2015 Annual Meeting
DNR Guest Speaker Amy Childress from the Fergus Falls office spoke until 9:55am.
Rick spoke about the aquatic invasive species. Todd County will be provided over $100k for 2016. Lake Beauty had test done for Zebra Mussels and will do another one in Spetember
Someone asked about money alloted to Lake Beauty Association. Need to ask. Lake Beauty does not have any AIS Clean up stations (2 in Todd County) not working. Zebra Mussels need to sit for three weeks.
Rick Jones went to TCL and River Day regarding restoring your shore and native vegetation. There was a question about increased awaremess about AIS.
Bob Fossum to volunteer the Boat Parade and Dock Decorating
July 2, 2016- Fireworks; Comments were excellent for 2015!
Will donate $200 Greg Murtha and Bob Fossum motioned.
Mary Stocco will ask brother to help with fireworks for 2016 as they are low on people.
Asking for ideas about website updates.
Annual Board of directors meeting on May 21, 2016 at Rick’s house
Association Member Annual meeting on August 20, 2016
Brian A. spoke about the feed lot. It’s back and forth between the county and township; could go on for a long time. Tar road was a gravel fix for 2015, thought it would be base for tar replacement; get email addresses. Civil Defense Alarm (2) Sheriff will pull alarm. Currently the gym at LLBC is available for severe weather. LLBC would like visitor badges due to increase in security.
Jim and Susan Lundquist bought Sandy’s home.
1st responders; have 4 on lake. still hasn’t been consolidated-coming soon
Association Directory. Mary will work on updating.
Rick Jones, Brian Alnes and Mary Stocco elected as President, Vice President and Secretary.
Harlan Clark moved to adjourn.
2014 Annual Meeting
August 16, 2014
9:04am – 15 present; coffee and rolls served.
Call to order – meeting held at the Lake Beauty Bible Camp
-Brian read the notes from 2013; Gail and Kevin Stocco voted to accept notes.
-Treasurer Report: $2,595.34 currently of which $1,026.41 is a CD in Swanville Bank – renewal in Sept.
-Election of Mary Stocco for Sec. Motion-Helen Olson/Kevin Stocco
Information regarding the feedlot on 315th is still up in the air. The county/township requires different standards regarding the permits/number of cattle etc.
This cannot go on the ballot for 2014.
Lake Beauty Rod (315th Avenue)
The tar roads have been brought up; Mr. Kraft repaired the big pothole on 315th as nothing was being done about it. At this time, the tar roads will probably continue to be maintained.
Township Officers: Brian Alnes is running for supervisor on Bruce Township; please vote for Brian!
1st Responders: Long Prairie has 1st response for fire and other emergencies which covers the lake. Currently this takes about 26 minutes for arrival. There are two 1st responders at the Bible Camp. Todd County went from four people on GIS dept. to one. At this time, Swanville has fourteen 1st responders – there is the possibility of moving from LP to Swanville.
The fireworks were awesome once again! Thanks to Brian and his team for providing such entertainment. Fireworks will be on Saturday, July 4th in 2015 with invitations to the picnic at the Bible Camp. One downside is that the boat landing is filthy after the fireworks. Open to ideas to keep this cleaner; more garbage cans; signs etc. Dave and Jan made motion for $200 donation to the fireworks. The Poiriers seconded the motion.
Pontoon Parade on July 4th:
Pete and Cheryl Thieschafer manage the Pontoon Parade on the 4th of July.
Lake Beauty Website Update (http://lakebeauty.org):
Rick is trying to get all of the MN Waters back on the website. The website is currently working. Open to ideas to improving the website.
COLA Updates: LBA did not pay the dues this year. COLA hasn’t had a meeting in over a year. COLA of Sauk Lake may be anew option. DNR talk about invasive species/Zebra Mussels within 30 miles of Lake
Beauty. Option to monitor lake on weekends – “Think about it”.
Conversation Minnesota / MN Waters:
The annual dues increased from $150 to $220. Motion by Jim and seconded by Helen. Jim mentioned possibly of obtaining information for less money.
Pontoon Party on Labor Day Weekend:
At 5:00pm in the middle of the lake. Refreshments and Food provided by the residents of Lake Beauty.
CenturyLink would not commit to coming to the meeting.
Rick Jones – President
Brian Alnes – Vice President/Treasurer
Mary Stocco – Secretary
Current Board Members:
Added: Bob Fossum and Kathy Beckman – motioned and approved.
Annual Meeting at LBBC on August 15th, 2015
Motion to adjourn at 10:30am. Approved.
Respectfully Submitted, Mary Stocco, Secretary
2013 Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the LBA was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Lake Beauty Bible Camp, 25766 Hummingbird Trail, Long Prairie, MN
26 people were in attendance. Cinnamon rolls and coffee were served.
1. President Rick Jones called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.
2. Officers and Board Members were introduced.
3. Minutes of the LBA annual meeting from August 18, 2012, were read and a motion was made and seconded to approve them.
4. Treasurer Report: Checking account balance is $2,747.45.
LBA annual Membership Dues are $20 per household.
5. Crystal Payment, Area Hydrologist for the DNR provided a presentation on the urbanization of lakes. Many issues were addressed including the following:
· Lake lots are allowed 25% of impervious surface. Impervious surfaces include roofs, sidewalks, flagstone paths, gravel, or anything that causes water runoff. Rain gardens would help alleviate the 25% impervious surface limit on property.
· The DNR currently regulates the use of riprap on lakeshores. Regulations regarding riprap are available on the DNR website.
· Removing vegetation from the lake removes valuable habitat including fish breeding grounds.
· Any dock larger than 8 feet requires a permit.
· Use of lawn fertilizers and weed killers eventually end up in the lake.
Various informational flyers were available relative to shoreline alterations and docks. Helpful links on this subject: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakescaping/index.html and http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/waters/shoreline_alteration.html.
The DNR has a hotline people can call with questions at 1-888-646-6367. Crystal can be reached at the Little Falls DNR office at 320-616-2450, Extension 234.
6. The Century Link/Direct TV representative did not show up, so this item was not discussed.
7. 4th of July 2013
Thanks were given to Brian Alnes of the Bible Camp for the spectacular fireworks display this past July 4th. A motion was made and seconded to contribute $200 to the Lake Beauty Bible Camp for fireworks display in 2013.
Brian Alnes reminded everyone that the Bible Camp is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so there will be another fireworks display on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 31, 2013.
8. Boat Parade 2013
The 2013 Annual Boat Parade Winners were announced. There were 13 boats total that participated. The winners are listed on the website www.lakebeauty.org.
Pete Thieschafer suggested that the Lake Association buy the materials to make their own signs for advertising the Fourth of July celebration. A motion was made and seconded to allow Pete to buy the materials to make the signs.
9. President Rick Jones asked for volunteers to compile the Lake Beauty newsletter. There were no volunteers.
10. Conservation Minnesota currently hosts Lake Beauty’s website www.lakebeauty.org at a cost of $100 per year. A motion was made and seconded to continue this.
11. Lake Beauty now has a facebook page: http://facebook.com/LakeBeauty.
12. People were asked to contact Carol Jones to provide their updates to the Lake Beauty resident emergency contact list.
13. Todd County held their 2nd Annual River and Lake Day on August 31, 2012.
14. Todd County held their 3rd Annual River and Lake Day on June 7, 2013, at Thunder Lodge. Rick Jones plans to attend this meeting next year.
15. Coalition of Lakes Associations (COLA) Update
The Association currently pays $50 for an annual COLA membership; however, the COLA group has not been meeting. A motion was Approved to continue the membership only on the condition that COLA is still a viable entity.
16. Fall Floatilla 2013
The fall Floatilla will be held on Saturday, August 31st, at 6:00 p.m. Participants should meet at the Boat Landing.
17. The 2014 LBA Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
18. The 2014 LBA Annual meeting will be held the third weekend of August, on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
19. Election of Officers
President Rick Jones thanked the current officers for their past appointment. Kim Lynch, who served as the Lake Beauty Association’s Secretary/Treasurer since 2009, announced that although this has been a wonderful experience for the past four years, she did not plan on running for another term at this time. The following people were nominated and subsequently elected by majority rule:
President – Rick Jones Vice President – Brian Alnes
Secretary/Treasurer – Arlene Sullivan
NOTE: Effective September 23, 2013, Arlene resigned her position. President Rick Jones will assume the duties for one year. He will accept new nominations for a one year appointment at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
20. Other Business:
· Dick Sullivan has flyers for Andy’s Tree Trimming Service if anyone is interested. Andrew Weinand, 320-774-8980.
· There is a nationwide contest for drive-in theaters, where the theater with the most votes will win a $70,000 Sony projector. People were asked to vote for Long Prairie’s drive in. Go to http://projectdrivein.com/ to find out how to participate.
· It was suggested that a sign be put at the boat landing that would provide pertinent information on Lake Beauty, including the website address and facebook location. A motion was made and seconded to have Jim Mehle check into getting a sign for this purpose and spend up to $100 on the sign materials, with flexibility for the Lake Beauty Association Board to allocate more money if needed.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:21 a.m.
LBA Board Members
President – Rick Jones (2011)
Vice President – Brian Alnes (2011)
Secretary/Treasurer – Rick Jones (2013)
Minutes – Meeting dated August 18, 2012
The annual meeting of the LBA was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Lake Beauty
Bible Camp, 25766 Hummingbird Trail, Long Prairie, MN
27 people were in attendance. Cinnamon rolls and coffee were served.
President Rick Jones called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
1. Minutes of the LBA annual meeting from August 20, 2011, were read and Approved.
2. Checking account balance is $2,260.90.
3. LBA annual Membership Dues are $20 per household.
1. Eric Altena, Area Fisheries Manager for the Minnesota DNR, gave a presentation on
Fisheries and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Lake Beauty.
Population samples were given for each species of fish in the lake. Due to the large
Northern Pike population, anglers were encouraged to harvest the small pike under 24”,
but release any pike larger than 24” back into the lake.
The invasive species Zebra Mussels were discussed. Zebra Mussels filter out the
zooplankton that small fish eat. They take out the “good” algae. This makes the lake
become very clear which in turn allows the growth of weeds or non-native invasive
weeds. They can hide inside the hollow piping of boat lifts, so please make sure that
boat lifts are thoroughly cleaned, spray-washed and dried before moving them into a
lake. In order to remove zebra mussels from a boat lift, you need to scrape off the
ones you can see, then use hot water (~120°) and bleach and let it dry for a minimum
of 5 days, but up to three weeks was recommended. A winter freeze should kill them
as well. Do not put the lift in the lake until you know the Zebra Mussels are dead.
A question was asked regarding fishing league regulations on area lakes for leagues
that go from lake to lake in the same day. Apparently there are no regulations
currently for fishing leagues, which are more popular in this area, but this is being
To transport minnows safely to avoid the transfer of AIS, anglers should use water from
home and if switching lakes, dump the water out and put fresh water in the bucket
before moving. As far as transporting fish to another lake, put the fish on ice and drain
your livewell before moving to another lake.
Weed control was discussed. Some areas in the lake are protected, so residents were
encouraged to check with the DNR to make sure there are no special requirements
before clearing out weeds. Typically, a 15-ft channel is allowed to provide boat access,
but clearing anything more than that may require a permit. Use of a weed roller
requires a permit. Chemicals need to be applied by someone with a certificate or
license. Not following these regulations may result in penalties and/or fines. People
are encouraged to check with Audrey Kuchinski at the DNR office for more information
relating to this (phone: 320-616-2450 ext. 235).
2. Social Events
Boat Parade 2012
The 2012 Annual Boat Parade Winners were announced. The 1st Place Best in Show
Trophy went to the Thieschafer’s with the boat themed “USS Starship Enterprise”;
2nd Place went to the Kocon’s with “The Little Mermaids”; and 3rd Place went to the
Fossom’s with “The Flying Fossum”. All three winners received $20 gift certificates
to the 12-mile Tavern.
4th of July 2012
Thanks were given to Brian Alnes of the Bible Camp for the spectacular fireworks
display this past July 4th
Motion Approved to contribute $200 to the Lake Beauty Bible Camp for fireworks
display in 2013. Brian Alnes stated that since the 4th of July occurs on a Thursday in 2013, the Bible
Camp plans to celebrate the holiday the weekend after the 4th. Accordingly, the
fireworks will be held the evening of Saturday, July 6th around 10:00 p.m. This
information will be on the website www.lakebeauty.org. The Bible Camp is celebrating its 50
thanniversary in 2013, so a spectacular show is being planned.
Fall Floatilla 2012
The fall Floatilla will be held on Saturday, September 1st, at 5:00 p.m. Participants
should meet in front of Cheryl and Pete Thieschafer’s dock.
3. Minnesota Waters, the host of Lake Beauty’s website, became Conservation Minnesota
this past June. It costs $100 to host our website. Rick Jones asked those in attendance
if anyone had an issue with continuing this membership. There were no objections.
4. The Lake Beauty resident emergency contact list is being updated. People were asked
to contact Carol Jones to provide their updates or if they had any questions.
5. Todd County will be hosting their 2nd
Annual River and Lake Day on August 31, 2012,
from 10:30-3:30 p.m. at the Hub.
6. Coalition of Lakes Associations (COLA) Update
President Rick Jones went to a COLA meeting in May. Rick asked Dick Sullivan to
provide an update on the COLA meeting. Dick said that they talked about various lake
treatments including Zequinox or barley straw to get rid of blue-green algae. Eric
Altena said that barley straw works as an algae control, but only on a small area, so
you’d need to use lots of it. Dick also reported that Garry Johanssen, who spoke at a
previous Lake Beauty Association meeting, no longer works for Todd County. Nate
Burke is the temporary person in Garry’s place.
7. Upcoming Meetings
The 2013 LBA Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
The 2013 LBA Annual meeting will be held the third weekend of August, on Saturday, August 17, 2013.
8. Election of New Board Members
President Rick Jones thanked the current board members for their past appointment.
He asked for volunteers to serve as board members for the 2012-2014 term. The
following people volunteered:
The president asked for acceptance of these 4 people and only yeas were heard.
1. President Rick Jones plans to put more Lake Beauty historical information on the
website and encouraged people to visit the website at www.lakebeauty.org.
2. LBA Membership – It was suggested that Lake Beauty residents be given a newsletter
with a membership form on it to get more residents involved in the association.
3. Other issues discussed included internet service for lake residents and road issues
around Lake Beauty, especially grating and plowing services. People were encouraged
to attend the Todd County meetings throughout the year to voice their concerns.
Motion Approved to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 a.m.
LBA Officers Term LBA Board Members Term
President – Rick Jones (2011) 2011-2013 Marlene Clark 2012-2014
Vice President – Brian Alnes (2011) 2011-2013 Jim Mehle 2012-2014
Secretary/Treasurer – Kim Lynch (2009) 2011-2013 Dave Poirier 2012-2014
Dick Sullivan 2012-2014
Minutes – Meeting dated August 20, 2011
The annual meeting of the LBA was held on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Lake Beauty Bible Camp, 25766 Hummingbird Trail, Long Prairie, MN
22 people were in attendance. Cinnamon rolls and coffee were served.
President Cheryl Thieschafer called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.
- Minutes of the LBA annual meeting from August 21, 2010, were read and approved.
- Checking account balance is $2,098.53.
- LBA annual Membership Dues are $20 per household.
1. Election of Officers
Motion approved to elect Rick Jones as the Lake Beauty Association President for the term August 2011 – August 2013.
Motion approved to elect Brian Alnes as the Lake Beauty Association Vice President for the term August 2011 – August 2013.
Motion approved to re-elect Kim Lynch as the Lake Beauty Association Secretary/Treasurer for the term August 2011-August 2013.
2. Social Events
4th of July 2011
Thanks were given to Brian Alnes of the Bible Camp for the spectacular fireworks display this past July 4th.
Motion approved to contribute $200 to the Lake Beauty Bible Camp for fireworks display in 2012.
Brian Alnes stated that since the 4th of July occurs on a Wednesday in 2012, the Bible Camp plans to celebrate the holiday the weekend prior to the 4th. Accordingly, the fireworks will be held the evening of Saturday, June 30th around 10:00 p.m.
Cheryl Thieschafer awarded the traveling trophy to the 2011 winner of the “Best in Show” for the 4th of July boat parade. The winner was again the Kocon family for their boat decorated as “Shark Bait”. $20 gift certificates were given to the first, second, and third place winners. Refreshments were at the landing. For 2012, Cheryl suggested that boat parade participants return to the landing after the parade for distribution of awards.
Fall Floatilla 2011
The fall Floatilla will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. Participants should meet at the landing and bring a bottle of wine to share and their own wine glasses.
Spring Gathering 2012
Cheryl Thieschafer asked for interest in a spring event for 2012. She suggested it be held on the same weekend from year to year so people will be able to plan accordingly.
3. Death of two Lake Beauty residents
Dick Sullivan reported that two lake residents have passed away this past year, Art Frantz, who was a past LBA Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Bernie Solotski.
4. COLA Update
Dick Sullivan provided an update on Coalition of Lakes Associations (COLA) meeting he attended.
- Septic Systems
They are moving ahead with septic sewer systems inspections. All Lake Beauty residents are encouraged to contact Bev Eggert at Bruce Township with any questions.
- Invasive Aquatic Species
Dick reported that the DNR has large signs for stopping the spread of invasive aquatic species that are available for purchase. Zebra Mussels were discussed. Once introduced (via an infested boat, etc.), they will completely destroy a lake. There is a chemical product that is being tested on a couple lakes in Douglas and Wright County, but it needs more time before its effectiveness can be measured. So far, zebra mussels have not been found in Lake Beauty. Preventive measures were discussed such as checking boats at the landing. The LBA could ask the DNR if someone from their office could provide an educational presentation on this.
- Area Lakes
Dick provided information related to other area lakes, such as Sauk Lake using a weed harvester for weed control and Big Birch experiencing problems with large 30-foot logs breaking away and floating onto resident’s property due to the high water level there.
5. Google Apps Update
Rick Jones provided information on using Google Apps as a way to communicate to lake residents by having e-mails and documents posted there. There are currently e-mails set up for the LBA Officers which are:
and groups such as:
as well as several others. This is a free service and no maintenance costs are involved. Rick plans to develop this site further.
Minutes – Meeting dated August 21, 2010
Meeting of the LBA was held on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at the Lake Beauty Bible Camp, 25766 Hummingbird Trail, Long Prairie, MN
24 people were in attendance
Co-Presidents Pete and Cheryl Thieschafer called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
1. Minutes of the LBA annual meeting from August 15, 2009, were read and approved.
1. Treasurer Report was read and approved.
Checking account – $1,837.72
Certificate of Deposit – $1,026.00
2. Social Calendar
Spring – A spring gathering will be held the weekend of June 11, 2011 (two weekends after Memorial Day weekend). There will be a progressive dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Thieschafer’s:
1. Hors d’ oeuvres – Pete & Cheryl Theischafer
2. Main meal – Ken & Kathy Boeckman
3. Dessert – Bruce & Gail Geyer
The Lake Beauty annual garage sale will again be the Saturday of Memorial weekend.
Summer – 4th of July Activities
Thanks were given to everyone who participated in the boat parade this year. Congratulations to the Kocon’s who won the “Best in Show” trophy. There was a good turnout in 2010, but hopefully there will be even more boats next year. It was suggested that in 2011, the boats start on the west side of the lake. Boat parade participants were reminded to be aware of swimmers in the lake. Participants were thanked for not using water balloons, which can pose a hazard to fish, wildlife and the environment.
Thanks were given to Brian Alnes of the Bible Camp for holding the 4th of July picnic at the Bible Camp this year. It was suggested that next year a banner be displayed somewhere in the camp for Lake Association members to gather prior to the picnic in order to hand out the trophy and/or prizes.
Motion approved to pay $200 to the Lake Beauty Bible Camp for fireworks display in 2011.
Fall – A fall Floatilla will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Participants should bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. Pontoons will be tied together in the lake. Pete Thieschafer offered to pick up anyone who needs a ride. Dick has room on his pontoon as well.
It was decided that 2011’s floatilla will be held the Saturday night of the annual meeting around 7:00 p.m.
3. Status of Lake Beauty Association Grant
Cheryl reported that the requirements have been met for the grant from the Initiative Foundation so the remaining money can be used as the Lake Beauty Association sees fit. The original amount of the grant was $2,500 and $1,026 remains in a CD in Swanville.
Motion approved to move the money from the CD in Swanville to a CD in the Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Long Prairie when the CD matures.
4. IRS filing for Non-Profit Status
It was reported that Pete and Cheryl have filed for the LBA to become a non-profit organization and will be submitting the appropriate paperwork before the end of 2010.
5. LBA Website
Jim Mehle was thanked for taking the time to get the website up to speed.
The LBA currently pays Minnesota Waters a $100 membership fee and a $100 website hosting fee.
Advertising fees are $25 and would more than cover the costs of having the website. All LBA members were asked to get at least one advertiser on the website.
It was suggested that the website be used as a communication tool, including a calendar of events, etc. Members who want to post something on the website (i.e. pictures, etc.) should contact Pete or Cheryl Thieschafer.
It was suggested that LBA members should be able to list items for sale in the classified section of the website for free, but non-members should be required to pay a nominal fee.
Motion approved to allow current LBA members to list items for sale in the classified section of the website free of charge and to charge non-members $5 to advertise items for sale in the classified section of the website for 90 days
6. Fee Increase in DNR Weed Control Permit in 2011
It was reported that the weed control permit will increase from $35 in 2010 to $90 in 2011.
7. Applications for Annual Membership
The current fee for LBA membership is $20 per unit.
LBA members were asked to fill out the membership application when paying their dues. This information will be used to develop an electronic database/membership directory. There was discussion about putting the directory info into a Google Accounts site for members to access. This will be further investigated and followed-up at a future meeting.
8. Election of Board of Directors
Motion approved to elect Board of Directors for two year term from August 2010 – August 2012 as follows:
Thanks were given again to Dick Sullivan for all his hard work during the time he served as the Lake Association president.
- Rocks near public landingTim Crawford at the DNR will be contacted to request removal of large rocks near the public landing which present a potential boating hazard.
- COLA UpdateDick Sullivan reported on a Coalition of Lakes Associations (COLA) meeting he attended. He summarized that Lake Beauty’s water level is down just slightly and the water clarity is at 6 feet, a decrease from 11.5 feet in April. The temperature has been approximately 80° which is similar to previous years. The State of Minnesota has all the lake’s records which can be found on the internet.
- Septic SystemsSeptic Sewer systems and compliance was discussed. All Lake Beauty residents are encouraged to contact Bev Eggert at Bruce Township to make sure your sewer inspection is up to date. Residents will need to fill out all the paperwork before the work can be done. There are maintenance inspectors who can help residents with this process.
- Miscellaneous IssuesOther miscellaneous issues were briefly discussed including Lake Beauty Road maintenance, tree marking and removal, complaint of roaming dogs, illegal use of fireworks and dumping of lake weeds in the lake. It was suggested that people should either bury the lake weeds in their yard (they make great fertilizer) or haul them to the composting place for free — just don’t dump them back in the lake. Residents concerned with unlawful activities occurring in and around the lake were encouraged to call the police.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
A lunch of sloppy joes, chips and bars was served.