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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pulling Your Dock this Labor Day Weekend?

Note: the following was submitted by Matt Werneke, a Realtor at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. It was submitted with the permission of the author, Jeff Forester, the Executive Director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers.org Jeff's contact information is at the end of this letter.

For many, Labor Day weekend is the time to close up the cabin. This fall, as lake shore owners pull docks and boat lifts, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging them to look for aquatic invasive species when removing their docks, lifts, and all types of watercraft.
When removing boats, docks, and lifts, lake owners should perform careful inspections to ensure that there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, or New Zealand mudsnails attached.  Individuals should visit the DNR website for help in identifying plants or animals that you suspect are aquatic invasive species.
Posts, wheels, and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any portions of watercraft that may have been submerged in water for an extended period need to be inspected.  Be careful during your inspections, since in newly infested waters, zebra mussels may not be abundant and you might notice only a few mussels on your equipment.  This early detection of zebra mussels and other AIS is crucial in protecting your property, as well as other Minnesota lakes.
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If you find something you suspect is a zebra mussel, faucet snail, or other aquatic invasive species, take a photo, note its exact location, leave the specimen in place, and contact a Minnesota DNR AIS Specialist. If you need to remove the specimen, it is important to place the item in a Ziploc bag with alcohol for preservation, which will enable it to be properly inspected by DNR.
It is legal to remove equipment from infested waters and place it on the adjacent shoreline property without a permit.  However, if you want to transport a dock or lift from infested waters to another location for storage or repair, you must complete an “Authorization form to transport equipment.”  The form is easy to complete and can be found on the DNR website (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-auth-form-lift.pdf).
It is illegal to transport any watercraft with an aquatic invasive species attached away from a water access or other shoreland property, even if you intend to put it in storage for the winter without first completing an “Authorization form to transport watercraft.”  The form is easy to complete and can be found on the DNR website
(http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-auth-form-boats.pdf).
If you hire a business to remove your boat, dock, or lift make sure they have completed AIS training and are on the DNR's “List of Permitted Lake Service Providers,” located on the DNR website (https://webapps8.dnr.state.mn.us/aquatic_invasive_species_training/lake_service_provider_permits/public_website_list).
By following these simple steps, you can help limit the spread of aquatic invasive species in Kandiyohi County. [Editors Note: this is good advice for all counties in Minnesota]


Jeff Forester
Executive Director MLR
952-854-1317
jeff@mnlakesandrivers.org

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How to Use Lead Core

What is lead core you ask? Lead core is a fishing line that's been around a long time, but is gaining more and more popularity recently. It's basically a long leaded sinker wrapped in a braid of some kind. I like using Suffix 832 Advanced Lead Core in 18 pound test. The lead core is wrapped in Dyneema and Gore fibers used in making the 832 Advanced Superline. This weave is a lot tighter resulting in a 70% increase in line strength, it dives 30% deeper and it has a lot more sensitivity. Since the weave is tighter, it sinks faster than regular lead core. So what does all of this mean? Lead core line is colored differently for every 30 feet (10 yards) of line. Traditional lead core sinks 5 feet for each color of line you have out. The Suffix 832 sinks 7 feet for each color of line. I have my line spooled onto high quality line counter reels, attached to 7 foot medium heavy trolling rods. I reset the line counter when the first color of line touches the water. (I attach a 10 foot fluorocarbon leader to the end of the lead core to lesson the shock when a fish hits and to make the line invisible in the water) After resetting the line counter, once you have the first color of line in the water, it should read 30 feet on your reel, and you will know you have dropped the bait on the end of your leader by 7 feet. (I like using a floating minnow type of crankbait that runs about 5 to 7 feet when being reeled in. I take that added depth into account when dropping my bait down to the fish.) If I have marked fish on my locator suspended at 30 feet in 75 feet of water, and I know for every 30 feet of line (or every color if you don't have a line counter reel) my bait is dropping 7 feet plus the 5 to 7 foot drop for the bait, so I will need to let out 90 feet (or 3 colors) of line to reach 26 to 28 feet deep trolling at 2 miles per hour. If the fish are at 30 feet, that means I am running my bait 2 to 4 feet above them. Since fish's eyes are on top of their heads, they feed looking up, so being 2 to 4 feet above them is a good place to start. If I'm not getting the fish to strike my lure at that depth, I will let out another 4 feet of line, which should drop my bait by about another foot. I will keep repeating that until I hit the sweet spot by putting fish in the net. Fish are still suspended over deep water this time of year, and they're starting to get hungry, so if you want to put fish in the boat, using lead core is a great option right now.

Real Estate agents have many different interests and hobbies, just like their clients do. The agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty have a wide varied set of interests, and I'm sure you will have no problem finding one that you can relate to when it comes to the things you are interested in. So give us a call at 218-963-9554, and we'll hook you up (pun intended) with your agent for life today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

End of Summer?

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. End of Summer? NO WAY! Even though the calendar says summer isn’t over until September 22nd, those of us that live and work in RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty country, do see a big change after Labor Day weekend. The kids have gone back to school, and football is back at every level.
Side Note: I bleed purple, so the Vikings
better win the Super Bowl real quick because
I don’t have much blood left to give.
That doesn’t mean we roll up the streets and board up the windows in RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty country after Labor Day…well, OK, some shops do…but we don’t, and the welcome mat will be rolled out all winter long in all four of our offices located in Nisswa, Crosslake, Alexandria, and Longville. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things happening in our home towns this weekend. Below is a list of great things you can take part in. Have a great time everyone, and thank you for spending time in RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty country!

Alexandria: The Alexandria Lakes Area will be busy this Labor Day Weekend beginning Thursday with a free Concert on the Court House lawn; put on by the Red Willow Arts Coalition as part of their Summer Concert Series.  Activities continue Friday with the beginning of “Explosion- an Outdoor Event” put together by Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill.  Live music every day provided by five different bands, a 32 team volleyball tournament and a 64 team Bean Bag Tournament  Saturday, a Vintage Car Show Sunday from 11-3, and Alexandria’s Got talent Show Sunday afternoon from 3-6.  Get out  and enjoy what our beautiful area has to offer this weekend whether you’re boating, biking on the trails, golfing, back to school shopping, touring either of our two museums, or join in the fun at “Explosion” make your weekend memorable.

Longville: 
Saturday, Aug 30th, 9 AM to 5 PM, next to Longville Bait
Hwy 84 Art Crawl” Sponsored by the Longville Arts Alliance

Crosslake: 
Saturday, Aug 30th, 9 AM to 4 PM, CR 103
Crosslake Craft and Flea Market
Saturday, Aug 30th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Crosslake Town Square
Decade 7 returns to close out the 2014 Concert Series

Nisswa: 
Monday, September 1st, 12 PM to 4 PM
"Paddle Palooza" Paddle from Nisswa Lake to Zorbaz on Gull Lake.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Lake Le Homme Dieu

LakeLe Homme Dieu is a 1,800-acre basin located on the northeast city limit of Alexandria. It is part of the Alexandria Chain of Lakes with navigable connections existing to Lake Carlos and Lake Geneva. Water quality is very good, and water transparency measurements average 10 feet during summer months. Because of its clear water and close proximity to Alexandria, the lake is popular with anglers and recreational boaters. Two well-maintained accesses are available to the public. Rotary Beach Access is located on the northwest shoreline off County Road 42. Krueger's Creek Access is located along the northeast shoreline. The City of Alexandria maintains a public swimming beach on the southeast shoreline.

Lake Le Homme Dieu offers diverse and quality fishing experiences. Largemouth bass continue to be abundant. Bass captured during the 2012 electrofishing survey averaged 11.3 inches in length. The largest caught during the survey measured 16.8 inches. Larger bass are commonly caught by tournament anglers. Northern pike gillnet catches averaged approximately 6.0 fish/net. Lower abundance is desirable to improve predator/prey balance and productivity. It is probable that the population sample under-represented numbers of larger pike. Walleye are stocked every year to supplement natural reproduction and increase abundance and fishing success. DNR stockings have been augmented with walleye fingerlings since 2007. These additional walleye were purchased and stocked by the Lake Le Homme Dieu Association and Viking Sportsmen, Inc. Gillnet catches during the 2012 survey averaged 8.6 walleyes/net. This catch rate was greater than that of the preceding survey.

Whatever your particular real estate need, our associates work hard to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Associates from the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty Office in Alexandria are your local experts for homes and cabins in the Alex Lakes, and surrounding areas - we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to cover all your real estate needs. Our agents know the area and specialize in lake and non-lake homes, so whether you are looking for a second vacation property, or your primary residence, we want to help you navigate the housing waters!

Stop by or give us a call when you’re in town. You can find us at our new office location at:
217 North Nokomis, Alexandria, MN 56308

Office Phone: 320-762-5544

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Whitefish Chain

The Whitefish Chain of Lakes is a set of 14 interconnected lakes situated between the communities of Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Pine River.  The Whitefish Chain offers not only spectacular boating and fishing with more than 14,000 acres of water to explore, but also a great opportunity for you to enjoy your own sugar sand beach and relax afloat the sky blue waters in front of your beautiful lake home.

Whitefish serves as one of the DNR's primary walleye egg take sites at the mouth of the Pine River. Because of this, the lake is stocked annually, with at least 5,000,000 walleye fry being put back into the lake from the eggs collected at the walleye trap. Whitefish is also stocked in even numbered years with fingerlings. The beautiful, natural scenery of the Whitefish Chain extends beyond the shore's edge, with trails for hiking and biking, as well as snowmobiling and cross country skiing

The Whitefish Chain Region is home to the Paul Bunyan Trail, a 100+ mile rails to trails project offering a flat, paved surface ideal for biking, rollerblading or walking. The National Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway driving route also winds its way completely around the Whitefish Chain, offering information and entertaining kiosks on the historical, archaeological, cultural, recreational and scenic qualities of the region.

There are 20 golf courses within a 30 mile radius of the Whitefish Chain, and a great variety of restaurants from fine dining to lakeside dining and everything in between. Family-friendly attractions (which include horseback riding, mini-golf and museums) are ideal for kids of all ages, and the shopping is almost as good as the fishing.
Plan a getaway during one of the fun local festivals in the region, and you'll never forgot your trip. Try Winterfest in Crosslake, the Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous in Pequot Lakes, Crosslake's St. Patrick's Day Parade or Classic Wooden Boat Show, Summerfest in Pine River, Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes, and many more throughout the year.
To explore your opportunity to become a property owner in the beautiful Whitefish Chain area, be sure to contact one of our agents by visiting our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty website at www.lakesrealty.com today!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Woman Lake Chain

The Woman Lake Chain is located between Longville and Hackensack and encompasses 5496 acres of some of the best water in northern Minnesota. The chain is comprised of 4 different lakes, including Child, Girl, Little Woman, and Woman, and they are all connected by the Boy River. There is also a large bay called Broadwater Bay, which some people consider a lake within itself. Each Lake offers something different, and all lakes are accessible by boat. The Woman Lake Chain is a world class fishery for those looking to pursue a variety of fish. Fishing is good all year long with a wide variety of species available. Walleye is the most popular fish caught on the chain, but Muskie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Crappie and Perch are also abundant. Between 2004 and 2013, the Minnesota DNR stocked the Woman Lake Chain with 49,653,453 Walleye Fry (Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch long.) If you’re wondering how much 49,653,453 Walleye fry weigh, that answer would be…well, you can either figure it out yourself, or check back here on Monday to find the answer. If you want to take a guess in the comments, feel free to do so…just be prepared to show your work!

The surrounding area around the chain offers a lot of vast wilderness including the Chippewa National Forest. Those looking for hunting land, hunting acreage or recreational acreage near the Woman Lake Chain will find lots of opportunities.  The lakes on the Woman Lake Chain have several bays and points making this chain of lakes a popular lake for those who navigate her waters. And if that wasn't  enough, the city of Longville awaits you with its shopping, restaurants, and World Famous Turtle RacesIf you would like to discuss your Real Estate options in and around the Longville area, please visit our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty website: www.lakesrealty.com and contact one of our agents today!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gull Lake Chain

We at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty consider ourselves experts when it comes to Real Estate in our home towns. Especially when it comes to lakeshore. Today, we're going to begin a series of posts about some of the most popular lakes in our area. Since our home office is located in Nisswa, we're going to start with Gull Lake...enjoy!

Gull Lake is a lake located in Cass and Crow Wing County. It is one of the largest lakes in the Brainerd-Baxter, Minnesota area and also one of the most popular. Of the seven Gull Lakes in Minnesota, this Gull Lake is the largest in area and shoreline. For each shoreline mile there are 27.8 homes or cabins and there are 19 resorts on Gull Lake, including some of the largest lakeside resorts found in Minnesota. Gull Lake was raised approximately five feet by the construction of Gull Lake Dam about a half mile down Gull River from the lake's outlet. The dam began service in 1912. Prior to this, logging interests would build temporary dams at the site. The dam was the final Mississippi Headwaters reservoir dam. The site of the Gull Lake Dam has particular prehistoric archaeological significance. Under the site there have been found at least 12 burial mounds as well as several partial mounds. All are thought to originate from the Woodland American Indian tribes, which resided in the area from 800 B.C. to 200 A.D., returning later to inhabit the area from 600 A.D. to 900 A.D. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes these burial mounds.
There are over 35 species of aquatic life in the waters of Gull Lake, which help to maintain a large fish population. The emergent bulrush plant is especially important for providing a habitat for bass and panfish species. Anglers are attracted to the stocked walleye population in Gull Lake. Since 2003, at least 2,825,000 fry Walleye have been stocked into Gull Lake by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Another popular catch is Northern Pike, whose length and weight are, on average, 25.8 inches and 4.0 pounds respectively.
The Gull Chain of Lakes, for which Gull Lake is the namesake and largest member, is a collection of eight connected lakes and two bays:
·         Gull Lake
·         Upper Gull Lake
·         Nisswa Lake
·         Roy Lake
·         Margaret Lake
·         Spider Lake
·         Spring Lake
·         Love Lake
·         Round Lake
·         Bass Lake
·         Steamboat Bay
·         Wilson's Bay

The chain collectively covers 13,000 acres and its shores host over 2,500 homes. The chain spans across Crow Wing and Cass Counties. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Favorite Things to Do

Every year on the Saturday closest to July 4th, the city of Crosslake shoots off spectacular fireworks from Sand Island. This year, Brandon Pederson, a Real Estate Agent at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, videoed the finale. He also got some footage of his son teeing off at one of the many great golf courses in the area. Minnesota is fast becoming known for it's great golf, and the cities of Crosslake, Nisswa, Alexandria and Longville, are smack dab in the middle of some of the most picturesque golf holes you will ever have the privilege of playing. Take a look at this video, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More Favorite Things to Do

Ok, Colleen Murray isn't the greatest countdown-er out there, but she did catch a beautiful sunset on video over the Whitefish Chain in Crosslake. Colleen is also a great Realtor at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Crosslake. A sunset like this is just waiting for you to enjoy on one of our many, many lakes, so give us a call today at 218-963-9554 to find your perfect sunset in Crosslake, Nisswa, Longville, or Alexandria!

Monday, August 18, 2014

RE/MAX and the Minnesota Twins

This was originally posted in April, but it's worth repeating. At the time this update is being written, the Minnesota Twins have hit 96 home runs, which means the "RE/MAX Home Run for Kids" campaign, has generated $9,600 for the Children's Miracle Network! Read all about it below.

RE/MAX North Central, which is the region RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is in, is proud to announce our partnership with the Minnesota Twins for the 2014 major league baseball season! As the exclusive sponsor of “RE/MAX Home Run for Kids” we will make a $100 donation to Children’s Miracle Network with every Twins home run at Target field this season.

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Right now there’s a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in or near your community. In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that's one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open.

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty is proud to help in any way we can by taking part in the "RE/MAX Home Run for Kids" campaign. Together we can help these kids grow up and help you "dream with your eyes open".

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty agents are your home town experts for Real Estate in Nisswa MinnesotaCrosslake MinnesotaLongville Minnesota, and Alexandria Minnesota.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lakes Area News Now Delivers Local TV Weather

Lakes Area News now delivers local televised weather for Alexandria and Central Minnesota. New Lakes Area News team member, Mark Anthony, will deliver daily weather updates on weekdays and a weekend forecast every Friday.
Anthony was the chief meteorologist at KSAX-TV, and has filled in on a regular basis in the weather department at KSTP-TV. He was also an on-air personality at KS95 in the Twin Cities.
Anthony received a Bachelor of Science in meteorology/geosciences from Mississippi State University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in print journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a Bachelor of Science from Charter Oak State College in Broadcast Communications.
He also holds a master’s degree in history, a master’s degree in public administration and a Master of Business Administration.
Local news is on the air every night at 6:30 and 10 p.m. on Lakes Area Local Access Television (LALA). It is also on Channel 4 for Gardonville TV subscribers and on Selective TV channel 21.4. Streamed broadcasts are available at www.lakesareanews.tv. 
Watch Online Now! Watch the latest broadcast of Lakes Area News right on their website 24 hours a day...7 days a week. With a new broadcast each week Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Click Read More to watch. Read More

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pequot Lakes Bands in the Park

This Saturday, the 16th of August, Decade 7 returns to the Pequot Lakes bandshell for their second performance of the season. This popular local band plays music from a period after Woodstock, and before MTV killed the radio star. The show starts at 7:00, and is scheduled to conclude at 9:00.

Crosslake Music Series 2014

The Crosslake Town Square merchants welcome the Kurt Jorgensen Band to the Gazebo on Saturday, August 16th from 7:00 to 9:00. If you have a poster of the music series, you will notice this is a change in bands due to a scheduling conflict with Jacob Martin. The Kurt Jorgensen Band's influences include Eric Clapton and Steely Dan. The band was formed in 1999, and they have released eight albums, which they will have available the night of the show. There are only two more scheduled shows in Crosslake after this weekend, with Daybreak on August 23rd, and Decade 7 returns to close out the season on August 30th. The August 30th show will start at 6:30 PM.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Children's Miracle Network/DQ Miracle Treat Day is TODAY!

Children’s Miracle Network and Dairy Queen are at it again….tempting our taste buds for a good cause!  Miracle Treat Day is today! On Thursday August 14th, 2014, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating DQ® stores will be donated to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®to help children in need. If you ask us here at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, that’s a very good reason to treat yourself to some ice cream!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RE/MAX Home Run for Kids

RE/MAX North Central is proud of our partnership with the Minnesota Twins for the 2014 major league baseball season. As the exclusive sponsor of "RE/MAX Home Run for Kids" we are making a $100 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network with every Twins home run at Target field this season. RE/MAX agents and offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin are truly some of the most generous people out there. In 2013 they contributed an astounding $334,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The majority of those funds came directly from agent contributions as part of the Miracle Home Program in which RE/MAX agents make a donation with every closed transaction. The agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty are very proud to be a part of this important program...we just wish the Minnesota Twins would hit more home runs!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ideal Fire Department Beef Feed ~ Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IDEAL FIRE DEPARTMENT BEEF FEED
Since 1978 the department has sponsored a fundraiser known as the Ideal Fire Department Beef Feed. It is always held the second Wednesday in August. The feed consists of boneless baron of beef, all the fresh corn on the cob you can eat, buns, coleslaw and watermelon. The beef and corn are cooked the day of the feed by the firefighters. From its modest beginning the feed has grown to the point that now over 2,000 dinners are served between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 P.M. In 35 years, over 28,000 pounds of beef, 175,000 ears of corn, 1,200 watermelons and 5 tons of coleslaw have been served. Rain or shine, the feed takes place at the Ideal Township Hall.

Click HERE for a Lakeland News report about the beef feed from 2011.
Ideal Beef Feed is on Wednesday, August 13th

Support the Ideal Fire Department and ALL of our local volunteer fire departments!

Monday, August 11, 2014

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty ~ A Great Website

If you haven't visited our RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty website for the Nisswa, Crosslake, Longville or Alexandria offices lately [ www.lakesrealty.com ] you really should. There are numerous ways you can find a lake home, lake lot, off lake home or hunting land, etc, etc, etc. All you have to do is commence clicking, or if you want, just type in the lake name and your work is done. Your favorite agent is on there as well. You can even sign up for a daily hotlist and be notified when your dream property comes on the market for no charge! Really...it doesn't cost you a thing for that valuable service, and it's painless as well. (unless your clicky finger is sprained) So visit the RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty website at www.lakesrealty.com and find your perfect, paradisiacal, peaceful, placid, pleasent, property today!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

50 Pound Muskie Found on Mille Lacs


The measurements of the muskie found floating on Mille Lacs Lake would make any angler drool. Dan Perron, a former conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources office in Onamia (2004-2011), spotted a 58 1/2-inch muskie, with a girth of over 25 inches, dead on July 20. It still weighed over 50 pounds when Perron brought it ashore.

Out walleye fishing with his wife, Paula, Perron spotted the fish while cruising from one fishing spot to another. Fifty yards one way or another, Perron said, and he would have missed it. “We were just past 4-mile,” said Perron. “The wind was out of the south, blowing the fish out into the lake.” The eyes and gills were still intact, leading Perron to believe the fish hadn’t been dead long. “The teeth were ground all the way down,” said Perron. “And some of the skin was a bit flabby. It likely died of old age.”
The former conservation officer and Navy man had to make a decision as to what to do with the muskie. “For being in that lake that long, not being caught, it deserved to be back out there,” said Perron, who said he blew his boat’s horn and saluted the fish as it floated away from his boat. A proper burial. The fish of a lifetime – Perron said at one time it was no doubt a state record – had a head on it nine inches across. “It was humongous,” stated Perron. After seeing the monster, Perron believes there’s likely another one just like it – alive and swimming in Mille Lacs – because of the amount of forage and the sheer size of the lake and areas which aren’t fished.
So, for now, the state record muskie still stands at 54 pounds. That fish was 56 inches in length and had a 27.25-inch girth. It was caught on Lake Winnibigoshish in 1957.

Dan Perron/muskie

Dead on arrival
This 58.5 inch muskie was found floating on Mille Lacs Lake by Dan Perron, a former conservation officer for Mille Lacs Lake.
Submitted photo.
Article courtesy of Mille Lacs Messenger.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vikings vs Oakland Raiders on KARE 11

Are you ready for some football?!?!? Even though its just a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, its a new start for our Minnesota Vikings. We have a new coaching staff, a new starting QB, and we're playing outside! (notice how I'm saying "we're" or "we" like I'm part of the team) The thing is, for those of us that bleed purple, that is just enough to get our hopes up again this year. The Vikings are going to the Super Bowl baby! Are they? Probably not, but they COULD and that's why we'll watch the game tonight to see if the improbable could become possible. Even if the Vikings lose, our hopes won't be dashed, because our best player, the mighty, all day, all universe, future record  holder for most yards by a running back...AP...Adrian Peterson won't be playing during the preseason. Good thing for Oakland, but even without AP, the Vikes will win...heck, we may even go undefeated on our march to Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 in Phoenix! 

     Skol Vikings, let's win this game,
     Skol Vikings, honor your name,
     Go get that first down,
     Then get a touchdown.
     Rock 'em . . . Sock 'em
     Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
     Go Vikings, run up the score,
     You'll hear us yell for more. . .
     V-I-K-I-N-G-S
     Skol, Vikings, let's go!


For a preview of the game on KARE 11 tonight at 7:00, click HERE.


Pequot Lakes Bands in the Park

Playing at in the Trailside Park bandshell on Saturday is the oldies rock group "Live From the Attic". They play from 7:00 until 9:00 PM, so grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some old time rock and roll!

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2014 - Boss Grant Up Next!

Boss Grant and the Johnny Cash Revue are at the gazebo in the Crosslake Town Square this Saturday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for their second performance of the year. Check 'em out!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cardboard Boat Races at Moonlite Bay 2014

Date: August 9, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Description:
The 4nd Annual Cardboard Boat Races will be sponsored by Moonlite Bay and the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club. Prizes will be awarded.

The boats are constructed of nothing but cardboard and Elmer's glue. Come watch them attempt to float and compete in some heated racing action. For more information, visit the chamber website by clicking 
HERE.

Crosslake Firefighters Pig Roast & Classic and Custom Car Show

Date: August 9, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Event Description:
Crosslake Firefighters host their annual Pig Roast & Classic and Custom Car Show.  Come and see the Crosslake Fire Department and equipment, visit with local firefighters to learn more about the services provided.  Fun for the whole family with fire truck rides and "put out the fire house".  Roasted Pig served from 11 am till gone.  Classic and Custom Car show begins at 9 a.m. with awards at 2 p.m.  Motorcycles welcome!
Clubs can show as a group, call Jeff @ 218-330-5160 evenings.

For more information, visit the chamber website by clicking HERE.