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05/19/2015 - Rich Jacobson’s Memorial Service in Park Rapids - 05/23/2015

A celebration of life for Rich Jacobson will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 112 S. Park Avenue, Park Rapids. Visitation is from 9 - 10 a.m. The family will host a luncheon at the church following the service. Please send Rich’s daughter, Jenny, an email ( jrath.mn@gmail.com) if you think you might attend the luncheon. Sending an email is not necessary but would help in planning for the luncheon. An obituary will be posted in the Park Rapids Enterprise.

 

05/19/2015 - Big Sand Spring Update

Spring came early this year to Big Sand. The ice went out on April 7 — too early to get an ice-out contest organized. Last year the date was May 4 and in 2013 it was not until May 14 that the lake was ice-free. Temperatures have been in the 70’s and even a few days with 80 and a little above. That is until Fishing Opener on May 9 when the temperatures dropped and daytime highs were back in the 40’s. read more...

 

05/01/2015 - Advanced Copy of the Big Sand Newsletter

Click here for an advanced copy of the May, 2015, Big Sand newsletter. A print copy is also being mailed to all Big Sand residents. If you do not receive your copy, please contact us at info@bigsandlake.org to clarify your mailing address.

 

05/01/2015 - Please Renew Your BSLA Membership for 2015

May is an important time to renew your BSLA membership. At the beginning of the summer season, the lake association becomes active with maintaining and installing the marking buoys around the lake, conducting regular water quality testing, and, most importantly, providing inspectors at the public landing for AIS prevention — all of which is reliant on membership dues and donations.

 

A quick and easy way to renew your membership is on-line with a credit card or with Paypal. Click on the link to the May, 2015, issue of the Big Sand newsletter in the article above. Or, select “Membership” in the left-hand column of this page and follow the prompts. A log-in is required using the primary email address that is registered for you in the BSLA database. If you have difficulty logging in, contact us at info@bigsandlake.org. If you prefer paying with a check, a mail-in form may be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Big Sand Lake Association. Those who have a paid current membership are indicated with a loon symbol in the BSLA Membership Directory. To access the members directory, click here.

 

03/14/2015 - Companeros Decides to Not Rebuild

Rick Kempnich, owner of Companeros and the Dorset House which were both destroyed in a fire last September, posted a letter on Facebook announcing the decision to not rebuild the restaurants. The property, names and business plan are up for sale. For more detailed information, click here for a copy of the letter.

 

02/16/2015 - DNR Update on Development of Public Landing

On behalf of the Big Sand Lake Association, Candy Malm, BSLA President, recently contacted Tony Walzer, Acquisition and Development Specialist, DNR Division of Parks and Trails, for an update on the status for development of the public landing. In Mr. Walzer’s response he stated that, "The project has been put on our development project priority list for future development. The next step is to submit a requisition for services for building disposal.  Once this is done, the federal aid review can be conducted to obtain the necessary cultural and environmental clearances, …" In addition Mr. Walzer noted that, " Due to recent expenditures to acquire multiple parcels to consolidate a larger site for a future water access facility elsewhere in Becker County, the Bemidji Area Parks and Trails office does not anticipate any further water access development after this summer/fall until 2017."  Click here for a complete copy of Mr. Walzer's response.

 

Become a Friend of Big Sand

Whether you are a frequent “in-person” visitor to Big Sand or one who only enjoys visiting Big Sand via the webcam, we encourage you to become a “Friend of Big Sand”. This membership category is available to non-residents of Big Sand. The annual dues of $20 will support the activities of the Big Sand Lake Association to preserve, protect and enhance the lake we all love. Click on the "Membership" tab in the left hand column for a convenient on-line, credit card payment process. The option to download and mail in payment is also available.

 

 
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PUBLIC NOTICE


This is a copy of “Public Notice Big Sand Lake Public Water Access Site”
as printed in the Park Rapids Enterprise
on  Saturday, September 28, 2013


The Parks & Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources has obtained an option to purchase a 0.56 acre percel of land located in Section 35, Township 141 North, Range 34 West, Lake Emma Township, Hubbard County, Minnesota, owned by Polly A. Boggs, for the purpose of improving the existing public water access site in the southeast corner of Big Sand Lake. Proposed improvements would include a new and expanded bituminous parking area, a double concrete plank ramp with floating docks, stormwater retention ponds to accommodate runoff and aquatic invasive species best management practices. Provisins would be made for portable toilets. One residential structure and a detached garage are located on the site. The project would be tentatively scheduled for the 2015 construction season.


Comments will be accepted from the public concerning this proposal until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2013. Comments can be sent to David Schotzko, Area Supervisor, Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Trails Division, 3296 State Park Road NE, Bemidji, MN 56601 or david.schotzko@state.mn.us.

Big Sand Spring Update


 

Spring came early this year to Big Sand. The ice went out on April 7 — too early to get an ice-out contest organized. Last year the date was May 4 and in 2013 it was not until May 14 that the lake was ice-free. Temperatures have been in the 70’s and even a few days with 80 and a little above. That is until Fishing Opener on May 9 when the temperatures dropped and daytime highs were back in the 40’s.

 

With little snow cover over the winter and with very little rain this spring, the lake level is quite low. Everyone’s wish for soaking rains finally came through this past week with almost 7 inches falling between May 10-18. Many docks are already in and a few pontoons, fishing boats and kayaks have been observed on the water. The loons are back in full chorus. Check out the new photos in the banner at the top of the page for a spring sampler. The lime green of the emerging leaves and the beautiful white plum blossoms are more vivid for those of us lucky enough to see them in person. Memorial Day is around the corner and summer will soon be here. Please note the articles below about renewing your BSLA membership and the newsletter.

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