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Green Lake Association Meeting – September 25th, 2019

Green Lake Association September Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday Sept 25, 2019


Present: Bruce Meyer, Bob Milam, Lori Reichert, Cheryl Kempenich, Connie Mayfield

Absent: Joyce Wilking (Connie took minutes for the meeting)



  • Fall Newsletter Status – Christine Malam was not able to attend meeting but passed along that she needs information from this year’s AIS program and the financials year to date.
  • City Dock Beautification Project – Lori R. reported she in contact with the city. It is likely the plantings GLA was going to fund for the project will not be completed this year, as the city has not started their project at the corner of Stinson & West street where the new dock went in earlier this year. City plans to construct and arch and install fencing. She will keep us posted.
  • Rick Ranheim and Stephanie Brown have offered to store the GLA pontoon at their residence during the fall/winter months. (They purchased the former John Esmay property). We are very grateful for their offer.
  • GPS system for pontoon – Bob M. is looking into systems and will get back on product and price.
  • Can Recycling‐ vendor is very slow to pick up full bins, which is becoming an issue. We expect to get a check for about $400 for the last full bin from September
  • New Banners – two new banners for the recycling bins were purchased for at total of $150. The former ones were weather beaten and falling apart.
  • Phragmites treatment have been completed on N/S Center, Chisago and Lindstrom Lakes. The two properties on Green Lake should be done this week.
  • Financials – Chery K. reported checking account has a current balance of $29,468.84. GLA has 2 CD’s – one has a current balance of $10,805, the second CD has a current balance of $10,726.
  • There will not be a board of directors meeting in December 2019 or January 2020.

Green Lake Flotilla Schedule

GLA members,

Our first flotilla of the year will be Thursday June 13 starting at 6:30pm.  Stop by and meet follow members, neighbors and friends.

Look for the pontoon with the Green Lake Association banner, near the beach area at Ojiketa Park. Stop by for a few minutes or stay till dusk.  This is the third year the association has hosted the flotilla’s, lots of fun and a great way to meet new people on the lake.

Here are the dates for the flotillas, which all start at 6:30pm (weather permitting):

Thursday  June 27

Thursday  July 11

Thursday  July 25

Thursday   Aug. 8

Thursday  Aug 22

Hope to see you out on the lake!

Green Lake Association Meeting – May 29th, 2019

Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Cheryl Kempenich, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy, Monica Kinny, Jason Houle and Joyce Wilking.

Annual Meeting Assessment: (held April 11 at Uncommon Loon Brewery) Members thought it went well, the venue worked well, the screen & projector were great and guest speakers were well received. The venue appreciated GLA doing cleanup after. Suggestions for next year: correct speaker system & need longer cord, extend another hour & start earlier, record meeting and put video on website, put overheads on website.

Note: Weirs checks still being done weekly. Gauges need to be recalculated yearly.

Newsletter: the board would like to expand the newsletter by four pages (single sheet) to spread out business member’s advertisements. Christine will check on additional cost.

Curly Leaf Treatment: Bob Milam reported they treated less curly leaf this year but just now new growth is popping up in new areas. They would like to switch the permit date to spray later. He plans to spray for milfoil the week of June 15. Chemicals will be purchased from Lake Management. Spraying has to stay 125’ away from shore. From that point in is the property owner’s responsibility. The pontoon ran great. We don’t need a new motor. GLA currently has 2 new options to park and store the pontoon.

Phragmites: have been found to the right and left of Green Lake public access. Samples were sent in to the U of M and were identified as invasive. We will need a group of people to check to see if there is more from the public access going towards town to Ojekita. This should be done after the 4th of July.

City Dock: Lori reports that John Peckman expects the dock to go in on June 11th. It will be a 5’ floating dock, ADA compliable with a lip all around. A 5’ ramp that can be removed annually to make room for snowmobilers will get started June 28th. They are adding a launch device for kayaks and pontoons will be able to dock. There will be no cutout at the bottom of sidewalk. Instead it will be cutout up on the side. An arch with ‘Chisago’ will be installed after the ramp is done. The treehouse is on city property. John will talk with owners of the treehouse. A grant has been approved for plantings and railings. Casey Theil will help GLA decide on which plants to keep erosion down and help the rain system. Plantings will take place in the fall. We might be able to get another grant which brought up suggestions for: installing a launch system at Ojekita that would enhance the trail system or get picnic tables for little green that are handicap accessible and maintenance free.

Finances: Cheryl reported $25K in checking and $21K in CDs.

Carp Barrier: Bruce installed the barrier and thanked the volunteers who check it to keep weeds out so the water can keep flowing. He reported Frankie’s will not be sponsoring a carp fest this year. Last night the DNR had a boat out doing electrofishing for largemouth bass.

Seechi Disc Reading: Bruce reports the clarity for Green Lake is 12’ and Little Green is 11’.


  • The coalition meeting for Chisago/Lindstrom lake association presidents is June 25th.
  • The LID meeting is Mon, June 3rd.

Memorial Day Paddle – May 27, 2019

Join us for the 4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle!

When: Monday, May 27th 2019, Starting as early as 9am or as late as 1pm

Who: Canoes, Kayaks and Paddleboards, Join us on the Chisago Lakes Watertrail

Where: The full Flotilla will culminate at 2pm on Center Lake across from the Grumpy Minnow where the “After Paddle Party” will commence.

See Full Memorial Day Paddle 2019 Flyer

Green Lake Association Meeting – Feb 2019

February 20, 2019
Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy present

City meeting was last week that showed the plans for Lakeside School. We viewed the plans for the school property. Shelley, who lives next to the property, wants to get a Citizens group together to keep on top of the aware of the issues that could happen if this development proceeds as it looks now. There were a lot of people who were at the meeting.
They claimed the rental property has a higher tax rate. The zoning needs to change to make it residential and commercial. We need to define what our involvement should be: the shoreline, the drainage, anything that has to do with the lake and the shore.

Spring Meeting

  • Pulled Pork, cole slaw, BBQ sauce and chips
  • Bruce will start the meeting and explain what the board has done over the years.
  • Lori will do the Power Point presentation.
  • John Peckman will be the speaker. Casey Theil on matching fund for home owners projects for their shorelines.
  • Elections for Secretary
  • Change in the bylaws from 2 board members to 5 board members. – President, Vice President, Treasure,
    Secretary and one at large. We will check with Cheryl to see if she has done anything with this. Making it so not
    all the board members can leave at once. Because we need to have someone who can help the new board.
    Marketing the positions that help get new ideas on the board.
  • Vote on getting a new motor? We need to look at what the cost is going to be. We also need to give the pitch
    on why we need the new motor. Get a price together to present at the meeting and set up a GoFundMe page.

Chisago Lakes Community Organization Grant is for beautifying the area off Stinson. A report needs to be submitted by June 30th. We have to do this in order to apply for another grant from them. See about moving the snowmobile trail off Stinson to another area.

Water Days Meeting in the legislature is April 10th – Lori and Bruce are going.
Treatment Costs are going up about 8‐10%. If we need to cut back we should cut back on Curly Leaf Treatment.
Without the DNR funding we need extra money for treatment.

$48k in our finances. $11k from the LID for 2019. Hopefully in 2020 we will be getting money from the DNR that is allotted like previous years. In previous years we received $8k from DNR. We should be down this year on amount need to be treated on the lake.

Floatilla will be moved to the area near Ojekita near the toilets.. Other board members need to step up to host a flotilla.

Carp survey – a big portion of carp comes from Big Green. The survey doesn’t really tell us that we are stopping the reproduction of carp, The Carp Barrier has a permit through the DOT, Bruce has a dog crate he thinks will help with cleaning out the grate. Kevin said the carp are spawning by his house.

Lake Clean Up – will not be happening when the ice houses need to be off because we have way too much snow. The dumpster will be at the boat landings for the people to put their trash. Maybe mid‐March someone can go out on the lake and check for trash.

Loon Nest – no one knows where the old ones are but Connie found a place called Loon Care – we would need to add netting around the nest to keep the eagles away from the babies in the nest. The nest needs to be in place when the ice is immediately out. The male starts nesting right away. The nests need to be taken off the lake around July 4th otherwise muskrats chew it up and destroy it.

Green Lake Association Meeting – March 2019

March 20, 2019
Bruce Meyer, Cheryl Kempenich, Bob Milam, Christine Milam, Lori Richert, Kevin Murphy present

Spring Meeting

  • Pulled Pork, cole slaw, BBQ sauce and chips
  • Lori is checking John Peckman to be the speaker. Casey Theil on matching fund for home owners projects for their shorelines.
  • Elections for Secretary
  • Change in the bylaws Cheryl to see if she has done anything with this and whether is in pdf form and can be converted into Word doc.
  • We should change in the bylaws that members do not need to live on the lake.

Newsletter is done and will get sent to UPS Printing for print and mailing. Having different membership levels on the newsletter membership form has increased the GLA income – 17‐20 people generously donated at the Conservation Level of $150. More people are going online and paying their membership.

Water Days Meeting in the legislature is April 10th – Lori and Bruce are going. Right now the DNR funding for AIS is just for Curly Pond Leaf and Milfoil. They may expand it to other invasive species like Phragmites and Loose Leaf. The grant money from the DNR has that no more than 10% of the grant monies can go to each Lake Association. Larger lakes do not get more money than small lakes, should it be awarded for percentage of acreage of the lake?

Treatment Costs – question was brought up about potency of chemical if it is not all used and we store it for next year. It is stored in a building that doesn’t go below 60 degrees so it should be good if stored for another year. Lake Management may have a substantial price increase. Mike from Lake Management will sell us chemical in large barrels for convenience and ease of putting them on the treatment boat. We spend $18k to treat for Curly Pond Leaf. We were told the treatments work best when it is a sunny day because the weeds take in the chemical better when it’s sunny. Because of high water runoff from a lot of snow this year the weed situation in the lake may be greater.

Bruce is going to check on a new motor for the pontoon later in the summer when companies are getting rid of stock. The pontoon motor still works, it is 30 years old and we have had issues that have been fixed but may happen again.

John Peckman said there will be a new city dock at the end of Stinson. Bruce contacted Marine Dock and they said John has not contacted them yet. John said they have money set aside for the new dock.

The weir is going to be checked on Friday to see how high the water is and whether to open it. They may open it this week to stop flooding of homes on the lake.

Finances ‐ $29,600 in Checking. Two CDs at $10,700. One CD is coming up. One CD is at 2.99%. We will prepay for the treatment chemical because we need to keep out finances under $50k.

Shoreline Alterations: Ice Ridges

Property owners occasionally return to their cabins in the spring only to discover they are dealing with property damage caused by a phenomenon called “ice heaving” or “ice jacking”. This powerful natural force forms a feature along the shoreline known as an “ice ridge”. The result may include significant damage to retaining walls, docks and boat lifts, and sometimes even to the cabin itself.

How do ice ridges form? Ice ridges are caused by the pushing action of a lake’s ice sheet against the shore. Cracks form in the ice because of different contraction rates at the top and bottom of the ice sheet. This is especially true in years that the ice sheet lacks an insulating snow cover. Ice cracks also develop because the edges of the ice sheet are sometimes firmly attached to the shore. When water rises in the cracks and freezes, the ice sheet expands slightly. Rising air temperatures warm the ice, leading to additional expansion, which exerts a tremendous thrust against the shore. Alternate warming and cooling of the ice sheet leads to additional pushing action, causing the ice to creep shore ward and scrape, gouge, and push soil and rock into mounds (called “ice ridges”, “ice pushes”, or “ramparts”).

What can be done about ice ridges after they form? Because ice ridges do provide ecological benefits (described below), the ideal reaction to the formation of an ice ridge would be to do nothing other than remove personal property from its zone of influence. However, this is often impractical. Ice ridges can impede use of the lake by a property owner or the users of public lakeshore facilities. Therefore, action may be taken to remedy the results of ice activity.

  • Lake access can be obtained by ramping over or cutting through the ice ridge. There are circumstances, however, when it may be necessary to remove or grade an ice ridge. An individual Public Waters Work Permit is not required from the DNR to remove or grade an ice ridge if the work meets the following conditions:
  • The ice ridge resulted from ice action within the last year.
  • The project is either exempt from local permits or is authorized by issuance of a local government permit.
  • Not more than 200 feet of shoreline is affected.
  • All ice ridge material that is composed of muck, clay, or organic sediment is deposited and stabilized at an upland
    site above the ordinary high-water level (OHWL; see sidebar on page 1).
  • All ice ridge material that is composed of sand or gravel is removed as provided above or graded to conform to the
    original cross section and alignment of the lakebed, with a finished surface at or below the OHWL.
  • No additional excavation or replacement fill material occurs on the site.
  • All exposed areas are immediately stabilized as needed to prevent erosion and sedimentation (see Lakescaping
    information sheet).
  • Local zoning officials, the watershed district (if applicable) and the soil and water conservation district are given at
    least 7 days’ notice before beginning the project.

Removal or grading of an ice ridge must not disturb emergent aquatic vegetation, unless authorized by an aquatic plant
management permit from the DNR’s Division of Fisheries.

What can be done about ice ridges before they form? The simplest means of avoiding ice-related damage to shoreline property is to ensure that personal property is out of wrath’s path. State and local shoreland regulations requiring setback limits not only lead to improved aesthetics but also help to minimize personal property damage from ice action and wave-induced erosion. Engineering solutions are sometimes pursued to remedy ice ridge problems, but they can be expensive and ineffective. If an engineering solution is pursued, property owners should seek the advice of a professional.

What are the benefits of ice ridges? Ice ridges are natural berms that have formed around Minnesota’s lakes over thousands of years. These mounds of material provide the lake with ecological benefits by creating a barrier to nutrient loading. Nutrients collect on the landward side of the mound, producing fertile soil where plants and trees thrive. The root systems of this near-shore plant community help to protect the shore from erosion and soak up additional nutrients. Shade and habitat offered by near-shore plants benefit organisms along the shore and in the lake, thus supporting nesting and spawning fish.

Ice ridges also work to protect the shore from the lake itself. For example, a small ice ridge formed one year is followed by additional pushes in ensuing years. The ridge is fortified by jamming rocks into it. The roots of the near-shore plant community bind together the soil and rock to form natural shoreline protection.

View the full Shoreline Alterations: Ice Ridges flyer PDF.

Phragmites in the Chisago Chain of Lakes

Phragmites is an invasive, or a “non-native,” semi-aquatic perennial grass that came to North America in the 1700’s to early 1800’s. It is known as “Common Reed.” It is tall (reaching up to 15 feet) and densely growing. It is found in wetlands, river bank areas, on shorelines, and in roadside ditches.

Phragmites in the Chisago Lakes Area grow fast and can take over shoreland and wetland areas, push out native vegetation, reduce habitat quality for wildlife, obstruct lake views and block water access. North and South Center Lakes, and Chisago and South Lindstrom Lakes are highly infested with phragmites.

Local lake associations are working with the MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District and Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District to identify and map occurrences of phragmites and determine long- term ways to treat infestations along shorelines, and in wetland and upland areas in the Chisago Lakes area. Center Lakes Association and Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association are actively working with lakeshore owners to cut stands of phragmites on shorelines and treat with an approved herbicide.

Contact your local lake association and a representative will visit your lakeshore property, map the location and take a sample to send to MAISRC to confirm if it is native or invasive phragmites. If found to be invasive, the lake association will contact you on how to best treat the phragmites.

Visit to see if your property has been identified as infested.

View the full Phragmites Flyer PDF

Meeting Minutes – Jan 9th 2019

Green Lake Association Meeting

January 9, 2019

Bruce Meyer, Connie Mayfield, Bob Milam, Christine Milam,  Cheryl Kempenich, Lori Richert present

March 4th is the date the ice houses need to be off the lakes.

Crappie tournament with the Lion’s club, is May 4th 7-11:30 am,

May 16th –Phragmites (a vegetative plant) invasive species class will bring an understanding of what this invasive species are and what they do. Gary Shoemaker and Bruce are going to go around the lake to see if there are any on the lakeshore.  If they are on the lake, the owner will be able to contact the LID to get rid of it. Mary and Nancy can help with verifying it.

Vote to move the Annual meeting to Spring.  Elections move to Spring also. Everyone agreed to moving both.

Spring Meeting Agenda

Where:  Uncommon Loon  Date:: April 28th Sunday afternoon   Time: afternoon – 2-4:00 Food – Pulled pork

Suggestd Speakers – Phil Moore – DNR , Joe Rodgers – boat inspections. Speakers for weeds. Shoreline Restoration.

Spring Newsletter  for end of March, UPS for printing again.

Raise the rates for Dues – Members – $40, Business Membership – $125 – need more business sponsors.

No DNR money again this year, Mark Koran is the contact but no info yet.   But we did get the LID grant. We would have been better off financially if it weren’t for the updated boat repairs.  We will donate to Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Organization to help them get Grants going again in Minnesota.

St. Croix Grant money is to be used for city dock– Lori will check on when the project design needs to be submitted – she believes it needs to be done by end of June. John Peckman is the City Manager that should be contacted on this.

Renting the pontoon to other lake associations for weed spraying – issue was they wanted us to be the volunteers.  There would be a liability issue with doing this.

Finances CD-1:$10,645.19, CD-2 $10,707.90   Checking – $26.918.51 $1589 in the black after expenses.  We did ok even though we lost the DNR grant. Since October $1400 in dues paid.

501.C4 status – we should stay at that.  It just means it isn’t tax deductible.

We agreed to prepay for the Navigation channels this year. Cheryl will write the check.

Bruce is fixing up new chemical markers for spraying. People are giving him large, empty, plastic containers to use for the markers.  They are see-through so the warning signs can be seen.

Bruce would like to step down from President.  He would still be involved and would still like to do AIS, the Wier, LID meetings, Christine would like to step down from secretary and just do the newsletter.   

Go–Fund–Me would work for new Boat Motor for the pontoon, and possible AIS treatments down the road.  

LID Meeting elections – they need to get voters in – February 4th. Suggested we get Absentee ballots.  The board members need our support.

Lake clean up – March 3rd  when the ice houses need to be off.   Sunday morning 10-12am.

Place for the GLA pontoon – we need to find a new home for it. Bruce was going to hit up John Boyer from Lake Canvas.

Frankie is not doing the Carp Tournament, so the Lions Club will take it over again.  Only a one day event. The Lions need our help at the landings.

Tagging the Carp – a university is doing a study and need them rounded up to tag the carp.    

Carp Fencing – it is happening again this year.  LID and Bruce will put it up again but will need volunteers to clean out the fence.

Muskrats were trapped and taken by trappers around the lake.  Russians buy the fur from these trappers.

Water clarity disk for water quality is being taken over by Bruce from Rick Eckstrom.  Rick has been doing this for years. It’s time for him to let someone else do it on our lake.  We need a new person to gather the information. Add a write up on Rick who has been doing this for years in the newsletter.

We will discuss the Flotilla at the next meeting.