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Hubert, MN 56459
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Lake Hubert Conservation Association Annual Meeting
will be held on
June 22, 2019
Coffee at 8:30 AM, Meeting at 9:00 AM
At the Lutheran Church of the Cross, just
east of the intersection of Hwy 371 and County Road 13.
Independence Day At The Lake
July 3rd, 10:00 PM Fireworks
over Lake Hubert. Watch the Camp Lincoln fireworks from your boat out on
the lake. Remember, the law requires you to have your boat lights
on and to have all children wearing life jackets. Bring your mosquito
repellent too. The biters WILL find us out on the lake. Thanks to the Cote
family camps for letting us enjoy the show.
July 4th, 10:00 AM The
great Lake Hubert Independence Day boat parade. Deck your boat out with
kids waving flags and all forms of red, white and blue regalia. Boat over
and join lots of your neighbors in sunset bay in the Southwest corner of
the lake and follow the parade leader around the lake in a clockwise direction.
Remember to have the kids wear life jackets. See you there!
Lake Hubert Summer Social
July 27, 5 to 8 PM The
Lake Hubert Social Gathering at the Wieland family home in Sunset Bay,
22238 Camp Lincoln Road. Bring a desert or appetizer to share.
Lovely Warm Weather
This week has been
nicely warm and very windy at times. As this is being written, the wind
is blowing from the south at 20 MPH and there are lots of whitecaps. The
lake water's surface temperature was a toasty 75 two days ago and the long
hours of sunlight are helping to keep it that warm. Some hardy souls have
been seen out tubing. There have been thousands of dragonflies flying overhead,
hopefully eating lots of gnats and mosquitoes. Happily, your writer has
not had a single mosquito on him yet. As usual for early June, the mayflies
are beginning to appear. If you're not yet at the lake, come on up!
been in the 70's and 80's for the past three days. The wildflowers are
finally blooming, about 25 days later than normal. The lake is beginning
to warm and the first reeds have just appeared above the water's surface.
Many docks have been installed so the lake is beginning to look like it's
summer. The water level is still VERY high.
The cool, wet spring weather continues.
The lake level is higher than at freeze-up last fall by four or five inches
and the Mississippi River is still flooding at Aitkin which is an indication
of how much precipitation has fallen. So far, not many docks have been
installed in our lake this spring and the fishing has been reported as
very slow, probably due to the cold lake water. The forest wild flower
blooms are at least 16 days later than normal which is no surprise given
the cold temperatures and gray skies.
The hummingbirds are back so put your feeders
out. Your web gnome saw not only the hummingbird today but the golden eagle
so the range from smallest bird to largest has been covered. Some fresh
bear scat, aka bear poop, was also seen today on the North end of the lake.
If you have paid your 2019 Lake Hubert
Conservation Association dues, THANK YOU.
If not, please pay them now. ($95 for
a regular membership, $50 for an associate member who is a family member
of a paid regular member. Send payments to LHCA, P.O. Box 1352, Lake Hubert,
It's official. The
lake is 100% ice free as of today, Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
see the historic ice-out dates for over 50 years.
Thanks to our ice
watchers, John Holbrook and Larry Lindman for keeping an eye out for the
exact date when the ice went away.
But Not Quite
The ice on Lake
Hubert is getting close to going out but not quite yet. We'll post the
ice-out news here as soon as the lake is ice free so watch this space.
Here's what it looked
like on April 18th.
The snow was all gone and it was nice
to see the grass again even though it was still mostly brown. Then wham!
A foot of new snow with high winds making drifts.
The lake ice is not yet gone and the new
snow blanket will likely delay the ice-out date a bit.
One thing is quite certain. The lake water
level will be high this spring.
an April Fools Joke, (we hope)
We've actually had
some spring-like high temperatures in the past week and it feels wonderful!
There are narrow
patches of liquid water against the shores of Lake Hubert and much of the
snow on the ground is gone.
In 2018 the ice
went out of our lake on May 4th but in 2017 it went away almost a month
earlier, on April 6th. You can see our complete list of historic ice-out
And one not so
nice sign of spring: The first ticks have been seen. They can be active
at 40 degrees F so protect your pets and check yourself when you've been
Look who's back!
The first robins have arrived at Lake
Hubert and they're VERY welcome after the horrendous winter we've had.
St. Patrick's Day
has brought actual above freezing high temperatures and these warm highs
are predicted every day for the next two weeks. AT LAST!
The night time temps
will still be below freezing but the warmer days are making the deep snow
slowly disappear. With official spring beginning this week, there is hope.
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As This Is Being Written,
On Saturday, March 9,
Above Freezing At Lake Hubert
The First Time in Sixty Days!
It's 36 degrees
above zero at noon. That's the GOOD news. The not so good news is that
the "warm" air has been brought to us courtesy of an impending snow storm
that will arrive within the next few hours, bringing 6 to 9 inches of new
snow. There are more above freezing temperatures in the coming week's forecast
so the long, long winter may be finally loosening its grip.
Freezing Temperatures In The Forecast!
If the weather forecasters
are correct, our ridiculously long string of below freezing high temperatures
(53 days as of this writing) will come to an end on March 12 when the high
will be a balmy 32 degrees F. This will mean that the long freeze will
have lasted sixty-two straight days. As good as this sounds, we
recommend that you not get your swim suit out just yet.
It seems like we keep
harping about the cold and snowy weather this year.
And we are.
We've just checked the weather records
for Lake Hubert (well, actually for Brainerd since that's the nearest weather
station) and here's the chilly record. As of today, February 24, we have
not seen a high temperature of 32F or above for forty-seven days. The
coldest temperature during that time was 43 degrees below zero on January
31st. The forecast doesn't show any relief for many days into the future.
The good news, if you think of it as good, is that spring is "only" 25
Hunker down and put another log on the
The winter weather goes
It's been over a month since we had a
temperature above the freezing point and the deep snow cover is helping
to keep both the nights and the days cold. The weather forecasters say
that the high temperatures will not go above freezing for at least the
next two weeks so prepare to pay quite a bit for your heating bill.
Hang in there. Our guess is that the weather
will suddenly turn much warmer three or four weeks from now but just when
is anybody's guess.
Well, it did warm up
this week, sort of.
Instead of the 40 below temp last week,
the lowest low this week was a balmy 22 below zero.
If you've ever wondered how thick the
ice on our lake gets when the temperatures get so cold, we have a picture
that can give you an idea. Of course a thick blanket of snow will insulate
the ice surface so the ice will be thickest if the air is very cold and
there is no snow cover. This year we have quite a bit of snow so the ice
will not be quite as thick as it could be.
The chunk of Lake Hubert ice in this photo
was removed from the lake by a spear fisherman in 2009. We estimate it
to be at least two feet from top to bottom, maybe more.
40 Below Zero At Lake
Yes, it's been a very cold week at the
lake. It was 43 below on Thursday morning, January 31 and the day before
on Wednesday morning the wind was blowing and the wind chill was 55 below
zero. As noted in our January 26 post below, it's been a long time since
that kind of low temperature happened here.
Hmmmm. 30 degrees below
That's predicted for this coming week.
Actual temperature, not wind chill. That's not like the minus 40's that
were seen every winter way back in the 1950's and 1960's but it's still
mighty cold. Add some wind and the cold is dangerous. Be careful out there.
For Lake Hubert
It's been warmer than normal so far in
January but double digit below zero temperatures are predicted for this
week. Nothing like 25 or 30 below is predicted but nippy none-the-less.
December December 28
of Snow at Lake Hubert
Lake Hubert received
over 13 inches of snow during the storm of December 27-28.
That white blanket
will help insulate septic lines from the below zero temperatures predicted
for the coming week.
Time for a cup of coffee while overlooking beautiful Lake Hubert at
Photo by John Holbrook
It's time to start skating on Lake Hubert.
Bundle up and let the fun begin!
A beautiful sunrise over Lake Hubert on
Photo by Lisa Corchran Hake
Road 13 to be rebuilt
Crow Wing County
is beginning the process of reconstructing County Road 13 from County Road
137 to Highway 371. There are new surveyor's stakes along CR 13 that have
to do with this project. Among other improvements, six foot wide paved
shoulders will be added and drainage will be enhanced. We're guessing that
you should expect substantial travel disruptions during construction.
HERE to see the highway department's letter describing this project.
Do you know all of the
different species of fish in Lake Hubert?
Have you ever heard of the
banded killifish or the Johnny darter?
According to the DNR, the following fish
are in our lake.
Black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill,
brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern
pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye,
yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, white sucker,
banded killifish, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, Johnny
darter, spottail shiner
HERE to see the detailed results of DNR fish counts in our lake (not including
We've had our first light snow and now
the Thanksgiving turkeys are strutting around Lake Hubert. Winter must
The first frost
of the season occurred at Lake Hubert on Friday, September 28. It was only
30 degrees which isn't a "killing" frost (27 degrees is considered killing)
but it's certainly a harbinger of things to come.
Forget crumpled newspaper and high priced
"fatwood" kindling. There's excellent free kindling for your fireplace
or wood stove. It's lying on the ground beneath White Pine trees and it
is one of the best fire starters available anywhere. The cones of the White
Pine are often large, up to eight inches long, and are coated with sticky,
white, flammable resin.
When dry like the one in the photo above,
the cones spread open, making them perfect for fire starting. When wet
they close up but open again when they dry out. You can easily collect
bushels of the cones after big winds, especially in autumn.
Hint: If your hands get sticky from the
resin, rub them with some peanut butter and then wash it off with soap
and water. Surprising, but it works great.
Posted July 15
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 you anything extra.
Instead of typing AMAZON.COM into your
browser, or clicking on an Amazon Icon you have, type SMILE.AMAZON.COM
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.
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
*Harold Stewart - Director Emeritus
*non - board position
Thanks to each of them for their hard work
on the Lake's behalf.
Posted March 18, 2018
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 February 25
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.
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.
Posted October 1
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.
Hubert Posters Now Available
The Sun County Airlines
16 X 20 inch Lake Hubert poster 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 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 October 24
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.
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
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.