Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association

Fall Meeting: August 31, 2013

President Steve Eichman called the meeting to order at 11:15 AM.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as written.

Joe Waldo's Treasurer's report was approved as presented:
  Main checking- $636.00
  Milfoil checking - $606.86
  Milfoil Money Market - $13,719.84
  Milfoil CDs - $7,710.52
  Total cash on hand - $22, 673.88

As of 8/19/13 there were 90 paid memberships. There were 97 following the picnic.

2013 Milfoil expenses paid to date (includes spraying, SHE costs, and lake surveys) - $13,161.66

Pam Nelson, Grant Coordinator, reported on the history and status of our grants. We have had a monitoring grant, 2 rapid response grants, and our current (and last) control grant has been extended to 12/31/15. This year, 3.5 acres were treated. Expenses have averaged $15,000/year. We should be able to fund 2-4 more years.

Matt Berg's surveys, required by the grant, accounted for about $9,000 of our total $13,000 expenses. At his last survey, Matt reported that the lake has never looked better. He suggested that each property owner pull weeds from 100 feet in front of their place to maintain weed control.

Marie Hauser, Chair of the Lake District Exploratory Committee (Pam Nelson, Craig Nackerud, Virginia Flo, Mike Foster, Steve Eichman) reported on the committee's findings. Lake Districts were established by a 1974 Wisconsin law, and there are currently over 200 in the state. Local lake districts include Lower Turtle, Pipe, Beaver Dam, and Rice Lake. It is an option to consider as our grant money ends but invasive species continue.

Each property owner will receive a packet with the information gathered to date on the whys-and-hows of forming a district. You will be asked to return an opinion postcard to determine interest in continuing exploring this possibility. Please return the card promptly! You may contact any committee member with questions.

The Peralas reported that since July 4 the donation box at the landing has collected $37.95.

Steve reported that the most recent water quality test was 6.5 feetů.much better than last year.

Tom Klinger is concerned with the number of weeds in Buckwall's Bay. Is cutting an option? (You can open 30' for navigation under DNR rules.) Pam will make inquiries with Matt Berg, Dave Bloomer, and John Plaschko (president when previous cutting occurred). With further investigation, we will discuss this at the May meeting.

We are 2 years away from the DNR netting sample to see if restrictions on the lake have improved fishing. Stocking has been done in the past.

Mailboxes along S Horseshoe Drive have been vandalized..again! If yours is damaged, call the sheriff.

The meeting adjourned at !2:00 noon. Let's picnic!

Respectfully submitted,
Sam Lindquist, Secretary

Picnic news: 92 people attended

Thanks to John Stary for beans and brats, Tom Klinger and crew for corn, Jack Sullivan and friends for beverages, Mindy Stoltz for paper products, Bob Lindquist for buns.

John Stary has FINALLY agreed to share his bean recipe. It follows if you can't wait for next year!

GRAMPA JOHN'S BAKED BEANS
1- 5qt dutch oven
2lbs great northern beans
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar (packed)
3 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp white pepper
3/4lb Nueskes bacon, 12oz sliced
2-1/2 cups chopped onions ╝" size
5 tsp Kitchen Bouquet

Fill dutch oven to within 1" of top with water. Add 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Clean and rinse great northern beans. Add to boiling water. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer 50 minutes. (You may need to add water Be sure to eave enough room in dutch oven for all other ingredients.) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Add white sugar, brown sugar, 5tsp Kitchen Bouquet , onions, 2 tsp salt, and 1-1/2 tsp white pepper and bacon to dutch oven. Stir well, cover, and bake for 5 hours. Take out of oven. They are done.

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