News and Views from around Lake Hubert

WHAT'S HAPPENING


Dragonflies are out in force. Eat a lot of mosquitos please!

Web Site Updated July 20, 2017
This site is updated almost every week. Check back often to be sure you don't miss anything.

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Contact Us
For written communications and for donations and dues payments -  LHCA, P.O. Box 1352, Lake Hubert, MN 56459
For communications with the LHCA Board of Directors LHCAMN@gmail.com
For web site matters - LakeHubert@aol.com

Posted July 20
Lake Hubert Social
July 29, 5-8 PM
All "Lake Hubert-ites" are invited.
Come by car or boat to 22238 Camp Lincoln Road
On the West side of sunset bay
Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
B.Y.O.B if you wish

Posted July 20
A 20+ inch smallmouth bass was caught in an undivulged area on an unnamed lake in Minnesota.
Caught by Jim Lorenz who was visiting from Kansas City. (Nice fish, Jim)




Call For Entries
To The
Lake Hubert Photo Contest
Please submit your best Lake Hubert photo and you could win a prize.
Click Here to see the full contest rules.

Posted June 17
Lake Hubert Posters Now Available

The Sun County Airlines 16 X 20 inch Lake Hubert poster mentioned in our April 23rd article (see article below) is now available for purchase online from Numeric Press. The price is $35.00.
CLICK HERE to go to the Numeric Press poster order page.
Thanks to Fred Jarl for finding this information.
Please note: The Lake Hubert Conservation Association has no affiliation with Numeric Press.

Posted June 4
Never Leave Your Boat Key In The Boat

A few years ago several Lake Hubert residents learned this lesson the hard way. During the night, their boats were stolen from their lifts and docks, driven out to the middle of the lake and completely trashed. Where no keys were left, the boats were not taken.


Posted May 27
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Rules
Here are some of the laws covering the use of personal watercraft (Sea-do, Jet Ski, etc.). Please remind your family and guests to be good neighbors and to stay within the law by following these rules. These items come from the State of Minnesota DNR. The complete listing can be found on the DNR website HERE

You may only operate a personal watercraft between the hours of 9:30 AM and one hour before sunset. Sunset times can be found by clicking the link above.
Do not operate your PWC in emergent vegetation such as reeds.
Be a good neighbor by riding your PWC out in the middle of the lake, not near shore.
Leave wildlife alone.
Do not jump wakes.
Children under 13 may not operate a PWC, even with an adult on board.
Persons age 13 to 17 must have a watercraft operator's permit or have a person 21 or older on board.

If you observe these rules being broken, you may call the Crow Wing County Sheriff. The sheriff's non emergency phone number is 218-829-4749


Posted May 14
Loons Are Nesting On Lake Hubert
Just off the shore of the "point" on Lake Hubert, near the home of Larry and Beth Lindman, there is a loon nest with a pair of eggs. The Lindmans have provided a floating nest platform for the birds and Mama loon has taken up residence. The pictures below were taken this week.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR BOAT CLOSE TO THE NEST.
Not only is it illegal to go close but too much disturbance could cause the loons to abandon the eggs. If you want to watch the nest, use binoculars from a distance. Also, watch out for the little loon chicks out with their parents in June when they're out swimming in the bay. A fast boat could run them over and kill them.

If you're lucky you may even see the baby loons riding on the backs of the adults.

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Electric Shock Drowning
It can occur right by your dock
If you have electric lines anywhere on or near your dock you need to read this article. Children, adults and animals can be drowned because of hidden current leakage.

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS IMPORTANT ARTICLE

In addition to the precautions listed in the article, make sure that any 110 Volt electrical line on or near your dock is protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). If there is leakage of the electricity into the water, the GFCI will shut off the power. Any licensed electrician can tell you if your electrical line is protected by a GFCI and can install a GFCI for you if not.


Reposted May 21st

There's a New Tick In Our Area Bringing
A New Tick-Borne Disease
With Weird and Serious Side Effects

This is the Lone Star Tick. It's new to our area and it's bite can cause a weird effect; a serious allergic reaction to eating meat. No, that's NOT a joke.
Click Here to read the whole story.


Posted May 6
It's Hummingbird Time

May 5th is the time when our hummingbirds often arrive back here in what was the frigid North. The males arrive first and there are often few flowers or insects for the little guys to eat so put those feeders out. If you need the easy recipe for making the hummingbird "juice" click here.


Posted April 23


Sun Country Airlines is Naming A Plane After
Lake Hubert
Sun Country Airlines, headquartered in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, is naming each of its twenty-two planes after a Minnesota lake and Lake Hubert is one of them! The airline will be painting the lake names on the aircraft and there is a poster designed by artist Mark Herman for each lake. CLICK HERE to see the Sun Country web page about the "Hometown Lakes Project". The web page shows all of the posters but as of this writing there are no posters offered for purchase although there are playing cards and sets of thank you notes. (Posters now available too. See the article above)


Posted April 6
ICE OUT !    ICE OUT !    ICE OUT !

It took many days to completely disappear but Lake Hubert is finally ice free for the first time in 2017.

This is later than last year which occurred on April 3rd but far earlier than the latest which was May 14, 2015. CLICK HERE to see all of the ice out dates for the past 55 years.


Posted April 2
The ice is still not completely gone but  the first swans and loons have arrived on the lake. Welcome home friends.

Ole and Lena joke - Click Here

Posted April 1
The Ice is not all gone yet but there's enough open water to make the first intrepid boater eager to paddle around. That water looks just a tad chilly for swimming.



Posted March 26

The lake water level is quite high this spring and the ice has caused some substantial shoreline damage. The photo below shows the damage on a shoreline on the Northeast side of the lake. Did you move your docks and lifts far enough from the water's edge?

This kind of damage is caused not by wind moving the ice but by "ice jacking". Ice jacking occurs when the ice on a lake cracks and the crack is then filled with liquid water from below. When this water freezes and expands, it forces the ice sheet to move just a bit. When this cracking and filling occurs many times, which often happens, the ice sheet can be moved many feet and it moves with amazing force.



Posted March 18

The eagles are headed back our way!

Lake Hubert residents and visitors often get to see bald eagles soaring over our lake and currently there are a lot of eagles in Southeast Minnesota.

The Minnesota DNR has a webcam on an active bald eagle nest in the Twin Cities. Click Here

There is an excellent StarTribune eagle article by Tony Kennedy. Click Here



Posted February 19
Here's One of Our Favorite Photos From Winters Past


Posted January 23
71 Degree Temperature Swing At Lake Hubert
Welcome to January at The Lake
The lowest temperature so far this month was 32 degrees F below zero. The highest temperature, just a few days ago, was a comparatively balmy 39 degrees above zero. The days are getting longer by a few minutes each day so there's hope that spring really will arrive someday, albeit not very soon.

Posted January 7
29 below zero was cold but far from the record.
On Friday morning January 6th it was 29 below zero at Lake Hubert. The record low for that date is 32 below. Only twenty years ago, on February 2, 1996, it was a tree shattering 54 below zero, an all-time record low. The previous morning it had been only two degrees "warmer" at 52 below zero. Large tree trunks actually exploded when their moisture froze and expanded. Smaller trees, like a three inch diameter maple in your web gnome's yard, were killed down to the two foot line below which snow insulated it.

It should be noted that last winter, 2015-2016, the coldest recorded temperature on the North side of Lake Hubert was 23 below zero making the warmest winter in memory.



A Safety Reminder
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
KILLS 2 IN CABIN
Do YOU have carbon monoxide detectors in your cabin? These people didn't.

No, it wasn't on Lake Hubert but it could have been. This happened near Longville according to a Brainerd Dispatch article.
 CO detectors/alarms are inexpensive, easy to plug in or operate by battery and could save your life. They're available everywhere including Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, Target, Fleet Farm, Wal Mart, Home Depot, Menards and online at many places including Amazon.com.

Don't wait! Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector/Alarm and install it TODAY.

And while you're at it, install some smoke detectors if you don't already have them.
The lives you save could be your kids or grandkids.


Posted December 18
BRRRRR!
The below zero cold always feels worse when it comes early and this year proves that point. Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday.

Posted December 10
Winter Arrived Earlier Than Last Year
In 2015 the lake didn't freeze over until December 18 but this year it froze on the 9th. However it is VERY UNSAFE, even for a person walking so do NOT try to go out on the ice for a week or so. The below zero night time temperatures predicted for the coming week should make the ice thicker and safer unless a new blanket of snow insulates it.

There were high winds from the Southwest when the lake froze this year, making the Northern shoreline freeze solid from the spray. It's interesting to see but not fun to watch the ice form unless you're inside a toasty house.

Speaking of a warm house, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector plugged in at your house. It could save your life! (See the article below.)


Posted December 4
Rain, Snow, Wind (oh my!)
First the blizzard with heavy, wet snow. Then, about a week later, a rainstorm and finally big winds. Lots of branches and some small trees came down so if you haven't had your property and buildings checked recently you should have someone do so. The picture below shows your web gnome's driveway before the branches and trees were cleared.

Our lake has not frozen over yet but with colder temperatures predicted it may not be long.


Posted November 20
BLIZZARD AT
LAKE HUBERT!
After a warmer than normal October and November, on Friday, November 18, 2016 winter arrived at Lake Hubert with a vengeance. 14 inches of snow fell, much of it wet and heavy which weighed heavily on tree branches. Winds up to 50 miles per hour blew the snow sideways and closed roads throughout the area. Branches fell and power was out for much of the area during Friday afternoon and evening. Some unlucky folks were without power until Saturday.

Click Here to go to our page of blizzard photos.


Posted October 30
It's the end of October and we haven't had a killing frost at Lake Hubert.
The colorful leaves are on the ground and the lake is bereft of docks and loons but the growing season goes on. The lowest temperature at the web gnome's house has been 32.8 degrees, well above the 27 degree killing frost level.

Posted October 24
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The weekend of October 22 and 23 was calm and spectacular at Lake Hubert. The photo above was taken just before sunrise on Sunday the 23rd from one of the dwindling number of docks still in the water. Lovely.

Posted October 16, 2016
Zebra Mussels found in Lake Hubert

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This bad news broke this week after the very invasive alien species was found on the East side of Lake Hubert. This invasive mussel originally came from Southern Russia and has now spread widely thoughout the world, causing serious problems. PLEASE check your water items such as docks, lifts, platforms for Zebra Mussels when you take the items out of the lake. It can be difficult to spot the tiny invaders but if you do, contact the DNR immediately to report your findings. The DNR main phone number in Brainerd is 218-203-4300, then press option 6.

For more information Click Here to go to the Minnesota DNR Zebra Mussel page



Posted October 4
Have You Put Your Docks And LIfts Out Of Danger?
Our lake level is a foot higher than last year which means that the ice will likely move much further up the shore during the coming winter and spring. Ice can move far up the shore driven by winds and by ice jacking which occurs when a crack in the ice fills with water which then freezes and expands. You need to move your docks and lifts WAY up from the water this year to prevent damage.

Here are a few photos of past ice movement.

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Posted September 4
A Great Piece of Writing
Closing The Cabin
Click here to read about the bittersweet time of the year for many of us. Be warned, this could bring a tear to your eye.

Posted August 28
It's Amazing How Many Critters Hide In Our Forests
by Chuck Corchran
This weekend I was moving firewood from my big (6 ft X 8 ft) covered pile in the woods to the storage boxes in my garage in preparation for the winter that will surely come. The tarp that covered the pile in the woods had done very well for a number of years but had recently developed some holes so while most of the wood was nicely dry, a few pieces were wet. The wet places had become homes for small ants and these had eaten chambers into the logs. In the dry areas, it was evident that the red squirrels and mice had found cozy spots to store their stash of acorns and pine seeds to see them through the previous winter.

There were lots of spiders scurrying as I moved the firewood and there were a few beetles and bugs too. As I reached the bottom of the pile where I had treated lumber on top of concrete blocks, it became evident that a woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, had burrowed beneath the wood pile. I know it was a woodchuck because my grandkids spotted it and came running in to report the discovery.  Its tunnel exited under the center of the wood pile and the entrance was under a bush about eight feet away. Most of the sand dug from the tunnel had been piled outside of the tunnel exit, not outside of the entrance. If the tunnel had been started at the eventual entrance, it would seem that the sand piles would be there, not near the exit so I must conclude that the woodchuck began digging at the exit end. Crafty critter!

I should note that three years ago I live-trapped three young woodchucks and the mama, and transported them more than two miles away. I did this because they were eating my garden daily. Now I wonder if one of the relocated ones found its way back to my nice, dry wood pile. Oh well.


Posted July 27
You know it's summer when:
The surface temperature of Lake Hubert water is 80 degrees, which it is today.


Posted July 17
Got Weeds Along Your Lake Shore?
Actually, plants along your shoreline are usually desirable because they act as a barrier to runoff from the land. That said, there are some plants that are not desirable along the shore. Poison ivy and Canada thistle come to mind. But therein lies a problem. Commercial weed killers should never be used near the water because they are extremely toxic to fish and other aquatic life. So how is one to safely kill bad weeds near the water?

The answer is regular household white vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish soap. All household vinegar contains a 5% solution of acetic acid and it is this non-toxic (except to plants) acid that kills plants. It does this by causing the plant to lose its water, thus drying it out. This happens very quickly, especially if it's a sunny day so you can expect the plant to wilt within hours.

One word of caution: Vinegar will kill any plant it touches so be very careful.

The vinegar should be used straight out of the bottle, not diluted with water. Pour the vinegar into a sprayer such as a small household sprayer or a small garden pump sprayer. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and shake to mix. The drops of dish soap cause the vinegar to spread on waxy leaves, such as poison ivy, rather than beading and running off. If the weather is calm, spray the plants you want to kill. The plant will soon wither and any spray that gets into the water will not cause problems with frogs or fish.

A final word: If the plant you spray has a deep tap root, like a Canada thistle, it may re-sprout and you might have to spray again.


Posted July 12
We May Build an Ark!
Five point seven inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
On Monday, July 11th, the rain began to fall at Lake Hubert at about 2:00 AM. It brought lots of lightning and thunder and some hefty wind gusts (but no winds anywhere near the ones that caused last year's disaster). This time it was the amazing amounts of rain that caught everyone's attention. At times it rained an inch an hour and it rained almost constantly for 21 hours. We had to empty the rain gauge on our deck because it only holds five inches. When the rain finally stopped we had received a whopping 5.7 inches!

As you might surmise, this rain has raised our lake level nicely. Your dock will be much closer to the surface of the water.



Posted July 4
A GREAT JULY 4th

Lots of Lake Hubert residents saw a wonderful fireworks show from their boats on the night of July 3rd and over 45 watercraft participated in the July 4th boat parade around the lake.

The boat parade participants saw a bald eagle soar over as well as an osprey, that caught a fish near the boats. In Sunset Bay, two loon parents with chicks could be seen out on the water. With that in mind, PLEASE stay away from the point of land where the loons and babies are frequently seen.

All-in-all it was a wonderful 4th of July!


Posted June 19
BIG HAILSTORM
at Lake Hubert
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On Sunday evening, June 19, 2016 we had a whopper of a thunderstorm pass over Lake Hubert. More than one person has reported softball size hailstones and the pictures above show some as large as baseballs. There have been no reports of wind damage but you had better plan on having your roof inspected.

Here's the list of dedicated volunteers who make up
the LHCA Board of Directors for 2016 / 2017

President - Dennis Tack
Treasurer - John Youngs
Director, Legal Oversight - Gary Eidson
Director, Water Quality - Paul Lund
Director Information  & Communications - Patricia Mulrooney Eldred
Director, Operations - Curt Keller
Camp Representative - M.J. Cote
Women's Club Representative - Liz Martin
Member at Large - John McQueen

Thanks to each of them for their hard work on the Lake's behalf.


Posted February 21
It's Been A Relatively Warm Winter in 2016
If it doesn't seem like it, read the following article from this web site in 2009.
February 1, 2009

On January 31st we finally got our January thaw - for about three hours. It actually reached the blistering temperature of 45 degrees F which was the first daily high temperature above 32 degrees since December 27th, 33 days earlier.

Up here on the tundra, we are celebrating the end of the bitterly cold month of January. How cold was it this month? (I knew you were going to ask.)

We endured 20 nights where the temperature dropped below zero. Seven of those nights, it was 20 below or worse. On January 16th, it dropped to 35 below zero. At one stretch, the better part of a week went by without the temperature even climbing above zero. Now one might reasonable think that this string of very cold nights would constitute a record of some kind but that's not the case. There have been even colder Januarys in the past. For instance, the January 16, 2009 low of 35 below zero is eclipsed by the January 16, 1972 temperature of 45 below zero. The January 20, 2009 low of 20 below zero is much warmer than the January 20, 1980 low of 35 below.

How about the average low temperature for the month? A record? Nope. The average low temperature this year was 8 below zero which is cold but not a record. In 1982 the average was 10 below and in 1972 it was 17 below. Ouch!

So January 2009 was very cold but no records were set. Here comes February, thank heavens.
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So the winter of 2016 really is quite warm compared to past years. Skinny dip anyone?



Posted January 10
Very Rare Winter Visitor Photographed at Lake Hubert
Larry Leonard reports: “I spotted this Great Grey this afternoon at 3:45 PM on County Road 13, 3.4 miles east of Sportland Corners/Schaefers Foods on Hwy 371 Nisswa. It dropped down and grabbed a juicy vole for its supper.”

The Great Gray Owl is usually found from Alaska to forested areas of Southern Canada and almost never near Lake Hubert. It is a huge owl with a length as much as 33 inches and a wingspan up to 5 feet.

Click on the photo below to see three large photos.

Click Here to go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Great Gray Owl page


Posted December 6
Have You Ever Wondered
why the world seems so silent when there is fresh snow?

Fresh snow on the ground absorbs sound because of the air trapped between snowflakes. When heavy snow is falling through the air, the sound absorbing effect is enhanced further. Once snow on the ground has settled into a more compact layer, sounds can reflect off of the surface and the silence is broken.


Posted November 15
We're Betting You Didn't Know This
Deer ticks can be active at forty degrees.
Temperatures have been way above normal this fall and even though it's November, when the weather usually turns chilly, Blacklegged Ticks, (Deer Ticks) can be out and about. These nasty, disease carrying ticks can be active even when the temperature drops to forty degrees. So sorry folks, you still need to spray your shoes and cuffs with insect repellent when you're walking across your lawn or in the woods. It's worth the trouble not to contract Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, or Powassan disease.


Adult deer tick on a thumbnail.


CRITTER WARS
The war started with early skirmishes that included voles chewing through our screens to start colonies in our new basement and garter snakes trying to challenge our new egress window. It also included bats who found openings in our chimney that had to be eventually sealed by a very old, chain smoking geezer who fixed our problem but then wheezed, “This job comes with a lifetime guarantee.” Yeah, right.

CLICK HERE to read the whole story of Critter Wars at a home on Lake Hubert.


Posted August 23

Meet a New Neighbor

We had a visitor this week, just a few feet outside our window. This hawk is between 20 and 24 inches long and after much exploring of bird books it was determined to be an immature goshawk. It stayed for quite a few minutes and then flew away, seemingly effortlessly.


Posted August 16
What The Birds are Telling Us
This time of year, the first birds are beginning to migrate south for the winter. We've all seen skeins of geese and ducks in the fall but other birds come through our area even earlier. One of the first birds to move through is the Goldfinch. Although some Goldfinches stay around all summer, most go farther North and return in August. The first of these were seen at our feeders this week.

American Goldfinch

Soon, our wonderful flying acrobats, the hummingbirds, will disappear from our feeders, the osprey will be gone from our skies and thousands of little warblers will pass through.

Watch for these harbingers of autumn as the first leaves change color and thoughts of winter begin to creep into the far corners of our minds.


Posted July 19, 2015
The Worst Windstorm
At Lake Hubert
In Over A Century!
From the recollections of this writer's 68 summers at Lake Hubert and of stories told by my parents and grandparents at Lake Hubert as far back as the late 1800s, there has never before been such widespread windstorm devastation as occurred during the storm that struck at 7:40 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Huge old trees were snapped off fifteen to twenty-five feet above the ground on all sides of the lake but the North side of the lake had less damage than the South side. Power was not restored on the South side of Lake Hubert until late Thursday, four days after the storm, and until Friday at many residences along East Lake Hubert Drive and Camp Lincoln Road.

Some people's driveways were so clogged with large downed trees that they couldn't get out for days. The sound of chain saws became the most common sounds heard for most of the week. The cleanup will continue for a very long time.

Here are some photos taken of the damage. These do NOT show the worst damage because it was too difficult to get to the worst hit areas until many of the downed trees were cut up.

Click on a photo to see a larger version.

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Posted July 13, 2015
SEVERE STORM AT
LAKE HUBERT
On the evening of July 12, a severe storm hit Lake Hubert with winds up to 80 MPH. There are LOTS of big trees down, probably hundreds. Over night Camp Lincoln Road was closed by fallen trees (still is at 10 AM on the 13th). Also closed were East Lake Hubert Drive, Nashway Road and other nearby roads. Highway 371 is down to one lane each direction at Hole In The Day Lake due to downed power lines. The grandstand at BIR was crumpled and mostly demolished. The Girl's Camp on Hubert is without power and trees block all access. To make matters worse, today (Monday July 13) is the day that hundreds of campers arrive for the second session.

If you're not at the lake, we recommend you have your property checked as soon as possible.

Entrance road to Camp Lake Hubert on July 13.



DANGER ON THE LAKE!
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When are you most likely to be struck by lightning?
When you're Fishing or Golfing or Boating?
A recent study by the National Weather Service has some surprises.
"From 2006 through 2012, 238 people were struck and killed by lightning in the United States. Almost two thirds of the deaths occurred to people who had been enjoying outdoor leisure activities. The common belief that golfers are responsible for the greatest number of lightning deaths was shown to be a myth. During this 7-year period fishermen accounted for more than three times as many fatalities as golfers, while camping and boating each accounted for almost twice as many deaths as golf."

If you can hear thunder when you're on the lake you can be struck by lightning, even if you're not under the storm cloud. Lightning can travel more than ten miles away from the thunderstorm cloud. You can even be struck by lightning if the sun is shining on you so if you're out boating or fishing and you hear thunder, get off the lake immediately!

Click Here to see the complete government study.


Posted June 7

Ann and David on Lake Hubert in 2008
Have You Wondered
how lake ice can move so far up the shore, damage stored docks and lifts and push up large mounds of sand and rock?
It's usually not the wind.
Here's an excellent article that explains the process that procuces the damaging ice movement.
CLICK HERE

Posted May 3
Thank You
to everyone who has put a dark colored canopy on their boat lift. When viewed from across the lake, the dark colors blend with the background which keeps the lake looking "up North". If you currently have a light colored canopy, when it needs to be replaced, please get a dark color.
and
Thank You
to all who have been careful not to operate their motors through the reeds. There were far fewer damaged reeds in evidence last year which is great for the lake.

Posted April 19
Bald Eagles IN Lake Hubert

This wonderful photo and note were sent to us by Lake Hubert residents Fred and Mary Jarl.

Early Easter Sunday evening we saw these two bald eagles laying on the ice on Lake Hubert about 250 feet out from our home.  They probably had been fighting in mid-air, locked talons and crashed to the ice.  Crows came in close for a look, but were chased away by other eagles.  We contacted the DNR to report what we were witnessing.

After about 1-1/2 hours the two eagles started flopping around and got untangled.  One eagle flew away immediately.  The other one tried to take off, but broke through the ice several times.  Eventually, it too was able to fly away.


ICE HARVESTING AT LAKE HUBERT
Check out the history and learn about the Lake Hubert Ice Road
Click Here to see the photos and read all about it.

Posted December 14
What Did Lake Hubert Property Cost
Over Twenty Two Years Ago?
Things were much less expensive back then. According to an article in the Brainerd Dispatch in April of 1993, Lake Hubert lots were priced from $500 to $700 per frontage foot.

Posted December 7
"Silently, like thoughts that come and go,
the snowflakes fall. Each one a gem."
William Hamilton Gibson

Click Here to see our snowflake photo page.


Posted November 2
If you're not at the lake in the fall you're missing some spectacular sunrises. The beautiful photo below was taken this week and proves our point.



Posted August 31

A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE
from the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers organization and the DNR

This fall, as lake shore owners pull docks and boat lifts, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging them to look for aquatic invasive species when removing their docks, lifts, and all types of watercraft. When removing boats, docks, and lifts, lake owners should perform careful inspections to ensure that there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, or New Zealand mudsnails attached.  Individuals should visit the DNR website for help in identifying plants or animals that you suspect are aquatic invasive species.

Posts, wheels, and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any portions of watercraft that may have been submerged in water for an extended period need to be inspected.  Be careful during your inspections, since in newly infested waters, zebra mussels may not be abundant and you might notice only a few mussels on your equipment.  This early detection of zebra mussels and other AIS is crucial in protecting your property, as well as other Minnesota lakes.

If you find something you suspect is a zebra mussel, faucet snail, or other aquatic invasive species, take a photo, note its exact location, leave the specimen in place, and contact a Minnesota DNR AIS Specialist. If you need to remove the specimen, it is important to place the item in a Ziploc bag with alcohol for preservation, which will enable it to be properly inspected by DNR.

It is legal to remove equipment from infested waters and place it on the adjacent shoreline property without a permit.  However, if you want to transport a dock or lift from infested waters to another location for storage or repair, you must complete an “Authorization form to transport equipment.”  The form is easy to complete and can be found on the DNR website (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-auth-form-lift.pdf).

It is illegal to transport any watercraft with an aquatic invasive species attached away from a water access or other shoreland property, even if you intend to put it in storage for the winter without first completing an “Authorization form to transport watercraft.”  The form is easy to complete and can be found on the DNR website
(http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-auth-form-boats.pdf).

If you hire a business to remove your boat, dock, or lift make sure they have completed AIS training and are on the DNR's “List of Permitted Lake Service Providers,” located on the DNR website (https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/aquatic_invasive_species_training/lake_service_provider_permits/public_website_list).

By following these simple steps, you can help limit the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Jeff Forester
Executive Director Minnesota Lakes and Rivers
952-854-1317
jeff@mnlakesandrivers.org


Posted August 17
New Medication Disposal Site

Have you wondered how to dispose of outdated and unneeded medications? It's not good to flush them since they could eventually get into the ground water. It's not good to throw them in the trash because there is a chance of someone finding and abusing them. Now there's an easy and safe disposal option.

Take It To THE BOX” Medication Disposal Site Available in Nisswa

   A free medication disposal box is now available for the public located at the Nisswa City Hall. Crow Wing County is serious about preventing the abuse or misuse of old or unneeded medications. To assure that these medications can be disposed of in a healthy and environmentally safe manner, free disposal sites have been offered since 2012. The drop off box will accept unneeded over-the-counter medications, prescription and narcotic medications from community members. This drop-off site will be open Monday – Friday.

Hours and location:
NISSWA CITY HALL
5442 City Hall St., Nisswa
HOURS: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
CONTACT: Chief Craig Taylor – 218-963-4444


Posted February 9
When Was The Original Town Name
"Hubert" Changed to "Lake Hubert"?
From the Crosby newspaper
More than eighty four years ago.

Thursday, February 7, 1929
"Henceforth Hubert will be known to the world as Lake Hubert. The new name has already been placed into effect by the U. S. Postal Department. Lake Hubert today stands out as a summer resort station, the terminal of many train journeyers to the lake country."

Thanks to Lake Hubert resident Larry Lindman for passing this article along.


Posted August 25
Have the deer eaten your garden plants again this year?
Did you know that the LHCA web site has a link to a list of plants that deer don't like?
That and many other helpful hint links can be found on our Helpful Hints Index Page.
Click Here to check it out.

Posted August 18

Do You Know This Bird?

The bird in the picture above does not make sounds and is seldom seen on Lake Hubert. It is the same loon we love to hear and see on our lake but this is its winter plumage. Note that the loon's red eye we see in summer is gone as are the beautiful black and white markings we recognize. In the winter, our loons travel to the east and south sea coasts of the U.S. and while there they do not call like they do on our lake. What an amazing transformation!


Posted July 22
We have LOTS of helpful hints that can help you while living at the lake.
Including How To:
- Treat poison ivy rash and stop its spread
- Remove skunk odor the way that really works
- Prevent or cure swimmer's itch
- Remove pine sap from skin or dog fur
- Remove ticks without tweezers
- Know when to watch for Northern Lights
- And lots more
To see the whole list click on "HELPFUL HINTS" in the list on the left of this page.

Timber Wolves
Living Not Far from Lake Hubert

A family of Timber Wolves, also called Gray Wolves, has been living not far from Lake Hubert for several years. Recently several members of this family were spotted on the Paul Bunyan Trail a few miles from Lake Hubert. They did not bother the people who saw them or the dogs that were being walked.

Wolves are NOT the scary "big, bad, wolves" of childhood fairy tales and rarely, if ever, are a threat to humans.

Although the wolves are very unlikely to bother people, we recommend that you never leave your dogs or cats outside alone and that you not leave their food outside either. A domestic dog, even a large one, or a cat can be easy prey for wolves.

For those of you who find deer eating your garden plants again and again, the presence of wolves can be a good thing. Wolves often feed on deer, helping to keep the deer herd size in check.

We also have families of coyotes living quite close to Lake Hubert so if you see an animal and want to know whether it's a wolf or a coyote, here's how to tell them apart.

If you see tracks, here's how to identify them.

If you see tracks in the snow, you can make a preliminary determination by seeing whether the tracks are in a straight line or if they meander. Wolves and coyotes usually walk in a straight line. Dogs meander.

Quite a few of us at Lake Hubert would love to see the wolves but will probably never get the opportunity. If you see them and get pictures, please send them to us at LakeHubert@aol.com and we'll post them on this website.

To learn lots more about wolves, check out the Wild Bytes Blog written by the folks at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.


Has your email address changed?

The LHCA fall newsletter will soon be under construction. The newsletter will contain valuable information about LHCA Board action, news items relating to Lake Hubert, nature and lake quality updates, and much, much more. However, it CANNOT be e-mailed unless we have accurate demographic information on you. Thus, if you have changed your e-mail address we need to know your updated information as soon as possible.

This valuable updated information can be sent to us at LHCAMN@gmail.com with the subject saying, "Address Change".

Please help us out on this matter so as we can serve you as best as we can.

 Thank you!


PostedAugust 22
You Can be Part of the Solution
Long ago it was okay to burn your garbage and trash in a barrel on your property. Not any longer because it pollutes the ground and the air and the water.
Long ago it was okay to wash your dishes in the lake. Not any longer because it pollutes the lake we love.
Long ago it was okay to wash your clothes in the lake. Not any longer because it pollutes the lake we love.
Long ago it was okay to bathe in the lake.Not any longer because bath "soap" pollutes the lake we love.

Do you still bathe in the lake? Please seriously consider washing yourself in your shower rather than in the lake but if you can’t bring yourself to forgo washing in the lake, PLEASE use biodegradable soap instead of the polluting “bath bars” (also known as detergent, which is why the labels don’t use the word “soap”).

Here are some links to sites where you can buy biodegradable soaps.
The Lake Hubert Conservation Association doesn’t endorse any of these sites or products but the soaps appear to be less harmful to the lake than other so called bath and beauty bars. Remember, it’s still best to bathe in your shower or tub rather than the lake.

Amazon.com: Two Pack of 2oz Campsuds Biodegradable Soap

REI-biodegradable soap at REI.com

Bassproshops.com/biodegradableSoap/

Campmor.com/outdoor/gear/BiodegradableSoap

If you see a neighbor bathing in the lake, point them to this article or buy them some biodegradable soap, or both. The lake will be better for it.

Thank you from the Lake Hubert Conservation Association!


Why do we insist that you not use lawn fertilizer with phosphorus in it?
It's illegal in Minnesota and here's why. There's already a lot of phosphorus in the ground in Minnesota so any you apply will just run off and just one pound of phosphorus in the lake will cause five hundred pounds of algae to grow.

DO NOT put used oil down a drain. DO NOT pour used oil onto the ground.
Recycle used oil.
You can now recycle used oil at the Nisswa recycling center, behind the Nisswa fire station.

Some Little Known "Facts" About Minnesota
 Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858 and was originally settled by a lost tribe of Norwegians seeking refuge from the searing heat of Wisconsin's winters.
Click Here for more

  RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING
INFORMATION PAGE
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     Where did Lake Hubert get its name?

The following is from a book found for sale at Crow Wing State Park.

"In 1855 the council of Crow Wing appointed a committee to locate a Territorial Road from Fort Ripley to a point on the Red River in Pembina County.............This route was mapped by E.A. Holmes and George H. Belden in 1855. Surveyor George Hubert Belden married Miss Elizabeth Peake at St. Columbia in 1858 and was the man for whom Hubert Lake is named."

from: Old Crow Wing, A History of a Village by Sister Bernard Coleman, Sister Verona LaBud and John Humphrey, originally published in 1967 and re-published in 2000 by Evergreen Press in Baxter.


 IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT TIME FOR
TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO THE LHCA

Please remember that donations to the Lake Hubert Conservation Association are always warmly welcomed and appreciated . Such contributions are fully tax deductible as the LHCA is a “501c3”  tax exempt organization. Please examine other parts of the web site to see all of the good things your organization does on your behalf. The LHCA thanks you for your continuing support.

Send your tax deductible donations to:
LHCA
P.O. Box 1352
Lake Hubert, MN 56459


Extend the life of your septic system.
CLOTHES WASHER LINT FILTERS
Click Here for information and a picture

Lakeshore Lighting
Can Be Useful AND Neighbor Friendly
You can install lakeshore lighting that intrudes on neighbors and light pollutes the night OR you can do the job right.
Click here for an excellent Univ. of Wisconsin online booklet on shore lighting.


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