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Tell the EPA to Withdraw their Proposed Rule to Regulate Most Water Bodies

Tell the EPA to Withdraw their Proposed Rule to Regulate Most Water Bodies

September 18, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) have issued a proposed rulemaking that redefines most water bodies as “waters of the U.S.,” which is a fundamental change to the Clean Water Act. If promulgated, this proposed regulation would place more water bodies under the authority of the EPA and the Corps, which would result in more time consuming and expensive permits, regulatory red tape, and less economic development in communities across the country.

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Information from the National Association of REALTORS “Tell the EPA to Withdraw their Proposed Rule to Regulate Most Water Bodies”, September 18, 2014,

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New Officers Installed

NEW GLAR Officers Installed

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS held their Annual Installation of Officers October 5, 2014 at the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS in Baxter.  The Minnesota Association of REALTORS President John Smaby installed the new officers.  New officers for the 2014-2015 year are:  President T.J. Simon, Wolff and Simon Real Estate in Park Rapids; President Elect Carrie Lee, Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Baxter; Treasurer Brad Wadsten, Edina Realty in Baxter; Secretary Laurie Moe, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point Realty in Walker; Directors: Trista Diem, Weichert REALTORS® Tower Properties in Brainerd; Adam Kalenberg, Exit Lakes Realty Premier in Baxter; Kevin Merten, Bill Hansen Realty in Longville; Jeff Kruschek, RE/MAX Central in Little Falls; Affiliate Director Shayna McCulloch, Stewart Title in Baxter; and MLS Representative Becky Sandelands, Sandelands Realty in Isle.  CEO of the Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS® is Janie Weston.

Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Kevin Zabel talked to the members about the Minnesota Homes Matter Campaign and protecting the mortgage interest deduction.  Members and the Public are encouraged to go to for more information.

Special Awards were given to Becky Butcher, Bremer Bank, REALTOR® Affiliate of the Year Award, Carrie Ruud, Lakes & Leisure Realty, REALTOR® Citizen of the Year; and T.J. Simon REALTOR® of the Year.  Congratulations to Becky, Carrie and T. J.!

The Greater Lakes Association of REALTORS is located in Baxter, Minnesota and is made up of REALTORS and Affiliates who service Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Association Members and Affiliates. The members of this Association adhere to a strict ethical code; as well foster the education of our Membership. The Association provides services to Members including access to the Multiple Listing System (MLS) which houses the listings of our Members and listing from around the state of Minnesota. Other services include education, networking opportunities, Association website, and a weekly email and monthly newsletter.


Contact person:  Janie Weston

15344 Pearl Drive

Baxter, MN  56425




Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass Lake in Cass County

From the Department of Natural Resources

Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass Lake in Cass County
Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Cass Lake located in Cass County in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
A citizen discovered the zebra mussels earlier in the week while collecting shells on the beach on the southeast corner of Cedar Island. The area is a popular beach and swimming area where people park their watercraft to swim and fish.
Three hollow (dead) zebra mussels of varying sizes (ages) were collected. The samples were given to a DNR creel clerk who submitted them to the DNR area fisheries office in Bemidji where they were verified to be zebra mussels.
Following the identification, DNR staff conducted a search on Cass Lake around the northwest and southeast points of Cedar Island. The crew inspected more than 200 items along 565 feet of shoreline and 2,500 square feet of lake habitat and found zebra mussels in a variety of sizes.

“This is the first confirmed adult zebra mussel find in the Bemidji area,” said Nicole Kovar, DNR invasive species specialist.

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Zebra mussels discovered in 2 Crow Wing County lakes


Zebra mussels discovered in 2 Crow Wing County lakes

Adult zebra mussels have been found in Gilbert and North Long lakes in Crow Wing County, resulting in both lakes being designated as infested, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The lakes are located near Brainerd.

The initial discovery was reported by the parents of two young boys who retrieved a plastic container with attached zebra mussels while snorkeling in Gilbert Lake. A few days later, children swimming in North Long Lake found zebra mussels and their parents reported this discovery to DNR. Following the positive identification of the zebra mussels, DNR aquatic biologists searched both lakes and found additional specimens to confirm the diagnosis.

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Volunteer Water Monitors Sought to Help Protect Minnesota Lakes and Streams

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. Minnesota’s volunteer water monitoring programs are among the largest citizen science programs in the nation, but in order to reach all the lakes and streams across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed.

More than 1,300 Minnesotans volunteer to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs. As part of the program, volunteers are asked to perform a short and simple test at their designated lake or stream once per week throughout the summer. Equipment and training are provided by the MPCA.

Volunteer data helps water resource managers to see trends in water quality and make watershed management decisions throughout the state. For some lakes and streams, volunteer-collected data is the only data available, making citizen involvement critical to ensuring to the long-term health of Minnesota’s waters.

Citizen Water Monitoring volunteers benefit from the program by learning more about their favorite lake or stream, connecting with their community, and helping to maintain and protect one of our state’s most precious natural resources.  

To become a volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the MPCA’s website at, or call 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 800-657-3864 (Greater Minnesota).

Article from the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources News, Spring 2014 edition


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