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September 17, 2017
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The below zero cold always feels worse when it comes early and this year proves that point. Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday.
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.)
Our lake has not
frozen over yet but with colder temperatures predicted it may not be long.
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
Here are a few photos of past ice movement.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Adult deer tick on a thumbnail.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Here to see our snowflake photo page.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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