example.com We have a strict policy of confidentiality. We will not sell, trade, swap or
in any other way use your list for anything except mailing your newslet-
ter. We understand fully that you are the owner of the list and we simply
have an electronic copy on our system for your use. This policy is not just
for the Gull Chain of Lakes Association, it is applied to all customers.
DOCKS, BOATS AND BOAT LIFT REMOVAL CAUTION
With dock, boat lift, and boat removal season almost upon us, please join in helping prevent the spread of zebra
mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil into the Gull Chain of Lakes.
Many of the dock installers work on several lakes. If you hire someone to do any of this work for you, please
ensure they do not unwittingly introduce one of these invasive aquatic species (AIS) into the Chain. Ask them if
they have been in any of the following infested waters with their waders, trailers, floats, etc. If they have, verify
that their equipment (even waders) has been properly checked and cleaned before allowing them to enter one of
the Lakes. If they haven’t taken the proper precautions, hire someone who has.
If you rent a trailer to take your boat, boat lift or pontoon out of the lake yourself, ask where the trailer has been. If
it has been in a lake or river infested with aquatic invasive species, don’t rent it unless it can be verified that the
trailer has been properly checked and cleaned.
Crow Wing County waters infested with zebra mussels:
Black Bear Lake
Half Moon Lake
Little Rabbit Lake
Crow Wing County waters infested
with Eurasian watermilfoil
Lower Mission Lake
Highway 371, Nisswa
Upper Mission Lake
1620 Mary Fawcett
Cass County waters infested Memorial Dr
with Eurasian watermilfoil East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Cass County waters infested
with faucet snail
Thank you for doing your part! Buying or Selling? Downsizing or Relocating?
Donate your home, land, furniture, household goods,
sporting goods, lawn mowers, cars, trucks, vans, boats,
trailers, snow mobiles, ATVs, campers or trailers to our
Annual Outdoor Auction.
We accept donations year-round and pick up service is
available. Your donation is tax deductible. Confidence
Learning Center is a recognized 501 (c)3 organization
providing outdoor education and recreation experiences to
persons of all ages with developmental disabilities.
PRIVATE BOAT LANDINGS BOAT INSPECTIONS
Ike Halliwill, Board Member
During the summer of 2009 the Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA), with the support of the DNR,
implemented a program to spread the message about aquatic hitchhikers to private boat landings on Gull
Lake. With the support of Keri Hull, the Brainerd area DNR watercraft inspection program specialist,
GCOLA contacted eight of the popular private landings. The reception was positive at all locations and
many are already quite knowledgeable about the aquatic invasive species problem. All are interested in
learning more and anxious to do whatever is necessary to keep Gull Lake free of the aquatic hitchhikers.
Those participating this year were: Craguns, Maddens, Gull Lake and Quarterdeck Resorts and Ernies
on Gull Restaurant.
In May 2010, a follow-up meeting will be held at Ernie’s on Gull at which Kavanaugh’s Resort, Camp
Confidence and Pierz Marine will participate as well as new employees of this year’s participants. Thank
you to Keri Hull (DNR) for support at meetings, and for providing current brochures, and to Tim
Brastrup (DNR) for making new signage available.
At each of the locations, GCOLA is assuring that state of the art signage reminding boaters to check and
clean vegetation from their boats is in place, and that current brochures about aquatic hitchhikers are
available. The main objective is to continue educating the public.
DOCK RULES REVISION
By Rosemary Goff, Board Member
The DNR is currently finalizing proposed changes in rules covering the size of docks and other structures
in public waters. With a 60 day notice required for public hearings, it appears they will not take place
until sometime after the first of the year. Once the public hearings are scheduled, the proposed rules will
be made public. They are planning to have public hearings in 2 to 4 locations, with at least one to be in
the Brainerd area and one in the metro area. Their plan is to have an afternoon and evening session at
each hearing location. Written comments can also be submitted during the 60 day notice period. Once
hearings are scheduled I will notify Lake Association members who have provided their e-mail
addresses of the times and places.
The proposed rules, Statement of Need and Reasonableness will appear on the DNR web site at:
Comments and questions can also be directed to Tom Hovey at the MN DNR Waters at 651-259-5654 or:
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BAIT USE AND DISPOSAL
Submitted by Tim Brastrup, Area Fisheries Supervisor, Brainerd.
The bait industry in Minnesota is a vital part of the angling recreation business community and a necessity for many
types of angling and for many species of game fish. Like any component of outdoor recreation, bait use and
disposal are important issues in the process of preventing the spread of invasive species. Following are rules that
govern disposal of bait and guidelines for preventing the spread of invasive species:
1. It is illegal to dump unwanted minnow and leeches in any body of water. They should be buried or composted or
other legal manner.
2. Minnows and leeches taken with a cylindrical trap from waters infested with Eurasian watermilfoil may only be
used for fishing at that body of water where taken. Taking of bait from other infested waters and using them
elsewhere is unlawful.
3. Seines may not be over 25 feet long or more than 148 meshes deep with ¼-inch bar measure, or more than 197
meshes deep with 3/16-inch bar measure.
4. Traps used on non-eurasian watermilfoil waters may not exceed a width and length of 30 inches, height may not
exceed 15 inches, the diameter or width of the opening may not exceed 1 1⁄2 inches, and mesh size may not exceed
½ inch bar measure. Traps must have a waterproof tag bearing the name and address of the owner.
5. It is unlawful to use throw nets to harvest minnows.
6. A DNR permit is required to possess more than 24 dozen minnows or leeches; to sell, export or import; or to take
minnows or leeches from designated trout waters.
7. A permit from the DNR, 500 Lafayette Street, St. Paul, MN is required to take madtoms and stonecats in Dodge,
Freeborn, or Mower Counties.
8. All streams and associated tributaries and connected waters of the Missouri River watershed in Lincoln,
Pipestone, Murray, Rock, or Nobles Counties that lie south of U.S. Highway 14 to the Iowa border and west of U.S.
Highway 59 to South Dakota are closed to minnow harvest. Minnows may be taken by angling for personal use.
Invasive Species Laws
It is unlawful to:
1. Transport aquatic plants, ruffe, round goby, zebra mussel, or other prohibited invasive species on public roads.
2. Transport infested water, including in livewells and bait containers.
3. To keep unused bait at spiny water flea- or zebra mussel-infested waters, drain and replace with tap or spring
4. Launch a watercraft with aquatic plants, zebra mussels or prohibited invasive species attached.
5. Harvest bait (minnows, frogs, crayfish or other wild animals) from infested waters.
6. Exception: Harvest for personal use is permitted in waters infested SOLELY with Eurasian watermilfoil.
Harvested bait must ONLY be used in the water from which it is harvested. Bait may only be harvested using a
cylindrical minnow trap not exceeding 16 inches in diameter and 32 inches in length.
Prohibited Invasive Species includes: Silver carp, bighead carp, Eurasian watermilfoil, round goby, ruffe, zebra
mussel, New Zealand mudsnail, spiny water flea. A complete list of prohibited species can be found at
www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives or by calling the DNR information line.
STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!
1. Remove visible plants and animals from your boat, trailer, and other boating equipment before leaving the water
access. Be sure to check around the space in front of the outboard motor propeller.
2. Drain water from your boat, motor, livewell, and bait containers before leaving the water access. You must
remove the drain plug prior to leaving any spiny water flea or zebra mussel infested waters.
3. Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Never release live bait, including earth worms or night crawlers.
4. Spray, rinse, or dry boats and recreational equipment before transporting to another water body. Spray/rinse
with high pressure and/or hot tap water (above 120 degrees F) or dry at least five days.
See the updated list of infested waters in Minnesota by going online to the DNR website at
Many of you have complained about the prevalence of swimmer’s itch this past summer. Swimmer’s itch is a form
of dermatitis caused by the immature life stage of a fluke or flat worm. Other names include Schistosomiasis and
Schistosome dermatitis. A common name that is a misnomer is “chiggers”. Swimmer’s itch and chiggers are two
different conditions. Chiggers are any of various small six-legged larvae of mites of the family Trombidiidae,
causing intensely irritating itching when lodged on the skin. Swimmer’s itch is not caused by an insect or mite, but
a parasite of waterfowl or other birds that live over water.
The parasitic life cycle begins with an adult fluke in the gut of a duck, red-winged blackbird, or other species of bird
that live near water. The fluke matures in the duck’s gut and lays eggs that are carried out of the bird with fecal
material. When the microscopic eggs drop in the water they hatch into a larval form called a miracidia, which
burrows into a snail. The snail becomes the intermediate host while the miracidia transforms into a cercariae. The
cercariae, small fork-tailed immature stage, leave the snail and seek out a duck on the water. Normally if they enter
the skin of a duck, they will burrow through the tissue and fluid systems of the duck and into the gut of the duck,
where they mature into an adult fluke and complete their life cycle. When the cercariae are seeking out a duck but
encounter a human, they burrow into the skin and quickly die because the human body’s immune system kills it.
The severe itch and accompanying welt is an allergic reaction to the infection. The parasite, aside from the itch,
causes no other disease or parasitic condition in humans.
Some people show no symptoms of swimmer’s itch, even though others swimming at the same time and place
break out severely. In fact, only about 30 to 40% of the human population is sensitive to swimmer’s itch. Much like
poison ivy, some people react severely to the slightest exposure, while others may not respond at all. Also like
poison ivy, people tend to become more sensitive with each exposure.
As long as waterfowl and snails inhabit Minnesota lakes, swimmer’s itch is likely to be a source of irritation for
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There are no sure ways to prevent getting swimmer’s itch, but there are some things that people can do to reduce
the likelihood of getting it:
1. Avoid swimming or wading in shallow water near shore. If practical, swim from a boat or raft out some distance
from shore, in deeper water. Swimmers will encounter far fewer of the organisms farther from shore in deeper
water. This may not be practical for poor swimmers or small children.
2. Towel off immediately after leaving the water. Although the flukes can enter your skin while you are in the
water, you can also carry them out of the lake in the droplets of water on your skin. The organism may attempt to
enter your skin as the droplets of water evaporate. So, if swimmer’s itch is a problem in the lake where you swim,
towel off immediately after getting out of the water. Getting in and out of the water repeatedly, and allowing
water to dry on your skin, greatly increases the chance of getting “the itch”.
3. Do not swim on days when there is an on-shore breeze toward your property or where you are swimming. The
free-floating flukes are generally found near the surface of the water. As a result, they are easily moved by wind
and wave action, often concentrating in greater numbers close to the windward shore. Because the swimmer’s
itch organism is easily moved, it is difficult to identify where the snails that released the flukes are located.
4. Do not encourage waterfowl to loaf on your dock. On lakes where swimmer’s itch is a concern, do not attract
waterfowl to your dock, or shoreline by feeding them. Waterfowl are a critical link in the life cycle of the
organism, and the presence of ducks can increase the likelihood of the parasite being there as well.
5. Snail control with copper sulfate. The application of copper sulfate to swimming areas may provide some relief
from swimmer’s itch. Copper sulfate kills many of the snails, but not all of them which may be the source of
swimmer’s itch. However, relief from swimmer’s itch provided by a copper sulfate treatment may be short lived.
The snails present at the time of the application will be killed, but snails that enter the area following treatment
will not be affected. In addition, the snails that are the source of the swimmer’s itch may not be in the area
treated. For these reasons the effectiveness of a copper sulfate treatment for control of swimmer’s itch is variable.
If you decide to use copper sulfate, a permit from the DNR is required. Staff at the DNR, Aquatic Plant
Management Office in Brainerd, would be glad to explain the permit application process and how to calculate
how much copper sulfate is needed. Their phone number is 218/828-2735.
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AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES IN MINNESOTA’S WATERS – AN AQUADEMIC
Position Paper and Recommendations of Minnesota Waters (Adopted April 29, 2009)
Executive Summary – Full Position Paper Available at www.minnesotawaters.org
How do you describe a condition where harmful polluting agents spread rapidly to new lakes and rivers, are self-replicating,
and cannot be treated effectively or eradicated once they have been introduced?
Minnesota Waters calls this condition an Aquatic Epidemic – or an Aquademic.
“Our lakes and rivers are under attack by aquatic invasive species (AIS). These aggressive, non-native organisms are a direct threat to the
diversity and abundance of our native aquatic species, and to the ecological stability of our state’s waters. AIS are a huge problem because
our native habitats have no natural controls – predators, pathogens, or parasites – to slow or limit the expansion of AIS populations. This
unchecked AIS growth can quickly overrun an aquatic ecosystem and its species, as well as a devastating impact on businesses and
recreation activities that rely on them.” - Harry Gibbons, President, North American Lake Management Society.
At Minnesota Waters, we believe the current AIS aquademic is one of our state’s defining ecologic, economic, and social crises.
And while education, awareness and voluntary actions have greatly increased Minnesotans’ knowledge of AIS – and prompted
some positive action to stem their spread -- more must be done. AIS are a serious and pervasive threat to our lakes and rivers.
To beat them, we will need to make equally serious investments and cultural changes. We need to change the game.
WHAT ARE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS)?
Aquatic Invasive Species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that live primarily in water, thrive in a new environment, and
cause economic loss, environmental damage, and harm to human health. The senior science editor for Discover, Alan Burdick, refers to
this new era as the ‘Homogecene’ – where the greatest threat to biological diversity is “not bulldozers or pesticides, but in a
sense, nature itself.” Aquatic invasive species are responsible for several categorical problems, including:
• Ecology. AIS cause ecological damage through predation, competition and displacement of native plants and animals, or
through habitat alteration and destruction.
• Economy. AIS can have dramatic economic impacts, including reduced tourism and property values.
• Recreation. AIS overrun desirable species, impede water access, foul swimming areas, and reduce an area’s aesthetic appeal.
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• Commerce and public infrastructure. AIS impede commercial transport, clog water intakes and have other physical impacts
and impediments to infrastructure and commerce.
• Human health. AIS may cause or contribute to human health concerns including disease, the accumulation of toxins and
infections in fish, and in the case of zebra mussels, unsafe beaches caused by the accumulation of sharp shells. Also, there are
cases where drowning victims have become entangled in milfoil.
AIS IN MINNESOTA
AIS have been in our state for more than a century (e.g., common carp, curlyleaf pondweed); however, their recognition as a
threat worthy of special attention has occurred more recently. Our modern AIS era began with the discovery of Eurasian
watermilfoil (EWM) in Lake Minnetonka in 1987. EWM has since spread to many other lakes -- including many in the Metro
There are currently about a dozen species of plants and animals in Minnesota’s waters that cause significant damage, and for
which we have little or no control. Some AIS infest hundreds of Minnesota’s waters, while others currently only infest a few
waters, or have yet to arrive in our state. However, the spread of AIS within Minnesota’s inland waters is rapidly increasing
and the infestation within individual water bodies will most likely be exponential.
The spread of AIS is primarily caused by recreational watercraft moving to and from Minnesota’s waters – both within the
state, and from outside the state. Minnesota has a large number of lakes and rivers and a high per capita boat ownership and
use. And our laws, regulations and culture, have evolved to allow broad use and enjoyment of our abundant water resources.
Unfortunately, this long tradition of love and appreciation for aquatic activities now facilitates the spread of AIS.
WHY AIS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED NOW
• New AIS continue to enter Minnesota. (The species nearest Minnesota and of highest concern include hydrilla and VHS).
• The number of Minnesota lakes and rivers infested with AIS is increasing.
• All AIS have harmful impacts to some degree.
• There are no known cases where AIS have been eradicated from a body of water once it has been introduced.
BARRIERS TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Our response to date has been far from adequate. When EWM was discovered in Lake Minnetonka, lawmakers and local
communities were quick to take action. However, the effort gradually lost momentum. Current research on control and
prevention of AIS is minimal, both in Minnesota and across the nation. Existing prevention efforts rely mainly on education,
awareness and voluntary actions. That’s a good start. But it’s not nearly enough. Unless we substantially change our
underlying philosophy, management, control systems and investments, the AIS problem will continue to spread.
There are a number of obstacles that make it difficult for our state to mount an effective response to the AIS problem:
• Scale and complexity. Given the size and complexity of the issue, it is easy to throw up our hands and accept the spread of
AIS as inevitable.
• Lack of effective controls. For most AIS, there are no known eradication methods. For many others, there are no control
methods. Moreover, for AIS that can be controlled, the methods often carry public stigma. For example, curlyleaf pondweed
or Eurasian watermilfoil can be controlled with herbicides that do not harm native plants and have been deemed safe by
government regulators; however, use of these herbicides often face stiff resistance from the public.
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• Culture and Attitudes. Perhaps the single greatest challenge to confronting and improving our state’s AIS prevention and
management system is our culture and attitudes. We love our lakes and rivers, and are reluctant to change how we use them
– even if those changes are necessary to protect them. Because AIS primarily spread by hitchhiking on watercraft, we must
reexamine our systems for inspecting and controlling. Does it make sense to allow unfettered movement of watercraft if that
unfettered movement destroys the value and integrity of the waters themselves?
IT’S NOT TOO LATE…BUT WE CAN’T WAIT
Minnesota’s response to the AIS problem has evolved over the past two decades in a piecemeal fashion. As a result, we lack a
comprehensive management system, and we lack a sense of urgency.
Because AIS pose larger political, economic, cultural and social challenges, many comprehensive or critical analyses tend to shy
away from, rather than confront, these implications of AIS impacts. Many citizens, resources users and management agencies
have demonstrated a kind of ‘hot potato’ approach to confronting AIS problems – the ‘hot potato’ being the obvious conflicts or
confrontations with the scale, scope and scariness of the AIS problem.
Because an effective AIS response will require us to change how we use our state’s waters, many people instinctively react with
skepticism. This kind of skepticism typically goes through three stages:
• First, they tell you you’re wrong and can prove it
• Second, they tell you you’re right, but it doesn’t matter
• Third, they tell you it matters but it’s too late to do anything about it.
The good news is that it’s not too late for us to tackle the AIS problem. At least not yet. Thanks to the statewide cooperation of
citizens, recreationalists, tourism industries, businesses, and agencies, less than 1% of Minnesota’s waters are currently infested with
AIS like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Of course, this also means that 99% of our waters are still at risk and need to
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We are now at a fork in the road. We can continue down our current path that has evolved over the past two decades into a
collective body of laws and programs that have proven to be inadequate. Or we can choose a better path.
In our view, the status quo is not an option. Neither are incremental, patchwork fixes. “You can optimize individual pieces up
to a point,” says Thomas Friedman in Hot, Flat & Crowded, “[But] if you don’t scrap the whole system and put a new system in
place, ultimately everything will be constrained. [On the other hand,] if you put together a new system, and you do it right,
everything starts to get better.”
Unless we transform our approach, AIS will steadily overrun Minnesota’s lakes and rivers – with devastating results for our
state’s businesses, communities, and recreation. The AIS management system in Minnesota is constrained by outdated laws
and cultural norms and is seriously broken. We need to reexamine the legal, regulatory cultural framework that has allowed
AIS to become a large problem, and establish a new system for stemming the AIS aquademic.
1. Minnesota Waters recommends the state adopt an AIS management system that prioritizes its activities, especially by
devoting more focus and resources to prevention.
2. Minnesota Waters recommends that 80% of all state resources for AIS be devoted to prevention1. As well, prevention
programs and activities should be diversified to include education/awareness, containment of new AIS infestations,
containment of AIS in ‘super spreaders,’ licensing of service providers, more enforcement of state laws and rules, uniform
AIS prevention laws, reducing invasibility and allowing/supporting citizen-based prevent programs.
3. Minnesota Water recommends a flexible and multi-faceted approach to AIS that recognizes and responds to situational
differences among various regions of the state.
4. Minnesota Waters recommends increased funding for the AIS prevention program (excluding grant funding) - should be
doubled compared to the 2009 program.
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AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES IN MINNESOTA’S WATERS – AN AQUADEMIC
5. Minnesota Waters recommends increased funding for AIS prevention and control grants to local interests1.
Program Current Funding Funding that is Necessary
• AIS Prevention Grants $100,000 per year $1,500,000 per year
• Milfoil Nuisance Control $200,000 per year $200,000 per year
• EWM & CLP Pilot Projects $400,000 per year $1,500,000 per year
6. Minnesota Waters recommends that AIS (plant) control be encouraged in manners that protect native plants and encourage
restoration by requiring Lake Vegetation Management Plans (LVMPs), providing grant funding for LVMPs, eliminating
permit fees and encouraging lake-wide controls by eliminating riparian consents.
7. Minnesota Waters recommends that a dialog be initiated among Minnesota’s resource managers and policy makers to re-
examine the legal, cultural and social framework that now prevents consideration of Level 3 (a more stringent level described
in the full report) AIS management system that includes these elements: quarantine2 of waters, significant increases in fines
and penalties for AIS laws, new funding, inspection fees, providing local authorities to control accesses (while protecting
public access rights).
Perhaps most important, we must find a way to balance the issues of access and control. Changes that threaten to interfere with
our boating culture -- such as ‘quarantines,’ ‘fees,’ ‘restrictions,’ ‘herbicides’ and ‘inspections’ – tend to elicit a knee-jerk
response. But in order to save the waters we love so much, these concepts must at least be on the table for discussion and
evaluation. Too often, people try to rationalize their resistance through statements such as ‘Eurasian watermilfoil is good for
fishing’ or ‘AIS are carried by waterfowl and can’t be stopped.’ Unless we are willing to tackle the cultural issue, and confront
the difficult conflicts between access and control, Minnesota’s waters are at high risk of being permanently and irreversibly
1 Summary of state funding recommendations – AIS Prevention, $10 million annually; AIS control, $2.5 million annually.
2 Here we use quarantine to mean a very strict monitoring, inspection and assurance of recreational watercraft and other vectors being AIS-free as opposed to
the absolute prohibition of public access to lakes and rivers.
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It seems like it was only yesterday that I was putting the buoys in for the 2009 boating season, and now it is almost
time to remove the buoys again. We plan on having the system removed, cleaned, and stored at Lost Lake Lodge by
the 1st of October. We once again want to extend a big thank you to Lost Lake Lodge for allowing the Lake
Association to store our buoy system on their point during the winter.
This past summer we again lost several lights and some buoys from boats running into the buoys. At a cost of
almost $300 per buoy with light, this carelessness gets expensive. It can’t be good for your boats either so be
The I-LIDS (the video camera’s) we installed at the Zorbaz Public Landing, The Federal Dam Public Landing, and
the DNR Public Landing by Bay Colony Inn all were a success. My home is one house away from one of the
landings and I have noticed that once people see the sign that they will be monitored by cameras the majority
proceed to check and clean their boats. This is a noticeable change from past years. The I-LIDS, in combination
with the DNR interns we hired to monitor the landings 40+ hours a week, are going a long way in helping to keep
exotic aquatic species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil out of the Chain. Also, for the 11th straight
year this fall we again did a seven section search for Eurasian Milfoil.
Next June, we will again be helping the Crow Wing Sheriff Department with 2-3 Water Safety classes to teach
proper boating rules to our young children. Look in the Spring Newsletter for info on this training.
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Welcome 2009 New Members!
John & Joan Akin, Upper Gull Gregg & Julie Getchell, Gull Joseph Pietrafitta, Gull
Mark Anderson, Narrows Jim & Laleen Goerges, Gull Paul Rosel, Gull Narrows
Keith & Karen Barnes, Gull Dave & Mary Hennies, Gull Herb & Helen Sands, Gull
Stephen & Mary Battista, Gull Richard Huesing, Gull Matthew & Cassandra Seymour, Gull
Marwin & Maxine Bogue, Upper Gull Helen Klaers, Gull Don Snell & Barbara Huso, Gull
Jeffrey & Janet Bowers Marc & Linda Kuhnley, Spider Ed & Kate Thompson, Margaret
Donald “Bud” Chase, Gull David & Jean Linne, Gull Greg & Beth Windfeldt, Gull
Alvin & Kathleen Eckloff, Upper Gull Dan & Judy McAthie, Gull Marla & Trevor Yoho, Gull
Rick & Margaret Ganyo, Gull Lowell & Linda Naley, Gull
Tom Geiger, Gull Jerry & Maggie Nelson, Gull
(Names printed are those who have contributed more than the $50 dues amount.
John Arnoldy & Sue Hansen, Gull Timber Ridge Property Owners Assn.
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Andy & Kristi Anderson, Nisswa Carl & Kathie Challgren, Gull Jim & Laleen Goerges, Gull
Clifford & Nancy Anderson, Gull Kathleen Chapman, Gull John & Bette Goplen, Gull
Ann Arhart, Gull Bill Clifford, Gull Chuck & Clairene Grillo, Gull
Dave & Sandy Baldwin, Margaret Glen & Sandy Cook, Margaret John & Jane Guild, Gull
Vicki & Buzz Benson, Gull Tom & Rose Costello, Gull Ike & Sharon Halliwill, Gull
Joan and Ray Benson, Nisswa Bill & Ginny Dingle, Gull George & Christina Hart, Gull
Kevin & Patrice Betterly, Gull Richard Dore, Gull Derrill & Marilyn Holland, Gull
Carol & Don Birkeland, Bass Vincent & Martha Driessen, Gull Paul & Colleen Holmquist, Gull
Jerry & Lois Bjurstrom, Upper Gull Kevin & Betsy Egan, Margaret Carol Hylton & Joan Ward, Gull
Matt & Lonnie Boe, Upper Gull Dave & Debby Felske, Gull John & Julie Ingleman, Margaret
Ron & Jean Brown, Gull Michele Fuerstenberg, Gull Clark & Carolyn Johnson, Gull
John & Ann Bunten, Gull Steve & Charlotte Garske, Gull Arnold & JoAnn Johnson, Gull
Dan & Karen Caspersen, Upper Gull Gregg & Julie Getchell, Gull Rob & Pat Johnson, Gull
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2009 NEW MEMBERS AND DONATORS
Stan & Bonnie Jorgenson, Gull Arne & Lisa Moores, Gull Robert & Loriese Stoll, Gull
Todd & Anita Kimmes, Gull Joe & Kathy Mucha, Gull Rey & Vicki Swanson, Gull
Kurt & Michele Kittleson, Gull Jeff & Sandy Norblom, Roy Marc & Beth Swiontkowski. Margaret
Roger & Marie Landsburg, Gull David & Kathy Olson, Gull John Tarbuck, Gull
Chuck & Nan Larson, Upper Gull Dona Pierce, Margaret Carlotta & Gene Tutor, Gull
Doug & Pat Lewis, Gull Mark & Terri Poindexter, Spider Mary Vilett, Gull
Carlisle & Ellen Mabrey, Gull Mick & Jeanne Qualen, Gull Roger & Sandra Willow, Gull
David & Susan Mandt, Gull Woody & Peggy Rash, Gull Alex & Michelle Wilson, Gull
Robert McMenoman, Gull John & Jackie Reedy, Gull Sue Winterstein, Gull Narrows
Charles McQuinn, Gull Kirk & Mariann Roebken, Gull
Colleen Mooney, Gull Richard & Barbara Sankovitz, Gull
Bill & Sally Anderson, Gull Greg & Cindy Hames, Gull Peter & Patricia Mohin, Gull
Martha Anderson, Nisswa Steve & Mary Hanousek, Margaret Tim & Cindy Moore, Gull Narrows
Richard & Susan Asinger, Gull Chuck & Kathy Hanson, Gull Mark & Kristen Moran, Gull
Wayne and Jan Anderson, Margaret James & Pamela Hanson, Gull Bob & Deanna Morken, Gull
Kenneth & Mary Baker, Gull Bruce & Linda Harrier, Bass Mark & Shirley Muesing, Gull
Looe III & Mary Ann Baker, Gull Sylvia Hanson & Jerome Kleven, Spider James & Wendy Mullaney, Gull
Pat & Sandy Baldwin, Gull Bill & Barbara Harrison, Roy Lowell & Linda Naley, Gull
Looe Baker, Gull Bill & Kathy Haug, Gull Ronald Naslund, Gull
Jeff & Cheryl Bartels, Spider/Roy Ron & Lisa Have, Gull Clint & Carol Nelson, Gull
Mark & Angie Benson, Nisswa Ron & Sally Helmer, Upper Gull Kurt & Stephanie Nelson, Margaret
Leslie & Wayne Benz, Love Don & Yvonne Henderson, Roy Robert & Marianne Nemeth, Gull
Vernon & Lois Berglin, Gull Mike & Pat Henkemeyer, Gull Curtis & Sandra Nielsen, Gull
Uldis & Pat Birznieks, Gull Dan & Lise Herren, Upper Gull Dan & Sue Padrnos, Gull
Linda Blaisdell, Gull Jerry Hewitt, Nisswa Thomas & Janet Palermo, Nisswa
John & Mary Boeder, Gull Jennifer Hicks, Gull Denise & Steve Parks, Gull
Fred & Mary Boos, Gull Derrill & Marilyn Holland, Gull Don & Carrie Pearson, Gull
Robert & Terrie Borman, Gull Todd & Eileen Holland, Nisswa Don & Charlaine Perkl, Gull
Don Bottemiller, Gull Ron & Ginger Hustvedt, Upper Gull Dale & Jeri Peterson, Gull
Justin & Pat Bratnober, Gull Don & Marilyn Johannsen, Gull David & Rebecca Peterson, Gull
Bill & Phyllis Bryan, Gull Bruce & Sharalyn Johnson, Roy John & Cathy Pfeil, Roy
Mike & Jean Buller, Gull Jim & Jody Johnson, Gull Mary & Doug Platt, Gull
Barbara Campbell, Gull Evan & Shea Johnson, Margaret John & Jeanne Porter, Gull
Keith & Mary Fran Campbell, Gull Les & Judy Johnson, Channel Narrows Kent & Jane Powell, Gull
Sara Campbell, Gull Don & Sally Jones, Gull Gordon & Judy Pryor, Gull
Lowell & Carol Carlson, Gull Dennis & Joyce Kamstra, Gull Steve & Ruth Quisberg, Gull
Peggy Carlson, Upper Gull Al & Melinda Kehe, Nisswa David & Mary Jo Reed, Gull
Hal & Mary Elizabeth Carr, Gull Dennis & Roberta Keller, Gull Craig & Kay Robinson, Gull
Mike & Julia Chaney, Gull Bob & Marge Keppel, Gull Don & Patty Rodingen, Gull
Tim & Polly Conroy, Gull Orrin & Judy Kessel, Channel Narrows Susan & Bob Rogers, Gull
Bo & Cheryl Cote, Gull Chris Kienstra, Gull Diane & Paul Roth, Gull
Randy & Carol Cote, Gull Kismet Partnership, Gull Ken Roth, Roy
Dutch & Irma Cragun, Gull David Knapp & Jerilyn Rogers, Gull Walter Roth, Gull
Thomas Dagget, Upper Gull Gary & Kelley Knight, Margaret Allen 7 Linda Saeks, Gull
Cindy & Phil Dalen, Gull Monica & Mark Kovalchuk, Gull Don & Nancy Samuelson, Gull
Jim & Jane Daly, Upper Gull Gary & Laurie Kraus, Gull Jim & Lisa Schaffhausen, Gull
Jeff Day, Roy Rob & Colleen Krebs, Gull Jeanne & Charles Scheiderer, Gull Lake Association
Tom & Bobbie Deans, Gull Arnold Kretchmer, Margaret Peter & Goodie Schmitz, Gull
Louis Dehner & Becky Pew, Gull Marc & Linda Kuhnley, Spider Anthony & Renee Schwaller, Gull
Ben & Rhoda Drake, Gull Larry Lacher, Gull Greg & Nancy Schwanbeck, Gull
Alvin & Kathleen Eckloff, Upper Gull Elaine Leach, Margaret Keith & Nini Sieck, Gull
Jim & Gail Ehlen Wayne & Mary Leland, Upper Gull Keith & Molly Sorensen, Nisswa
John & Ginny Ehlen, Margaret H. Laury & Marilyn LePage Larry & Judy stemper, Gull
Thomas Eisler, Narrows Douglas & Linda Linder, Gull John & Grace Steuri, Gull
Wendell & Carole Eliseuson, Gull Rolland Loomer, Margaret Ken & Diane Stevens, Gull
Bob & Laura Eng, Upper Gull Arnold & Marilyn Lubrecht, Gull Tom and Patricia Stieger, Gull
Craig & Margie Ensign, Gull Mike & Sandy Luker, Gull Stoneridge on Gull Assoc., Upper Gull
Don & Gayle Erickson, Gull Jim & Barbara Lupient, Gull Tom & Sandy Sydloski, Spider
Jerry & Sandy Erickson, Upper Gull Roger & Judy Lykins, Gull Craig & Rita Theis, Roy
Curt & Julie Evert, Gull Jerry & Lori Lyng, Gull Dave & Marlys Thies, Gull
Lynn Ewing, Gull Judy & Joe Marchel, Gull Rod & Carol Thole, Gull
David Foster, Roy Steve & Janell Madison, Gull Brian & Deb Thuringer, Gull
Lloyd & Connie Foster, Upper Gull Paul & Barb Maki, Gull Danny Van Roy, Gull
Bill & Sharon Frank, Gull Tom & Tammy Malat, Gull Carlos & Elsie Zapffe-Verdeja, Gull
Robert & Roberta Freese, Roy Peter Mann & Mary Tyler, Gull Harlan Wachholz, Roy
Clare Fulton, Gull Lee & Linda Martin, Upper Gull Doug & Deb Wagman, Gull
Rich & Barb Gabriel, Gull Katharine Marvin, Gull Cooper & Linda Weeks, Gull
David & Janet Galassi, Gull David McCarthy, Gull Peg & Amy Wellik, Gull
Joe & Diane Galassi, Gull Harriet & Shelley McDonald, Gull Roger & Diane Wenschlag, Gull
Bob & Pat Galligan, Gull Mike & Deb McGray, Bass Dorothy Whitmer, Gull
Dr. John Gawlik, Jr., Gull Robert Miller & Janie Koch, Gull John & Juliene Wood, Upper Gull
Michael Gibson, Gull Phill & Jean McMullen, Upper Gull Kim & Karen Wood, Gull
Paul & Shelley Gintner, Gull David McNair, Gull Jim & Trish Woerner, Upper Gull
Stan & Anne Glad, Roy Al & Mary Agnes McQuinn, Gull Steve & Lois Zauhar, Gull
Thomas & Betty Green Marv & Pat Meyer, Gull George & Kelli Zeller, Gull
Alan & Jane Gunsbury, Gull Bob & Alma Miller, Gull
James & Mry Jane Halvorson, Gull Lake Joyce & Bill Mitsch. Upper Gull
Association Jim & Jan Moe, Gull
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GULL LAKE PROFILES - SANDY BEACH RESORT
This is an ongoing column focusing on local businesses and community leaders in the Gull Chain of Lakes area.
Sandy Beach Resort is a family operated resort on Gull Lake owned by Keith and
Pam Rice. Keith’s great grandfather, Gustav Schumacher, purchased the property
in about 1903 when it was just a small farm with lots of woods and brush. In 1938,
his son Herbert and daughter-in-law Lillian built the first cabins and so Sandy
Beach Resort was born.
Many people came to buy baked goods from the small store Lillian operated out of their home on the point. Over
the years, Herbert and Lillian’s children, Nancy and Lee, were also involved in the operation. Sometime in the mid
1960’s the main home and office/store was turned into a restaurant by Lee and Neta Schumacher and was known
as The Point Room. It served guests at the resort as well as people coming by boat to dine. It closed in the early
After Lillian died in 1968, the property was divided into two resorts – Sandy Point with ten cabins and Sandy Beach
with nine cabins. In about 1978 Lee decided the area had become too populated for him and he sold his half to
Nancy and moved to northern Minnesota to operate another resort. Nancy and Bill subsequently operated the
Sandy Beach Resort with 21 cabins. Bill died in 1981 and Keith and Pam helped Nancy run the resort. Six more
cabins were added in 1985. Keith and Pam purchased the resort in 1997 when Nancy retired and added a five cabin
resort formerly known as Manatauk Resort. Keith and Pam’s three children, Shane, Eric and Melissa, are also
actively involved in operating the resort.
They have a number of families who have vacationed at Sandy Beach Resort for more than 35-40 years. They have
a small store in their office and are quite well known by guests and neighbors for their large selection of candy. In
2006, they built a tennis court and offer a pontoon and a 15hp motor all set up on a 14 foot boat for their guests.
They plan to keep Sandy Beach Resort a family resort and operate it as they have for more than three generations.
MEET YOUR BOARD MEMBERS - RONALD FAUST, MD
Dr. Ron Faust has been a member of GCOLA since 1996 and a board member since 2008. Ron grew
up and went to college and medical school in New Orleans, Louisiana. He moved to the northern
end of the Mississippi in 1973, when he came to Rochester for residency training at the Mayo Clinic.
He and his wife, Claire, loved everything about Minnesota and thought six months of winter in
Minnesota was a much better deal than six months of summer in New Orleans. His 33 year career
as an anesthesiologist at Mayo was a joy and a privilege.
Photography and Porsches have been his passions for four decades. He bought his first 911 just after coming home
from serving in Vietnam in 1971. He visited the track at BIR as early as 1976 with Nord Stern, the MN chapter of
the Porsche Club of America. After many weekends of hot, dusty days driving at this beautiful track, he upgraded
from the Paul Bunyan Inn to Samara Point in the late ‘80’s, and then got an idea that he should be looking for his
own cozy cabin. A very old one under some huge maples on the west side of Gull, just south of Schaefer’s Point
seemed perfect. That was 1995, and within a few years they knew their retirement dream was at that spot, not in
Rochester. They moved into their new cabin under those maples just twelve days after he retired from Mayo.
“My appreciation of the Gull Chain of Lakes continues to increase. The Gull Chain’s pristine waters are a jewel in
the middle of our state. The Chain is a perfect mix of very undeveloped areas on the northern channels and scenic
living spots on the larger lakes. I am confident that working to continue GCOLA’s stewardship of the Gull Chain of
Lakes is a very worthy task.”
US Army Corps of Engineers
You can visit the Corps of Engineers Water Control Web site at www.rivergages.com for more informa-
tion on the regulation of Gull Lake Reservoir. Questions on the regulation of the Gull Lake reservoir can
be directed to Jodi Kormanik-Sonterre at 651-290-5646 at the St. Paul District Water Control, or Mary Kay
Larson at the Gull Lake Dam at 218-829-3334.
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The Gull Chain of Lakes is much more than just a few of the 10,000 Minnesota lakes. The Gull Chain is where we live, vacation,
play, dream and plan for our future and the futures of our children and grandchildren. Protecting this chain of lakes, both now
and for years to come, is the mission of the Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA), and the GCOLA IS YOU.
As members of GCOLA we need your help to continue with our programs for keeping our chain of lakes clean and safe for you
and your family and neighbors by encouraging your neighbors to join their lake association. Did you know that GCOLA is
responsible for the following programs?
• New this year – installation of an Environmental Sentry Protection device sensor at each public launch. This device is a
monitoring solution to protect the lakes from the expensive and irreversible impact of aquatic invasive species such as
Eurasian watermilfoil, Curlyleaf pondweed, Hydrilla, and Zebra mussels.
• Installs and removes all 135 of the navigational and safety buoys every year. This is not done by Cass or Crow Wing Counties
or by the DNR. Eighteen belong to Cass County, five to Crow Wing County, and the rest are owned by GCOLA. One hundred
and twelve are used for the navigational system, all of which (except one) are equipped with solar-powered flashers for night
boating. The buoy barge, owned by the Association, was used for 417 hours to install, maintain, and remove the buoys that
we all have come to rely on.
• Pays for interns to inspect boats at the public launches (split with the DNR).
• Pays for water testing and monitoring. Again, not paid by Cass or Crow Wing Counties, nor the DNR.
• The current GCOLA membership consists of about 700 property owners. This is less than 30% of the approximately 2,500
homeowners on the Gull Chain of Lakes. The GCOLA budget for 2009 is only $50,000. Expected expenditures are as follows:
• $20,000 for invasive species prevention programs
• $15,000 for sentry devices
• $5,000 for DNR boat inspectors
Nearly 1,200 man-hours are spent to improve and maintain water quality and safety on the Gull Chain of Lakes.
Imagine how much improvement could be done for the Gull Chain of Lakes with additional financial support. Membership
dues are only $50 per year – that’s the equivalent of just 14 cents per day, or the cost of about one tank of gas for many boats.
Plus, if the Gull Chain deteriorates, this could have a negative impact on your property values. Without a lakes association,
who would safeguard the lakes that are so important to us all and so much a part of our lives?
Sharing the unspoiled quality of the waters of the Gull Chain of Lakes should be a reality for now and the future, not a distant
Help protect the Gull Chain of Lakes – Continue your support and encourage your neighbors to join the Gull Chain of
Lakes Association today!
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FOCUS ON INVASIVE SPECIES - Flowering Rush
This is an ongoing series of information articles talking about exotic aquatic plants and species
that could be a threat to the Gull Chain of Lakes.
Flowering rush is an exotic plant that has spread from a limited area around the Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence River to a majority of states in the northern half of the U.S. It has been introduced into
several Minnesota counties, but to date has not surfaced in the Brainerd Lakes area. It was originally
brought to this country as a garden plant.
Flowering rush grows along shorelines and in lakes and rivers. It is easiest to identify when flowering.
While single flowering rush plants are not a “problem”, this exotic can form dense stands which may interfere with
recreational lake use and crowd out native plants which in turn harms fish and wildlife. Flowers grow in umbrella
shaped clusters and each individual flower has 3 whitish pink petals. Plants only produce flowers in very shallow
water or on dry sites. The green stems resemble bulrushes, but are triangular in cross section, have erect leaves
and grows to about 3 feet in height. The leaf tips may be spirally twisted, but under water are limp.
Cutting flowering rush below the water surface is an effective method of control. Cutting will not kill the plant,
but will decrease the abundance. All cut plants must be removed from the water. Since any disturbance of the root
system will cause small reproductive structures on the roots to break off and spread to other areas, raking or
pulling the plant are not recommended control methods. It is very difficult to kill flowering rush with herbicides,
since it easily washes away from the narrow leaves of this plant. However, preliminary tests indicate that a
mid-summer application of imazapyr during calm wind conditions may be effective. Any use of herbicides in public
waters requires a DNR permit.
In Minnesota, it is illegal to buy or sell flowering rush. It is still sold in other states, including Wisconsin.
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The Gull Chain of Lakes Association is an alliance of watershed property interests within the Gull Chain of Lakes in Cass and Crow Wing
Counties. The Association is devoted to the restoration and continued preservation of the highest water quality and environmental
standards achievable, promotion of the responsible use of land and water resources and recreational safety on the Gull Chain of Lakes.
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these lake maps include depths, scale of
Mad miles, compass, and game fish illustrations.
All laser engraved into genuine dark walnut
through a light maple overlay, resulting in
rich, vivid contrast and incredible detail!
All items can
that can be monogrammed!
Vertical Format (true north at top) 24 x 36 shown here
Photo Albums, Photo Frames,
Journals, Guestbooks and more...
Horizontal Format (compass rotated) 18 x 24 shown here
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GULL CHAIN of LAKES
Permit No. 471
Nisswa, Minnesota 56468
PLEASE JOIN THE GULL CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dues for the lake association are $50 per year. They are payable anytime from January 1 – December 31. We are a 501(c)3 corpo-
ration which means that all money given by you over and above the $50 dues amount is tax deductible. If you have not sent in your
dues for this year (since January 1, 2009), now is a great time to do so! Contributions above the $50 dues are greatly appreciated!
If you have sent your dues in any time after January 1, 2009, you are current!
PLEASE CHECK OUT YOUR NEWSLETTER ON OUR WEBSITE: WWW .GULLCHAINOFLAKESASSOCIATION.ORG OR WWW .GCOLA.ORG
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