President’s Letter

President’s Message – May 2017

Hello Fellow Cross Lakers!

My name is Kurt Kastel, and I am the newly installed President of the Cross Lake Association. As you can see, there have been a lot of changes to the CLA in the last year. First, I would like to express my sincere admiration and thanks to Judy Yorston, the previous President, whose years of service and dedication has put our organization on sound footing for the future. Judy’s guidance has been invaluable to me personally as I take on this role, and we will continue to rely on her sound judgement and good advice going forward. Judy knows more about this organization than anyone, and her instutional memory and legacy is one of our strongest assets.

For those of you who don’t know me, my wife Gina and I have owned a cabin on Norway Point for the last 12 years. She is formerly Gina Bacigalupi, and grew up on Cross Lake with her parents Bach and Teena, who still live here as well. We have loved being part of this community, the heart of which is our beautiful lake (the sunsets over the bay never get old!). The board of the CLA is committed to the good stewardship of this amazing resource, and we know you all feel the same way. Water quality is always our highest priority.

This is not to say we do not have challenges. The phosphate loads, both new and extant, are a perennial problem, as are invasive plant species like Eurasian Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed. Vigilance against Zebra mussels is always necessary, as is protection of our vulnerable shoreline. We will begin treatment of expanded areas for invasive plants this spring in conjunction with Pine County and the DNR. We have engaged Lake Management, Inc. to be our primary AIS contractor. Pine County is also working with Wenck Associates, a consulting firm based in Golden Valley, to assist in crafting plans that incorporate the entire Snake River Watershed in its water quality efforts. We agree that this comprehensive approach is preferable to piecemeal efforts by individual lake associations, which may occasionally work at cross purposes, so we will be working closely with them in coordinating our efforts, and hopefully create economies of scale that we can leverage to maximize the effect of our grants and your generous contributions.

We are also collaborating with our friends on Pokegama to keep abreast of lake levels and flood stage warnings. Here I have to give a shout out to Al Johnson who was very helpful in keeping many of us informed when we were knee deep in water last summer (some of us a little more than knee deep!). After water quality, safety on and about the lake is our organization’s next highest priority.

We hope that you will join us at our spring membership meeting on Saturday May 20, 9am at the American Legion hall when we can discuss our plans with you in greater detail. But it’s not all sackcloth and ashes! We plan to have a lot of fun this year as well, and favorite activities such as the Boat Parade and the Fall Dinner Dance will be back in full swing. Please see the latest CLA CROSSINGS for dates, times and a comprehensive list of activities.

Finally, we hope you like the new Crossings format. We wanted it to be more concise and user friendly, including an electronic format for those who would like to have it available online. Many thanks to Jim Bartol and Bar Videen for toiling away many hours to make this new format a reality. We are also in the process of revamping our website, increasing its functionality and keeping it more up to date.

We are a work in progress, however, change is never easy and there has been a lot of turnover in the CLA this past year, and though we have great people dedicating their time and talents we can always use more! Please check out the many volunteer opportunities available with CLA, and help make your Cross Lake community even better.

Best Regards,


(612-308-5297) cell

The Cross Lake Association of Pine County