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The Big Sand Lake Charitable Fund Committee would like to gratefully acknowledge the following 65 Big Sand Lake home and cabin owners who contributed generously to the Fund to support DNR watercraft inspection at the boat launch this past year.

Thank you for helping to keep Big Sand Lake AIS free!

David H. Billion, Cathy Birkeland, Paul T. Birkeland, Debra Bowers, Andrea Brainard, Bob Bray, Gregory Bruggen, Tim Conely, Carolyn G. Corwin, Hollis Corwin, Bryce & Carrie Craig, Michael Cziok, William Eichten, William H. Ellis, Evergreen Lodge Resort & Golf Course, Tim Fischbach, Gary Garner, William Hanley, Ann & Chris Hilger, David & Joan Hilger, Dr. Peter & Linda Hilger, Deborah & Peter James Hilger, Tim Hilger & Kathy Ebert, Don Hoodecheck, Cynthia Jones, Tom Kimer, Tanya Knudson, Pamela Kobriger, Wayne Krueger, Evelyn L. Kvamme, Linda & Paul Lee, Edith Long, Matt Lyons, Peter Marrinan, Michael Marzolf, Charles A. Mausbach, Butch McConn, Patrick Mcgrath, Rena Mears, Robert Milligan, Jon Monson, Tom Naerebout, Rolf Nelson, Sandra Ondracek, Charles Perkins, Brian Peterson, James Pierson, Pinewoods LLC, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Provinzino, Gingie Schmitt, Tom Scott, James Shandorf, Carol & Pat Sokol, Laura Spolum, John Steffen, James Stephenson, Shari Sutor, Thomas N. Tharaldson, Stan Williamson, Randau Wimmer

09/21/2021 - Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates

Minnesota groups press for more detailed plans to fight aquatic invaders . . , for more information, click here or the link below.

08/16/2021 - DNR Public Access Schedule

The DNR has advised us of a change of dates for the scheduled Public Access work on Big Sand Lake. It will be closed starting the morning of Thursday, September 9 and tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 4. This is a change from the time frame given to us in a letter from Kent Skaar that was blasted to BSLA membership last spring.

Members need to plan to have boats out of the water before September 9 or wait until after the October 4 reopening. They should also contact their 3rd party vendors, that need water access to work with boat lifts and docks in closing for the winter, of the change in dates.

Thanks to the members that saw the date discrepancy between the DNR letter and the article in the Park Rapids Enterprise and bringing it to the Board’s attention, in order that we could work with the DNR to get them to compromise and give the extra time.

08/16/2021 - MN Lakes & Rivers Advocates

I am writing to ask for your help in a study about aquatic invasive species. The study is being conducted by the Center for Changing Landscapes and the Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota, and funded by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. I am contacting you because we want to know what you think about invasive species.

The findings from this study will be used to help local resource managers and community leaders better understand residents’ views and to facilitate communication and outreach programs in the area. We really appreciate your taking the time to help us with this study. It should take you only about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Please click here to access the survey. You can also access the survey at

This survey is voluntary and completely confidential. The risks of participating in this study are minimal. There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study. You are free to withdraw at any time. Completion of this survey indicates your voluntary consent to participate. Your decision to participate will not affect your current or future relationship with the University of Minnesota.

We would be happy to answer any questions or listen to any comments you may have about this study. Please feel free to contact me by phone at 612-624-6726, or by email at If you have any questions or concerns regarding the study and would like to talk to someone other than the researcher(s), you are encouraged to contact the Research Subjects' Advocate Line,, telephone (612) 625-1650, 1-888-224-8636 (toll free). 

I hope you enjoy completing the questionnaire and I look forward to receiving your response.


Amit Pradhananga
Center for Changing Landscapes
University of Minnesota

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