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Information Bulletin #13

posted Mar 9, 2012, 4:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

The Annual Meeting of the Lake Johanna Improvement Society has been scheduled (please note the location change due to construction at Presbyterian Homes):

Tuesday, March 27
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Room G227
Billy Graham Community Life Commons Building

Northwestern College

In addition to the short business portion of the meeting, which will include Board member elections and a financial report, the Board has arranged for some outside guests to address items that we think will be of interest to our members.  Mike Norton, Lake Restoration, will cover the treatment plans for this summer, which may be affected by the low water level.  Brian Humphries, Head Groundskeeper at Northwestern College, will give us an overview of their stabilization project that is changing the College's shoreline.  Dave Sorenson, President of the Bald Eagle Lakeshore Association, will discuss his Association's efforts on Bald Eagle Lake to reduce weeds, including Eurasian milfoil, and improve water clarity with an Alum treatment.

We'll have refreshments.  Please plan on attending, and bring a neighbor.  You will have received your LJIS dues invoice by the time of the meeting, so you can also bring your check and save a stamp.


Lakeshore owners should receive their annual dues invoices shortly.  The good news this year is that we've contracted with Lake Restoration for treatment services for the same price as last year.  In addition, the US Environmental Protection Agency delayed imposition of last year's new $1,270 permit requirement until 2012.  Because last year's dues included the expected permit fee, this year's dues have been reduced by the same amount.

Your dues are based on the lakeshore footage that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has approved for treatment of your property.  The dues cover weed and algae treatments, Eurasian milfoil inspection, the DNR permit fee, goose removal, LJIS membership administration, and the annual picnic.  


Jennie Michels has agreed to manage the goose removal program again this year.  Canadian geese have always liked to graze the grassy areas at Tony Schmidt Park, Presbyterian Homes, and Northwestern College, and they return year after year.  Many residents can still remember the huge flotillas of geese and goslings that would appear on Lake Johanna in the Spring, and the mess they created throughout the summer on docks and lawns.  The Association's goose removal program has significantly reduced our resident population by removing as many geese as possible in early June when they are molting and unable to fly.    


There will be a 4th of July Boat Parade on Lake Johanna again this year.  We had a good turn-out on short notice last year, and want to make it a regular event each July 4th.  All it takes is some nice weather, a boat of any size, some decorating creativity, and kids and dogs.  Details will follow in a subsequent bulletin.

The Board has also scheduled the LJIS annual picnic.  It's planned for Thursday evening, August 9, in Tony Schmidt Park.  Mari Salveson and Diane Bronson will make the arrangements.  Mark your calendar - more information later this summer.