Fall Newsletter

Upper Hay Lake Association P.O. Box 769 Pequot Lakes, Minnesota 56472 

Fall Newsletter October 2021                                               Page


What an amazing fall it has been this year.  I have managed to get “one last” kayak in to enjoy the glass-like water and beautiful colors.  It is a bittersweet time of the year as everyone is busy bringing in their boats and docks.  We had a hot; yet a beautiful summer to create many memories on Upper Hay Lake.  I am always sad to see summer come to an end; but am thankful I can share the lake with you. 


Keith Hughes passed away on September 21, 2021, in St. Cloud.  Keith was the “godfather” of Hay Lake Lodge and our voice of reason.  He was a resident of Upper Hay Lake for over twenty years and committed to building community within our association.  Keith also had a keen interest in the inlet and outlet on Upper Hay Lake, along with the quality of water in our lake.  His twenty-three grandchildren built many fond memories tubing, boating and fishing on Upper Hay Lake.


Our Upper Hay Lake Association met at the Jenkins VFW on August 5th in the evening.  It was an enjoyable meeting as we all had a chance to introduce ourselves and visit with each other.  We decided to have Beach Captains who will share updates related to UHLA happenings/issues with their neighbors. So far, our Beach Captain volunteers are Cindy Rieck, Neil Beaverson, Mike DuBay, Greg Murphy, and Jack Woodruff.  Please let one of the board members know if you are interested in helping out.  It is an easy way to make connections with your neighbors and to enhance our lake living.


Recently, Cindy Rieck had some shoreline restoration completed using willow waddles.  WAPOA members helped her out with this project, and it looks great!  I encourage you to consider making plans for some shoreline restoration for next spring.  Even a small part of your beach restored would be an asset for keeping the phosphorus levels down.  As I kayak around the lake, I have observed a marked difference in the shorelines which have some natural vegetation. The shorelines with plants and vegetation or restoration efforts appear to be much more substantial and stable.


Mark Saturday, May 21, 2022, on your calendar for the annual membership meeting.  If you have any ideas you would like to contribute, be sure to contact one of the UHLA board members.  Remember that Upper Hay Lake Association will only be successful if we have a strong and interested membership.  Thank you for your commitment to keeping our lake clean and beautiful.  Enjoy the fall colors and the change of seasons!

                                                              Claire Steen

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Here is great way to connect with others on the lake, whether it is the app for your phone, or the website for your computer. Signing up for Nextdoor is easy.

Someone might post that they found the lost life jacket your two-year-old threw over the boat unbeknown to you. Perhaps you just want to find the best lawn care person, or you no longer can handle the dock and lift anymore, and you want to find someone you can hire. Lost dog, want to sell something…. it all can be done on Nextdoor.  https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/?source=more_menu

Judy Murphy

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To date we have 91 paid members for $2,415.00, plus extra donations of $1,197.00.  In addition, we have two members paid for 2022 and one for 2023.  I did not send out delinquency notices this year as our annual membership meeting was so late in the year.  Hopefully we will be back over 100 next year.  We currently have $1,687.35 in checking, $5,305.53 in savings, and $36,090.24 in CDs totaling $43,083.12.

                                                                 Ken Meyer

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A new Upper Hay Lake Association website has been developed since our current website will no longer be supported by Conservation Minnesota.  Jack Wheeler from Blue Hat Design has converted it to a new format.  Brad Schultz will be adding updates soon.  The site is located at:


                                                              Brad Schultz



On August 5, 2021, the Annual Upper Hay Lake meeting was held at the Jenkins VFW Club.  There was a total of 33 in attendance.  The speaker for the evening was Nicolle Erickson, Environmental Service Specialist.  She gave a presentation regarding the lakes in Crow Wing County—especially all the aquatic invasive species invading our waters:  zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort.  Information about Crow Wing County AIS prevention efforts, including interactive maps to search for the status of area lakes, can be found at www.crowwing.us/ais.  The president presented an open forum for lake residents to voice their concerns.  Issues raised included the depths of the water and having the DNR install markers, turning off bright lights around the lake at night, discussion about bears, and traffic on the lake.  Brad Schultz provided entertainment—minnow races.  The winner was Susan Dubay.

                                                              –Brad Schultz

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Here’s a great opportunity to become an active member of the Upper Hay Lake Community


The Upper Hay Lake Association is looking for volunteers to be Beach Captains, as a Beach

Captain you will be the Go-To person, who welcomes new neighbors, conveys concerns to the

Board, and notifies their neighbors of pertinent information regarding the lake.

We need several volunteers for each side of the lake.


Please contact if you are interested:

Neil Beaverson 651-429-2023

Jack Woodruff 612-802-2024

–Judy Murphy



To address various concerns, the idea of beach captains was suggested by Claire Steen at the annual meeting.  The following members volunteered:  Cindy Rieck – south side; Neil Beaverson – northwest side; Greg Murphy – southwest side; Mike Dubay – east side; and Jack Woodruff – north side.

                                                              –Brad Schultz

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This fall, Conservation Minnesota is proud to launch Conservation Crew, a student leadership program for Minnesota middle schoolers designed to empower youth through conservation projects. As a youth-led after school program, the Crew will research, select, and complete a conservation project that benefits its school or the surrounding community. Each Crew will be supported by a teacher and Conservation Minnesota staff. The new program will engage students from across the state and reach communities who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn about conservation. Individual schools will share their work with one another, enabling collaboration with students from different backgrounds. Opportunities to meet with local policymakers and conservation professionals will build students’ leadership and communication skills. In the spring, three outstanding projects will be awarded prizes to fund future activities. By investing in students, we hope to foster a lifetime connection to conservation and the Great Outdoors and equip young leaders with the skills they need to protect our environment. As students begin their projects, we will provide updates on our website at: conservationminnesota.org/crew

             –Conservation Minnesota Fall 2021 Newsletter


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For over 10 years, the Clean Water, Land, & Legacy Amendment has played an important role in preserving our state’s natural resources. Conservation Minnesota continues to watch this funding source closely to ensure the money is used as voters intended. One way Legacy Amendment dollars are spent is in educating the next generation of Minnesotans. Funding in this year’s Legacy Bill, passed in June by the state Legislature, included several projects that will provide opportunities for kids to get involved in the Great Outdoors. Learn how all Legacy Amendment funds are spent at: legacy.leg.mn Here are a few projects:

  • Minnesota Green Schoolyards, The Trust for Public Land This pilot project will assess, promote, and demonstrate how schoolyards can improve water, air, and habitat quality. It will foster the next generation of stewards, while improving health, education, and community outcomes.
  • Minnesota Freshwater Quest: Environmental Education on State Waterways, Wilderness Inquiry 30,000 underserved Minnesota youth (grades 6–12) will explore and improve their local waterways using freshwater species as the hook for place-based, hands-on environmental education.
  • The Voyageurs Classroom Initiative, Voyageurs National Park Association. The Voyageurs Classroom will connect 6,000 Minnesota youth to Voyageurs National Park over three years to learn about its waters, wildlife, forests and skies, and engage in its preservation.

–Conservation Minnesota Fall 2021 Newsletter


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At the last Annual Board Meeting, we had an open discussion with Association members, one of the main concerns is the light pollution around the lake, the light that extends past its usage, and interferes with non-owners of that light. In the past I have had many people complain to me about their neighbor’s garage or cabin outside lights that shine all night and light up their home so they don’t even need to use a nightlight. They find this very invasive, and it can manifest into problems with their neighbors. There also have been many complaints about lights from across the lake shining into bedroom windows, or just shining at them as they are sitting on their dock trying to enjoy the serenity and magnitude of the night sky.  Light pollution impacts everyone, including animals and the environment they depend on to survive. It was not that long ago, that we all could walk outside, whether it was on the dock or just on your land, look up and gaze in amazement at the beauty of night sky. Now it is like living in the city!

Good Outdoor Lighting Should:

  • Optimize visibility at night for what we want lit
  • Minimize energy consumption
  • Minimize impact on the environment and ourselves
  • Minimize glare
  • Minimize light trespass

Please be kind and either use motion sensor lights or lights on a timer.

                                                              –Judy Murphy

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Beaverson, Neil    33904 N. Oak Dr.            651-429-6672                               nmbeaverson@comcast.net                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2023

                              417 Bear Ave. S.

                              Vadnais Heights, MN 55127


Braun, Bob             4875 Popple Trail              651-452-2872              rhbraun@comcast.net                                       2022

                              1262 Wilderness Curve      651-587-5596 – Cell

                              Eagan, MN 55123


Engel, Lori             4305 Acorn Lane               651-247-8135 – Cell                              engel.lori1@gmail.com            2024



Larson, Whitey       33061 W Shady Beach Ln  218-568-5831              whiteylar@me.com                                           2022


Meyer, Ken            4345 Acorn Lane               218-568-5414              kenmeyer@tds.net                                             2024

Treasurer                                                        218-820-7683 – Cell


Murphy, Judy         33424 S. Oak Drive           218-330-1890 – Cell                              jamurphy61.jm@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                     2023



Perwien, Mickey     33546 N. Oak Drive           612-386-4858 – Cell                              mperwien@gmail.com            2022


Schultz, Brad          33143 Osprey Circle          952-393-1758                              nlonglakers@gmail.com                  2023


Steen, Claire           33161 Osprey Circle          218-829-3757                              Claire.steen@charter.net                  2024

President                29 Kingwood Street           218-330-7059 – Cell

                              Brainerd, MN 56401


Woodruff, Jack       4861 Popple Trail              612-802-3832                              woodruffgarden17@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                                                                                       2024

Honorary Board Member