Environmental Stewardship Newsletter, Issue #267                                   August 13, 2011

This is the two hundred and sixty-seventh edition of a twice-monthly (or so) cyber newsletter that updates citizens that love the Brainerd Lakes Area on opportunities to foster environmental stewardship through participation in pending meetings, hearings, workshops, and other activities.  You receive this newsletter because you expressed support for this community priority or because you have been recommended as a community leader.  If you wish to be removed from the mailing list please e-mail me at dhickman@brainerd.net.  Likewise, if you have a story or opportunity to promote – please let me know!


Today: Historic Trade Route Celebration set Saturday in Outing


OUTING — With the confirmation that two of Minnesota’s best flintknappers (makers of stone tools) — Rod Johnson and Dan Wendt — are coming to Outing, the cast is set for Saturday’s Historic Trade Route Celebration.

Geographer Joseph Nicollet will lead the 10 a.m.-arriving canoe expedition. His troupe will be aboard handmade birch bark canoes — from medium-sized to two that can each carry 14 adults.  

Also included will be the great North Country cedar-strip canoes from Mille Lacs Kathio State Park for archaeologist-led canoe tours from the Outing Station dock at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each tour can accommodate 18 passengers (reservations are requested and may be made at the site if seats are available).

Saturday’s schedule

9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Demonstration and storytelling at various locations (maps provided).

9 a.m. — Archeologists discuss bridge artifacts at the Narrows. Local artifacts 2,000-plus years old, Hamline University student team assisting.

10 a.m. — Nicollet canoe expedition with authentic birch bark canoes will arrive at the Narrows  (join in with your own canoe); Native elders will greet and welcome them.

10:30 a.m. — Land O’ Lakes Marine Flintknappers, pottery demonstration and birch bark canoes on exhibit.

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Archaeologist-conducted canoe rides in “cedar-strip cargo canoes.” Sign up and depart from the dock across from The Outing Station.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Luscher Park — Leech Lake dancers, Leech Lake drummers (singers).

Other demonstrations and information:

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — The Village Inn: CIRHN, Archaeology Display, from South Roosevelt Lake. RALALA barbecue.

Outing Library, sponsored book signing, historic materials available.

Noon-2 p.m.: RALALA silent auction.

8:30 p.m.: Live music at the Narrows.

Tonight: Local Foods


It's time again for our annual Five Stars in the Field Dinner, hosted by Farm of Plenty and Crow Wing Food Co-op. The dinner will be next Saturday, August 13th, at Farm of Plenty in Randall, MN. Proceeds go to benefit the Salvation Army Food Shelf, Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, and Hunger-Free Morrison County. Come at 6:00pm for social hour and tour the farm, meet local growers, and view silent auction items. Stay for dinner at 7:00--five courses of local foods with wine pairings, prepared by our five star chefs:


Matt Annand - Prairie Bay

Justin Bolz-Andolshek - Lakes Latté

Tom Kavanaugh - Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

Daniela Sutin - Grand View Lodge

Tomas Zimmerman - A.T. The Black and White


Tickets are available here at the Crow Wing Food Co-op in Brainerd


Rain Garden Workshop


Join us for a free hands-on workshop on how to create a raingarden at your own home. Raingardens are a beautiful landscape feature that captures rainfall flowing off your roof and driveway. Flowering plants, grasses and shrubs, and the soil soak up the water and the pollutants. Bring home your own do-it-yourself raingarden Blue Thumb guide.

At the workshop you will learn:

·         site conditions to consider when constructing a raingarden, such as soil type, how to size your garden, and amount of impervious surface

·         what plants are suitable for a raingardens

·         how to maintain the garden

·         find out if you are eligible for raingarden cost-share $

Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we will be planting raingardens at the Immaculate Heart-Mary Catholic church in Crosslake.

August 26, 2011

3:00-8:00 pm Immaculate Heart-Mary Catholic

35208 County Road 37, Crosslake, Minnesota  56442

Dinner and snacks will be provided. Bring gloves and a trowel.

RSVP by August 17 to Carrie Maurer-Ackerman: carriea@minnesotawaters.org, 218-587-2980. Pre-registration for this workshop is required.

Sponsored by Minnesota Waters, Crow Wing SWCD, University of Minnesota Extension, Crow Wing County Master Gardeners and Immaculate Heart Mary Catholic Church.

Funding for this workshop has been provided through Xcel Energy Foundation and the Clean Water Legacy


Annual Crow Wing Lakes and Rivers Alliance meeting


The 2011 Annual Membership Meeting of the Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (LARA) will be held Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Edward Town Hall (at the junction of County Hwys. 13 and 4 on the west side of Lake Edward).  Refreshments will be available.  


There will be a brief business meeting, the presentation of this year's Water Warrior Award, and an explanation of the 2012 CWEPA Fund grant, for which application forms will be available to lake associations in attendance at the meeting.


This will be followed by an informal sharing session with lake association representatives/members sharing with one another their ideas, projects, successes, failures, interests, concerns, etc.  


The LARA Board of Directors encourages you to have one or more of your board members or association members in attendance.



Third Annual Lake & Farm Harvest Dinner


Saturday, August 27, Nisswa Community Center, 4:30 Farmers Market, 5:00 cash bar, 6:00 Dinner.  Program to follow-Sally Wakefield & Phil Hunsicker- Envision Minnesota (formerly 1000 Friends of MN). Allen Family band playing bluegrass & old timey music throughout the evening.


Sponsors: Cass County & Crow Wing County Farm Bureaus, Nisswa & Leader Lions, Pine River Watershed Alliance & WAPOA.


Tickets are $20, cheap at twice the price as we have all locally grown foods ( including Salmon from Moreys, a local supplier), many course menu (more than anyone can eat) prepared by Executive Chef, Tom Kavagnaugh.


 For more information: jwallsch@uslink.net,  



Working and Retired Executives!!


The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is launching a new Executive Initiative for working and retired individuals. This program strives to better utilize the knowledge and expertise of Brainerd Lakes Area seasonal and year round residents who are, or were, business leaders.  The goal is to engage new individuals to assist BLAEDC with their mission to expand business, build community and grow jobs in Crow Wing County.  Please consider joining us to learn more.


Executive Initiative Informational Meeting

(Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments to be served)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cru at Grandview from 3-5pm


Under the guidance of BLAEDC, the Executive Initiative participants will have several involvement options including:


*Being ambassadors for the Brainerd Lakes Area and providing leads of companies looking for expansion sites,

*Serving on Business Advisory Boards or mentoring companies currently located in the Brainerd Lakes Area that would like to  grow their operations, and

*Providing financial resources to companies in need of funds to grow.


The Executives who participate will benefit by:


*Ensuring the economic health and well-being of a community they call home.

*Having opportunities to meet and develop connections with other executives that reside in the lakes area.

*Attending social gatherings.

*Giving back through philanthropic contributions to the area through time, talents or treasures.


 For more information on this program, plan to attend the informational meeting, RSVP's encouraged, or contact Sheila Haverkamp or John Gunstad at (218) 828-0096 or sheila@growbrainerdlakes.org john@growbrainerdlakes.org


Please share this invitation with anyone you know who might be interested in this opportunity!



Project Update: Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan

An update on the development of the Crow Wing County Comprehensive Recreation Trails Plan is included on the agenda of the County Board of Commissioners’ Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, August 16th.  Materials from the meeting will be posted online when they are available.

The agenda for the meeting is available at:

Competitive state grants available for water quality projects


The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced $16.6 million in competitive grants is available for projects that will protect and restore Minnesota's streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Funding for the competitive grants is provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

BWSR executive director John Jaschke said interested citizens should contact an eligible local government unit to find out how they can support the grant application process and participate in local efforts to protect and restore water quality.

Eligible projects include those that control stormwater runoff in urban and agricultural areas or that will improve water quality by replacing problem septic systems, upgrading feedlots or establishing native vegetation along shorelines in environmentally sensitive areas.

Summaries of previously funded projects and more information about BWSR's role in the Legacy Amendment is available on the BWSR website at www.bwsr.state.mn.us/citizens.html.

Minnesota's cities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations and joint powers organizations of these local government units are eligible for the grants.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 20.

In addition to the competitive grants, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has $4.5 million available through its AgBMP Loan program, and interested landowners should apply for a loan during this same application

Native plants topic of Wild Ones event Aug. 20 in Brainerd




"Getting back to Eden: Restoring the Landscape with Native Plants" is the topic of the next Wild Ones event at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.

Speaker will be Holly Holm, horticulturist and photographer.

Holm's presentation will provide the basics for turning any suburban style landscape into an environment-friendly oasis.

Her own back yard is a certified monarch waystation that received Best Landscape Restoration in 2009 from the watershed district.

Admission is free for Wild Ones members and $2 for others.

For more information, contact Beth Hippert at 218-330-2578 or BrainerdWildOnes@ymail.com.

Wild Ones is a non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization promoting landscaping in harmony with nature.

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Forest game birds topic of Fifty Lakes Foundation meeting


The Fifty Lakes Foundation meeting Friday, Aug. 19, will feature a presentation by Ted Dick on forest game birds in Minnesota.

A potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the speaking program at 7 p.m. at the foundation clubhouse. Guests are welcome.

Dick is the grouse coordinator for the DNR. He will discuss grouse and woodcock management including populations, monitoring, habitat projects, hunting regulations, educational opportunities and his new position working with both the DNR and the Ruffed Grouse Society, a private conservation organization.

He also may discuss current projects for sharp-tailed grouse and spruce grouse.

The position of grouse coordinator exists to improve and enhance grouse populations and recreational opportunities associated with forest wildlife. Dick has worked for the Minnesota DNR as a wildlife biologist since 2000. Before that, he was a habitat specialist in Baudette.

He has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in wildlife conservation and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from St. Olaf College.

Dick lives north of Deer River in the Chippewa National Forest and spends free time at the family cabin near Longville.

The Fifty Lakes Foundation clubhouse is located at 40554 S. Eagle Lake Road (northeast corner of County Road 1 and County Road 3 intersection).

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Cabin Succession Planning Workshop is Aug. 19 at Walker Community Center


The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) and the Ten Mile Lake Association (TMLA) is offering a repeat of last year's workshop, "Your Cabin, Your Family, Your Legacy" on Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walker Community Center.

The family cabin or lakeshore property can be a family's most treasured asset. The workshop will provide an overview of different legal and estate planning tools and family considerations for passing down the family property to the next generation along with resources to assist interested landowners.

Margaret Cronin, an estate planning expert with the law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, will discuss basic legal and logistical considerations, including cabin trusts and limited liability companies, to help you determine if cabin succession planning is right for your family. Gary Dietrich of the Northway Group will talk about the importance of planning for intergenerational transfer of property and considerations to encourage a positive family outcome. Paula West, executive director of the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation, will provide an overview of various natural resource conservation options to consider in planning for your property's future. There is a minimal charge to attend; payable at the door.

The Ten Mile Lake Association (TMLA) will subsidize the attendance of their members.

Because there is limited seating for the event, an RSVP is requested. Reply with the number of attendees and current contact information to info@leechlakewatershed.org with "Workshop" in the subject line; call LLAWF at 218-675-5773; or see www.leechlakewatershed.org.

TMLA members should RSVP to Heidi Hoppe at 218-675-6265 or d.h.hoppe@tds.net.

Happy Dancing Turtle Photo Contest


It's that time of year again - please consider submitting photos for this year's edition of the Happy Dancing Turtle Happenings Calendar. This 5th edition of the calendar will run from September 2011-December 2012. We have many exciting and informative topics coming that need accompanying photographs.

The topics are:
Fall Garden Season Extension
Climate Change
Financial Awareness
Sustainable/Healthy Communities
Creative Winter Activities
Different Types of Gardening
Community Supported Agriculture/Bulk Buying
Companion Planting
Lawn Care/Natural Landscaping
Clean Water: Waste treatment, Fishing practices, invasives - etc.
Know Your Farmer
Seed Saving
Energy Auditing & RREAL's Solar Panels
Sustainable Shopping
Invasives - land: emerald ash/ spotted nap weed - etc.
--Some of these topics are tough to visually represent, think creatively. :)

Specifics: Jpeg format, 300 dpi or greater, high compression and resolution preferred. Please send a description of the photo and the location it depicts. Also include photographer's name, email address and phone number. Submitted photos will become the property of Happy Dancing Turtle. When used, photographers will be credited.

Send submissions/questions to photocontest@happydancingturtle.org no later than 8am on August 20, 2011.

Prizes to all photographers whose pictures are used in HDT Calendar. Photographers will receive photo credit. Grand prize of $75 in Pine River Chamber Bucks.

Open Spaces Sacred Places Grants




The following was adapted from the web site above.


In 2012, the TKF Foundation will begin the Open Spaces Sacred Places National Awards Initiative. This new award program will fund the creation of significant Open Spaces Sacred Places that are designed specifically with the intent to study and communicate the impact of a specific type of urban public greenspace on users.


Grants will be awarded from a total funding pool of $5 million. Funding will be provided to cross-disciplinary teams that conceptualize, plan, design and implement a physical space, conduct associated research study(s) and disseminate findings. 


The funding will be enacted in two sequential phases. As an optional first step in the Open Spaces Sacred Places Awards process, applicants may apply for a planning grant; deadline for application is September 1, 2011. Following the planning phase, applicants may apply for Open Spaces Sacred Places Awards beginning February, 2012

For more details, see the web site above.


Eco Camps Offered by Happy Dancing Turtle


Happy Dancing Turtle will host six sessions of Eco Camp this summer - three in Pine River, and three in Baxter. Children attending Eco Camp will learn about ways to live more sustainably through experiments, projects, crafts, games, field trips and activities. The camps will focus on energy conservation, food and water security, and environmental stewardship.

Remaining sessions are as follows, according to what grade children will enter in the fall of 2011:

Pine River

Grades 5-6 - August 22-26

Each weeklong session runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pine River sessions will be held on the Hunt Utilities Group Campus on Hwy. 2 West of Pine River. Baxter sessions will be held at Forestview Middle School.

Tuition for each session is $50, which includes snacks, supplies, fees, and a T-shirt. Registration forms are available on our website, www.happydancingturtle.org, or can be picked up at the Pine River Chamber Information Center, Pine River Public Library, Pine River-Backus Family Center, Pine River-Backus School District Office, Pequot Lakes Public Library, and Pequot Lakes Community Education Office. Sessions will be limited to 15 children, so get your registrations in as early as possible. Registrations are due a minimum of two weeks prior to each session, and cancellation of sessions due to lack of registrations will be determined one week prior to each session.

For more information, contact Happy Dancing Turtle at 218-587-2303, bbeck@happydancingturtle.org, or visit our website at www.happydancingturtle.org.

Position Opening:

Advisory Council on Water Supply System & Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Appointing: Commissioners of the Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Compensation: $55 per diem
Vacancies: One (1) - Wastewater Operator Representative- Rural Facility

The council advises the commissioners of the Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency regarding classification of water supply systems and wastewater treatment facilities, qualifications and competency evaluation of water supply system operators and wastewater treatment facility operators, and additional laws, rules and procedures that may be desirable for regulating the operation of water supply systems and of wastewater treatment facilities.

The council consists of 11 members including one member from the Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, appointed by the commissioner of health; one member from the Pollution Control Agency; appointed by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency; three members who must be certified water supply system operators, appointed by the commissioner of health; three members who must be certified wastewater treatment facility operators, appointed by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency; one member representing an organization that represents municipalities, appointed by the commissioner of health with the concurrence of the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency; and two members of the public who are not associated with water supply systems or wastewater treatment facilities.

One of the members of the public shall be a representative of academia in a water or wastewater related field. One must be appointed by the commissioner of health and the other by the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency. One of the water supply system operators and one of the wastewater treatment facility operator must be from outside the metro area, and one wastewater operator must come from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. One of the water supply system operators must representative a non-municipal community or non-transient non-community water supply system. The council meets quarterly in St. Cloud.

Application forms may be found at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=5 or may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State, Open Appointments, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-1299, or in person at Room 180 of the State Office Building.



Don Hickman & Sandra Kaplan

Merrifield, MN 56465