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					               Fall 2009

        Nisswa, Minnesota 56468

Photo by Ron Faust (Board Member)
                                                PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
                                                John Taylor
        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
      828-9577, mpatmeyer@msn.com
                                                This summer has been very busy for your lake association:
         John Taylor – Gull, East Side
         963-2229, taylorjc@uslink.net
                                                • 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, togo@nisswa.net              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, robj@brainerd.net             invasive species and how we all can help to prevent their spread.
       Marvin Meyer – Gull, East Side
       828-9577, mpatmeyer@msn.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
         568-7868, reliason@tds.net
                                                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; halliwillongull@yahoo.com        landings and educate boaters on the importance of cleaning weeds off
   Charles McQuinn – Gull, Northeast Side       their boats.
 612-280-1901, charles@lakeregionstorage.com
                                                • The stream and lake water testing programs continue in an effort
                                                to protect and improve the water quality in the Chain. A special thank you
         John Taylor – Gull, East Side
         963-2229, taylorjc@uslink.net          to Dr. Robert Eliason and Bob Toborg for volunteering their time to collect
                                                the water samples.
           Bob Toborg – Margaret
          963-3542, togo@nisswa.net
                                                • 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
829-2612; savesta@msn.com
                                                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; tim.brastrup@dnr.state.mn.us      Whenever you are together with your neighbors ask if they are members,
                                                and if not have them e-mail Rosemary at: togo@nisswa.net or call 963-3542
      Mark Engstrand – Gull, East Side          for a membership application. If we all do this, we would double our
       330-1240; gulllakeguy@aol.com
              Ron Faust – Gull
         961-1617; ronfaust@mac.com             • 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.
 829-2797; MaryKay.L.Larson@usace.army.mil
                                                If you have any questions on this please email me at taylorjc@uslink.net.
        Cathy Taylor – Gull, East Side
         963-2229; cathyt@uslink.net
                                                Thank you and have a wonderful fall.

             WEBSITE MANAGER
         Dave Anderson – Bass Lake
                                                              LAKES PRINTING CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY
       952-935-0106, L-S-I@comcast.net

            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, dorymesch@uslink.net           newsletter. They have issued the following confidentiality policy.
       Bill Rickmeyer - Gull, West Side
      963-4893, Bill.rickmeyer@remax.net        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.


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
Boom Lake
Half Moon Lake
Little Rabbit Lake
Miller Lake
Ossawinnamakee Lake
Pelican Brook
Pickerel Lake
Pine River
Rice Lake

Crow Wing County waters infested
with Eurasian watermilfoil
Bay Lake
Kimball Lake
Lower Mission Lake
                                                                                                       Highway 371, Nisswa

Ossawinnamakee Lake
                                                                                                        (218) 963-2584

Ruth Lake

Upper Mission Lake
                                                                                      1620 Mary Fawcett
Cass County waters infested                                                                     Memorial Dr
with Eurasian watermilfoil                                                            East Gull Lake, MN 56401
Leech Lake
Cass County waters infested
with faucet snail
Lake Winnibigoshish

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Submitted by Tim Brastrup, Area Fisheries Supervisor, Brainerd

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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.

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 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.

• 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.

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?

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
be protected.

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Main Gull     Main Gull        Main Gull   Main Gull
$995,000     $1,400,000        $799,900    $850,000

Main Gull     Main Gull        Main Gull   Main Gull
$449,900     $1,995,000        $454,900    $599,900

 Main Gull   Main Gull         Main Gull   Main Gull
$2,195,000   $749,000          $699,900    $749,000

Gull Lake    Main Gull         Main Gull   Main Gull
$995,000     $899,900          $499,900    $699,900

Main Gull    Main Gull         Main Gull   Upper Gull
$695,000     $649,900          $849,900    $639,900
Gull Chain - Lake Margaret    Main Gull        Gull Chain - Lake Margaret   Gull Chain - Lake Margaret
        $319,900             $1,695,000               $475,000                     $499,900

Gull Chain - Lake Margaret   Main Gull                 Main Gull                    Main Gull
       $995,000              $679,900                 $1,150,000                   $1,798,000

        Main Gull             Main Gull         Gull Chain - Round Lake            Main Gull
       $1,749,000            $2,850,000               $699,900                     $425,000

        Main Gull             Main Gull               Main Gull                     Main Gull
        $129,900             $1,750,000               $998,000                     $1,250,000

       Main Gull             Main Gull
       $575,000              $499,900
We’re trying to collect e-mails from as many GCOLA members as possible. This will allow us in the
future to save money and trees by sending the newsletter electronically. It will also allow us to provide
timely information on issues important to members. When renewing your membership, please include
your e-mail address on the renewal form.

 Thank you to all of those who responded to our mailing and have paid their 2009 membership dues and
 made extra donations. Annual memberships are $50 and can be sent to:
 GCOLA, Box 102, Nisswa, MN 56468.

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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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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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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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      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

                                              2009 Donators
               (Names printed are those who have contributed more than the $50 dues amount.
                                                            OSPREY ($500-$1,000+)
                 John Arnoldy & Sue Hansen, Gull                                              Timber Ridge Property Owners Assn.
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                                                              HAWKS ($100-$499)
   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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                                             HAWKS ($100-$499)
   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

                                                GULLS ($1-$99)
        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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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.

              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!

                                                                                                  Cass, Crow Wing and DNR Law
                                                                                                  Enforcement Officers answering
                                                                                                  questions at the annual lake
                                                                                                  association meeting.

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.

Information from MN DNR and MN Seagrant

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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.

The Gull Chain of Lakes Association is dedicated to representing the interests of lake property owners without bias toward either seasonal
or full time residents. The Association’s primary responsibilities include educating members about best management practices to conserve
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                                                     We want to offer a huge thank you to Grand View Lodge for donating
    OUR BOARD OF                                   their facilities and breakfast for our monthly Board of Director’s meetings.
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       You are all welcome to
   join us at our monthly Board
   of Directors meetings. They
   are generally held on the
   third Saturday mornings of
   each month (with fewer
   meetings in the winter
   months). Check our website:
   to verify meeting dates. We
   meet at Grand View Lodge at
   8:00 AM for complimentary
   breakfast, then the meetings
   commence around 8:30. We
   usually adjourn around 10:00.
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                                                                                                              All items can
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                                                                                                                  or just
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   Vertical Format (true north at top) 24 x 36 shown here

    Photo Albums, Photo Frames,
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                                                                                                                              Brainerd, MN
                                                                                                                             Permit No. 471

                        Box 102
                Nisswa, Minnesota 56468

       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!


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