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Did You Know About This?
If you buy items from Amazon you can have
0.5% (half of one percent) of your purchase price donated to the Lake Hubert
Conservation Association and it won't cost anything extra.
Instead of typing AMAZON.COM into your
browser, or clicking on an Amazon Icon you have, type SMILE.AMAZON.COM
When you get to the Amazon Smile page, just type Lake Hubert Conservation
Association in the box for charity name and follow the directions after
the Association name comes up. From then on, whenever you go to Smile.Amazon.Com
and make your purchase as usual, the Lake Hubert Conservation Association
will receive the 0.5% donation. Note: You musty use the Smile.Amazon.Com
address or there will be no donation made.
July 4th Celebration Was Great!
We were afraid that
the rainy, thunder stormy weather would force cancellation of the camp
fireworks and the Great Lake Hubert Patriotic Boat Parade but somebody
up there likes us. The weather for the fireworks was dry, warm and breezy
so lots of us watched the great display from our boats and the breeze even
kept the mosquitoes away! One hour before the boat parade was to begin
it was still raining but the clouds parted and the parade went off without
a hitch. Besides the decorated boats in the parade there were MANY folks
out on their docks waving flags and cheering. There was even one very fast
remote control boat with a flag on it speeding around in front of one dock.
All-in-all, a GREAT 4th.
August 11, 5 to 8 PM
Lake Hubert Social Gathering at the Wieland family home in Sunset Bay,
22238 Camp Lincoln Road. Bring a desert or appetizer to share.
Is Turtle Time!
This is the time
of year when turtles of all types come out of the lakes and wetlands, walk
uphill away from the water and lay eggs. This huge old snapper could be
more than fifty years old. We saw it a few years ago on Clark Lake Road.
Please be careful not to Injure turtles.
the list of dedicated volunteers who make up
LHCA Board of Directors for 2018-19
Dennis Tack - President
Carol Weber - Secretary
Dave Ostlund - Treasurer
Pat Eldred - Communications
Paul Lund - Water Quality/Fisheries
Liz Martin - Social
MJ Cote - Camp Representative
Janet Webster – At Large
Mary Geoman – At Large
* Gary Eidson - legal counsel
* Chuck Corchran - website
*non - board position
Thanks to each of them for their hard work
on the Lake's behalf.
All that ice is
finally gone. Hooray! It went out in the early morning hours of Friday,
May 4th. This was a fairly late date for the event.
HERE to see the Lake Hubert ice out dates for over fifty years.
Signs of Spring
These carp were spotted in the Hubert/Clark
channel on April 21st. They were swimming from Clark toward Hubert but
the water was flowing from Hubert to Clark. At least there's finally some
liquid water, unlike the solid ice of last week. And on the subject of
ice, we learned this week that there are still THIRTY INCHES of ice on
Lake Hubert. Care to guess how long all that ice will take to melt?
Under all the snow
that's on the ground at Lake Hubert this spring, ticks are thriving and
the moment the snow melts they'll be ready to bite people and animals.
Blacklegged Ticks, also known as Deer Ticks, the ones that carry Lime Disease,
can be active when temperatures are as low as 40 degrees so when this very
cold spring finally lets the snow melt, be VERY careful about being out
on lawns and in the woods and use insect repellent on your socks and pant
legs even when it's cold out.
(Unless you look out
your window at Lake Hubert)
We still have a LOT of snow on the ground
and it probably won't go away until the overnight temperatures are much
warmer. As our friend Ole might say, "Uffda".
and Lena joke - Click Here
DNR Announces New
Northern Pike Regulations for
North central Minnesota
(including Lake Hubert)
When new regulations take effect in spring
2018, the majority of the state will be in the north-central zone, where
the issue is overpopulation of small pike. The objectives are to allow
more harvest of abundant small pike and shift population size structure
to more medium-sized pike.
In the north-central zone, anglers will
be able to keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer
than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released.
This means that you can keep ten northern
pike up to 21 inches (assuming you're not keeping any over 26 inches).
When we can keep all these northerns, how
can we filet the fish to remove those pesky Y-bones?
HERE to see a good YouTube video showing exactly how to do it.
Posted March 11
on The Ground at Lake Hubert
But the arrival
of Daylight Savings Time says that warmer days are ahead. If you're away
from the lake and would like to check on the amount of snow remaining,
check out these nearby webcams. Brainerd
Back Yard Webcam and Kavanaugh's
It's Not Spring Yet
But it will be soon.
When the air begins to warm and the snow
melts, the bears will be coming out of their winter dens and they'll be
Some of their favorite places to find a snack are the stash of seeds in
bird feeders. If you find that your feeder is suddenly empty some morning,
or if it's broken or on the ground, it's probably time to stop filling
it for a few weeks.
Easy Way To Know If Your Freezer Thawed
You Were Away
You've been away
from your home for a few days or weeks. When you return, how do you know
that the food in your freezer hasn't thawed and needs to be thrown out?
If it did thaw, it probably refroze so how can you know if it's safe to
Put a plastic cup
or tumbler full of water into the freezer and wait for the water to freeze
solid. Then put a penny on top of the ice. If you return from a time away
and find the penny at the bottom of the container you'll know that the
ice has melted and your food thawed too so it's not safe to eat. Simple
Prepared for the Next Power Outage
Check out some hints
you may not have considered.
Prevent Septic System Problems
Do you know what NOT to put down your
drains in order to keep your septic system operating properly?
The two worst things to put down your drains
are kitchen oil and grease. These common kitchen items are very difficult,
or even impossible, for septic systems to break down and thus can cause
The solution is easy. Keep a container
such as a soup can in your refrigerator or freezer and when you have bacon
grease or used cooking oil, put it into the container and when it gets
full, throw it away in the trash. To prevent odors in your fridge, just
enclose the can in a zip-lock bag.
Loon Sound Deprivation
The lake is frozen solid,
the snow is blowing and we long for the sounds of loons on warm summer
We've found a website with loon sounds
and the meaning of each sound. You can get your longings satisfied a bit
at an excellent loon website www.loon.org/voice-loon.php
Lake Hubert is blessed with an abundance
of resident loons in the summer, probably due to our very clear lake water
and the abundance of fish. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
loon page has some interesting loon facts. For example, did you know that
loons can dive to a depth of 250 feet and that their bones, unlike other
birds, are solid, not hollow? www.dnr.state.mn.us/birds/commonloon.html
Curling was one the activities ladies
did on the ice many years ago.
We don't think they went out when the
wind chill was minus 40 degrees like it's been at Lake Hubert recently.
It's time for our annual
fun to do when the temperature is way below zero"
With wind chill temperatures between 25
below zero and 50 below zero, it's a great time to bundle up and step outside
for just a few minutes. Our two favorite activities are fun for kids and
Go out into an area where there is light
from a spotlight, deck light or car headlights.
1. You can use kid's "Bubble Stuff"
that make bubbles shatter like glass. CLICK
HERE to learn how.
2. Take an insulated coffee cup full
of boiling water out side and throw the water into the air. It will instantly
turn into a cloud and not a drop will hit the ground. CLICK
HERE to see photos of Lake Hubert resident Scott Hough demonstrating
this in 2010
Like An Old Time Winter
As this is being
written at 9 AM on December 26, the temperature at Lake Hubert is 17 below
zero and the wind chill is 32 below. As you might expect, the ice on the
lake is now well formed and hardy souls can be seen out there at times.
Also as you might expect, thoughts of skinny dipping are being discouraged.
ALWAYS A GREAT TIME FOR
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:
P.O. Box 1352
Lake Hubert, MN 56459
It's been a
BIG Transition Week at Lake
We had gorgeous fall leaves that are all
gone now, and a great sunset and then snow, all in three days.
We have three photos that tell the story.
Here to see them.
2017 LHCA Photo Contest Winner
see the full size winning photo and all of the other great entries, click
on the photo above.
For those who are not at
the weather has been nippy at times. We've
had several nights when the temperature went down to 32 degrees but no
killing frost yet. The leaf color is at peak now, with great color along
almost any road or lake shore.
Don't leave dangerous
prescription drugs in your house.
Do you know where you can
safely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs?
Not down the drain where they can get
into the groundwater. Not in the garbage where they might be found and
The safe place to dispose of dangerous
prescription drugs is at the "Take It To The Box" disposal site. The one
near Lake Hubert is in the Nisswa City Hall building, at
5442 City Hall St., Nisswa
HOURS: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through
You don't need to interact with anyone
in the building. Just walk in and deposit your prescription drugs in the
steel security box just a few steps inside the main door. It's easy and
quick and your action could save someone from a major problem.
It's Sunday noon
when this is being written and there's been a LOT of rain at Lake Hubert
in the past few days. Since Friday, we've gotten 2.25 inches and more is
predicted for tonight and tomorrow during thunderstorms. There has been
no reported damage from the storms that brought all that rain.
Update: The final
rain total was 3.0 inches and the lake is up approximately 6 inches.
Autumn begins officially this week and
the weather seems to be very changeable, as is often the case in September.
In the past week our lake has seen temperatures in the 80's and in the
upper 30's. There have been quick deluges of rain including one that gave
us 3/4 inch in only fifteen minutes on Thursday. There have been skeins
of geese over a hundred birds strong while a few loons are still calling
too. There are plenty of crisp fall days too so enjoy them while they last.
The tree's turning color
It looks like the fall color in the area
around Lake Hubert is going to be several weeks earlier than usual. Some
places along local roads are showing an estimated ten percent of peak color
already. If you love to see fall color, take a drive around and check it
out. County highway 13 and 3 toward Brainerd have some good spots and so
does Highway 371 North of Nisswa. Enjoy.
On Sunday September
third, the air temperature was 83 degrees F. Today, two days later, the
high was 59. What a change!
The surface water
temperature on Lake Hubert was 83 degrees a few weeks ago and now it's
64 degrees. The unofficial end of summer has come and now the slow temperature
decline has begun. The air is crisp and there's a hint of wood smoke from
fireplaces in the evening air.
The pictures below
were taken on August 27th near Lake Hubert. Yes, those are maple trees
changing color. And so it begins.
When You're Closing The
Cabin This Year
Remember those families
that don't have enough to eat.
Rather than hauling those freezable canned
goods back to your winter residence, donate them to the local food shelf.
You can drop off donations at any local church or food store.
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.
HERE to go to the Numeric Press poster order page.
to Fred Jarl for finding this information.
note: The Lake Hubert Conservation Association has no affiliation with
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.
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.
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.
Posted April 23
Sun Country Airlines
is Naming A Plane After
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)
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 February 19
Here's One of Our Favorite
Photos From Winters Past
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.
2 IN CABIN
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.
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
Posted December 18
The below zero cold
always feels worse when it comes early and this year proves that point.
Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday.
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.)
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.
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.
Here to go to our page of blizzard photos.
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
October 16, 2016
Mussels found in Lake Hubert
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
Here to go to the Minnesota DNR Zebra Mussel page
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
Here are a few photos
of past ice movement.
A Great Piece of Writing
here to read about the bittersweet time of the year for many of us. Be
warned, this could bring a tear to your eye.
Got Weeds Along Your
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
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.
at Lake Hubert
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.
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.
the photo below to see three large photos.
Here to go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Great Gray Owl page
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.
Betting You Didn't Know This
Deer ticks can
be active at forty degrees.
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.
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.
HERE to read the whole story of Critter Wars at a home on Lake Hubert.
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
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
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.
July 19, 2015
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.
on a photo to see a larger version.
July 13, 2015
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
ON THE LAKE!
are you most likely to be struck by lightning?
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
accounted for more than three times as many fatalities as golfers,
while camping and boating each accounted for almost twice as many deaths
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,
off the lake immediately!
Here to see the complete government study.
Ann and David on Lake Hubert
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
It's usually not the wind.
Here's an excellent article that explains
the process that procuces the damaging ice movement.
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.
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.
Bald Eagles IN Lake
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.
HARVESTING AT LAKE HUBERT
Check out the history
and learn about the Lake Hubert Ice Road
Here to see the photos and read all about it.
Did Lake Hubert Property Cost
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
like thoughts that come and go,
snowflakes fall. Each one a gem."
Here to see our snowflake photo page.
When Was The Original
"Hubert" Changed to "Lake
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.
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.
Here to check it out.
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!
have LOTS of helpful hints that can help you while living at the lake.
- 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
- Know when to
watch for Northern Lights
- And lots more
see the whole list click on "HELPFUL HINTS" in the list on the left of
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
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.
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.
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
Long ago it was okay to wash your
clothes in the lake. Not any longer because it pollutes the lake
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
Two Pack of 2oz Campsuds Biodegradable Soap
soap at REI.com
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.
you from the Lake Hubert Conservation Association!
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.
NOT put used oil down a drain. DO
NOT pour used oil onto the ground.
can now recycle used oil at the Nisswa recycling center, behind the Nisswa
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.
Here for more
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.
the life of your septic system.
WASHER LINT FILTERS
Here for information and a picture
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.
here for an excellent Univ. of Wisconsin online booklet on shore lighting.