WBLLA Annual Meeting Minutes

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West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association

Monthly Updates from Lake Board President Jerry Horgen

Click HERE to View January 2019 Updates


WBLLA Executive Board Meetings (Spring & Fall)

Click HERE to View the Meeting Minutes from Spring WBLLA Executive Board Meeting held April 14, 2018 at Shoreline Restaurant in Battle Lake, MN

Click HERE to View Minutes from Labor Day (Fall) WBLLA Executive Board Meeting held Sept 1, 2018 in Battle Lake, MN


Awards Presented at Annual Meeting for Millie Pearson and Bob Perry

Millie Pearson Millie has been treasurer of the West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association for some 12 to 15 years.  She has served the following presidents of the association.  The late George Zender, Clair Prody, Mike Kotten, John Hofflander to name a few.  It goes back, as far as we know, to 2002/2003 when she turned over the duties to Steve Kirchner.  How did she get the job?  “She raised her hand!”  She thought she was simply going to volunteer to represent her end of the lake…thinking it would be a great way to meet people.  She remembers walking into the first board meeting and the late George Zender said, “Here comes the new Treasurer.” Millie says, “Let me get this straight, the duties of the treasurer are to collect the dues, right?” George said, “That’s all!”  Millie said, “After I collect the money, I go on a shopping spree.  That sounds like fun.”  George Said, “That’s right, you’ve got it.”  Millie never expected to be treasurer for some 15 years.  Actually she never did go on that shopping spree!  All she did was to “raise her hand” and that was it!

Steve Kirchner calls her “The Great Sales Woman.”  Steve says, “I arrived on the lane in 2003 and it was not long that she had me join her for the Lakeshore Association meetings, then about two years later she did the big question…  “Would you take over the Treasure position since you are officially retired from banking and you will understand it better than I (Millie)?”  What was a relative supposed to say to that question, but “Yes.”  She is and was a big promoter of the community, lake and area.  She spends countless hours volunteering to help many causes and I can’t think of any better person to earn this “Certificate of Appreciation” from the lake association.

Bob Perry The Water Sampling Achievement Award is recorded by RMB Labs in Detroit Lakes and run by Moriya Rufer.  COLA supports lake monitoring as an excellent strategy for understanding your lake and protecting it from decline.  It is also helpful for getting association members involved and caring about their lake.  Bob Perry is going on his eighth year of sampling on West Battle Lake.  This data is also used by MPCA and DNR in statewide reports.  Committing the time and money to yearly monitoring will mean that you can catch and document any water quality problems before they get too big and expensive to fix.  If abrupt changes in water quality occur, you’re able to investigate potential causes and respond accordingly.  Second, after 8-10 years of consecutive data, you can statistically determine through the use of trend analysis if the water quality is improving or declining.   Moriya Rufer keeps our association informed of any trend analysis issues.

2018 Annual Meeting Agenda:

West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association

June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM at LACC

Time:                Activity:

8:00 AM              Registration and dues paying

9:00 AM              Welcome:  Jerry Horgen, President

Executive Board:  Tracy Eldridge, Craig Haukebo, John Hofflander, Steve Kirchner, Mike Kloubec, Michael Smith, Terry & Mary Stroh, Michael and Bonnie Rye Werpy.   

9:10 AM        Steve Kirchner:  Treasurer’s Report

9:20 AM        Mike Kloubec, Fish Committee:  Mike will introduce Jim Wolters, FF DNR

10:30 AM      Website Discussion – (Jerry Horgen – Mike Smith unable to attend meeting)

Web Access Link: https://minnesotawaters.org/westbattlelake/ 

10:40 AM      President’s Update:

Certificates of Appreciation:

  • Bob Perry: Water Sampler
  • Millie Pearson: Past Treasurer


  • Buffer Strips: EOTSWCD
  • Fish House Clean Up
  • Update on Zebra Mussels on our Lake
  • Lake Picture

11:00 AM      Questions from the audience

11:30 AM       Drawings:  $25 Gift Certificates to restaurants: Terry & Mary Stroh

11:45 AM      Group picture outside of LACC/Executive Board


2017 -2018 WBLLA Board of Directors


WBLLA Board Members left to right are:  Jerry Horgen, Tracy Rendz Eldridge, Craig Haukebo, Mike Kloubec, Jay Anderson, Chuck Reeves, Steve Kirchner, Louise Reeves, Mary Stroh, Michael Rye Werpy and Terry Stroh.

Not Shown John Hofflander and Michael Smith

NOTE: Chuck and Louise Reeves, Wes Evavold and Chad Schaefer all retired off WBLLA Board as of June 2017 Annual Meeting – THANK YOU for your service! 

Michael Smith Face Shot

Michael Smith – Webpage Administrator

2017 Annual Meeting Agenda:

June 24, 2017 At the Lakes Area Community Center

  • 8:00 AM Free Pancake Breakfast to All Members: Battle Lake Lions: (Non-members-$5.00)
  • 9:00 AM Spencer McGrew:
    • Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator of Otter Tail County
  • Mike Kloubec:
    • Fish Committee
  • Jerry Horgen:
    • Aquatic Vegetation, Point-Intercept Survey
    • Beach Captains Concept
  • Questions from the audience
  • Free drawings for $25 gift certificates

Past Meetings

2016 Meeting Agenda

West Battle Lake Lakeshore Association:

Annual Meeting: June 25, 2016 at LACC

Click HERE for PDF File of Meeting Agenda

Photos from 2016 Annual Meeting

Smith Family Awards From WBLLA

Smith Family Awards From WBLLA

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Malstrom Family Awards From WBLLA


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Darren Newville, East Otter Tail County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Executive Director

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