2021 Standing Committees

(*) = chairperson

Aquatic Invasive Species - Cindy Gackle(*), Bob Krahn, Randy Noecker, Gayl Hohbein

Our focus is to prevent the transmission of AIS in to our lakes, and implement early detection strategies of AIS to minimize its potential spread and lessen the damage and associated expense should AIS ever spread to our lakes.

  • Provide current AIS education and prevention measures to lake association members and the public, encouraging all to be observant and report suspected species if noticed. Promote Clean – Drain – Dispose and Dry principles for AIS prevention.

  • Collaborate AIS prevention and management efforts with Cass County AIS Lake Technician and Minnesota DNR. Stay apprised of active research on AIS-related issues and implement prevention strategies. Support and promote the Minnesota AIS Research Center (MAISRC) trained AIS Detectors who perform frequent vegetation surveys at boat accesses and implement early detection strategies.

  • Utilize expert biologists to perform lake studies, including an aquatic plant inventory which can confirm the absence of AIS or identify if a new species is present so that appropriate measures can be taken to eradicate and/or manage and prevent potential spread.

Community Outreach – Gayl Hohbein(*), Bonnie Ewald, Karen Kaehler, Krista Thorburn

Responsible for planning for annual meeting and picnic. Solicit volunteers, coordinate food, prizes, speakers, etc.


  • Annual Meeting/Picnic - (Bonnie Ewald) - Solicit volunteers, coordinate food, prizes, speakers, etc.

  • Membership – (Gayl Hohbein) Responsible for recruiting new members and retaining existing members.

  • Newsletter – (Karen Kaehler) Responsible for preparing twice-yearly newsletter from information provided by the Board, committees, and other members.

  • Website/Facebook – (Gayl Hohbein/Krista Thorburn) Responsible for updating/maintaining the Association web site and Facebook page. Add/maintain data as needed, recommend updates, changes, etc.

  • Adopt-a-Road – (Bonnie Ewald/Krista Thoburn) Responsible for trash removal on 3.4 miles of County Hwy 54 ditches. Schedule clean up times, solicit/coordinate volunteers, ensure bags are available, etc.

  • Community Organization Interface - (OPEN) Interface to other related organizations or governmental organizations.

Fisheries – Bob Johnson(*), Mike Fresvik, Doug Williams, Rich Wozniak

Work with the DNR to maintain/improve our lakes fisheries. Work with other organizations (such as ACCL, Muskies Inc, etc.) to ensure healthy fisheries. Work with water quality committee on vegetation preservation and other water quality issues that impact fisheries. Educate our membership on fisheries issues.

Safety/Buoys - Ron Stokesbary

Responsible for installing, removing and storage of the association water marker buoys.

Sustainability – Ron Stokesbary(*), Kathy Wagner

Research parcels of land on association lakes that have development potential. Contact owners concerning options available to them for preservation, conservation, etc. Provide education and/or assistance on shoreline restoration, watershed viability, and aquatic vegetation restoration. Work with Northern Waters Land Trust and other organizations to ensure sustainability of our lakes.

Water Quality – Kathy Wagner(*), Bonnie Ewald, Bob Johnson, Ron Stokesbary, Doug Williams

Monitor water quality in association lakes. Responsible for Secchi disk readings, water testing, water levels recording, and reporting of collected data to responsible parties. Education of our membership on water quality data and issues that affect water quality.


  • Loons - (Ron Stokesbary, Mary Jane Black) Perform counts of loons on association lakes in accordance with DNR guidelines. Report data to the DNR and educate members on data and issues.

  • Secchi readings - (Randy Helland, Tom/Pam Field, Joe Bloch, Joe Maertens) - weekly readings.

  • Water levels, ice in/out - (Mary Jane Black) Record water levels and ice on and off dates.

  • Water sampling - (Tom/Pam Field, Russ Link, Randy Helland, Kathy Wagner, Joe Maertens) Monthly water samples of lakes and inlet streams.

  • Housing and Solid Waste – (OPEN) Responsible for programs that address waste issues such as septic inspections, etc. Work with DNR Lake Advocate program.