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December 12, 2001 - CSAH 71, CSAH 50 Meeting Minutes

Meetings of the CSAH 71 and CSAH 50 Project Management Teams were held in Cass Country, MN, on Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00pm and 2:30pm. The minutes from those meetings can be downloaded here in Adobe pdf (portable document file) format. If you do not already have the pdf viewer, you can download and install it by clicking on the "Get Acrobat Reader" button below.

CSAH 71 Minutes, December 12, 2001

CSAH 50 Minutes, December 12, 2001

October 10, 2001 - CSAH 71, CSAH 50 Meeting Minutes

The October 10 minutes can be downloaded here:

CSAH 71 Minutes, October 10, 2001

CSAH 50 Minutes, October 10, 2001

August 4, 2001 - Election Results

Many thanks to the outgoing officers of the Ten Mile Lake Association for their service in 2000-2001!

Please welcome and congratulate the new officers:

bulletPresident: Don Willis
bulletVice President: Tom Cox
bulletTreasurer: Al Griggs
bulletSecretary: Anne McGill
bulletNew Directors: Don Harris, Bob Horn, Stuart Lane, Jerry Mills, and Ray Black

The complete list of TMLA officers is available on the Officers page.

July 6, 2001


Submitted by Becky Hauschild


Cass County is proposing improvements to CSAH 71 from CSAH 6 to CSAH 50 for a total length of 7.3 miles, tentatively scheduled for construction in 2003. A large portion of the route is through the Chippewa National Forest and traverses the northwesterly side of Ten Mile Lake. The roadway has been classified as a Natural Preservation Route by the State of Minnesota. This allows for a more flexible roadway design. The design will focus on preserving the natural environment, improving safety, and providing for non-motorized recreational use.


Cass County is proposing improvements to CSAH 50 from CSAH 71 to Trunk Highway 371 for a total length of 1.7 miles. This road runs along the northeasterly side of Ten Mile Lake, and southerly side of Portage Lake. The improvement proposes to analyze alternative concepts for the area which is heavily developed between Ten Mile Lake and the large wetland complex. A hydrologic design committee is planned to be assembled for this project and will incorporate the ongoing studies by the Ten Mile Lake Association, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of the improvements.

A Project Management Team, comprised of local representatives and oversight agencies, has been established to promote input and cooperation for the design of each of these projects. If you have any questions regarding either of the above projects, please contact David Enblom, Cass County Engineer at (218) 547-1211, Ext. 101 or Ron Bray, WSB & Associates, Inc. at (888) 541-4800, Ext. 177.

May 11, 2001


Submitted by Bob Crom

[Note on 8/7/2001: Family and Neighborhood Histories are now solicited by the History Committee, Submissions to Lorraine Stromquist at the address below, or by email to Tom Cox.]

This summer brings a unique opportunity for TML families to ensure their fond memories and unique ties to the Lake are not lost to unborn generations.

A publication documenting the history of the greater Hackensack area is one of several major projects being planned to commemorate the Hackensack Area Centennial in 2003.

The planning committee is encouraging all families with connections to lakes, resorts, churches, schools, clubs, civic organizations and businesses over any part of the one hundred years to submit pictures and histories. Plans call for the history to be available for purchase in 2002.

TMLA member Lorraine Stromquist, 4175 County 71 NW, Hackensack, is our link to the Hackensack Area Centennial History project. She's asking for your help in the form of family histories (up to 500 words) and pictures to complement her overview of the Lake's role in the history of the greater Hackensack area

Suggests for writing your family's story are:

  1. Describe your families ties to a location on the Lake--e.g. where and from whom they first acquired their property and why and when they first came to this area. Start with the first family members to come here and continue to the present.
  2. Try to find one or more photos to submit with the history. Photos of particular interest are those that show animal drawn vehicles or style of dress, cars, boats and equipment of an early era; condition or nature of roads; appearance of your camp, cabin or lake home; unique or typical social, cultural or recreational activities; local personalities or businesses.
  3. Insofar as possible use full names of all family members. In the case of wives, use the full maiden name. Locations and dates of births, marriages, deaths and burial are also of interest.
  4. Give occupation and full name of parents, grandparents, etc.
  5. Include details about family life, leisure time and community activities, offices held, military service, schools attended, church membership, achievements, honors and hobbies.
  6. If the above suggestions aren't helpful just include things you'd like your grandchildren to know about each generation.

Family histories, with your mailing address and phone number noted, should be submitted to Lorraine no later than July 31, 2001 ---- earlier would be much appreciated.

[Note: Histories continue to be solicited...]

Ten Mile Weather/Ice Updates!

bulletPhoebe Alden, April 30: John [Alden] proclaimed Sunday, April 29th, as "official" ice-out on Ten Mile! With high winds from the SE on Saturday and then the SW on Sunday it went quickly. [Also:] 30 were in attendance at the Spring Fling - all in all a pleasant get together!
bulletBob Crom, April 30: Heavy winds with temperatures that rose from 63 degrees at 7:00am into the high 70's or low 80's turned ice to water on Ten Mile today. I'm not sure what the officials will rule was the hour and minute of "ice out" -- but from a drive around Ten Mile about 5:00pm we could see or find nothing more than a bit of slush along the north shore parallel to Upper Ten Mile Lake Road -- every bay and the lake itself seemed to be clear with white caps in evidence in many locations.
bulletPhoebe Alden, April 27: There's enough open water in the bays that loons returned to the lake this week. Depending on air temps and predicted high winds, we're guessing ice-out could possibly be within the week!
bulletBob Crom, April 26: Between 2 and 3 p.m. today (Thursday) I noticed the ice was breaking up in Long Bay and starting to move toward Arthur's end of the Bay. Shortly after 7 p.m. two loons were feeding not far off of Boone Point. Although the ice remains on the main portion of the Lake, I can see open water on Flower Pot, and Long Bay is 90% ice free.
bulletJohn Alden, February 11: It's been a little cool here lately. Thought the folks in Florida and Arizona might like to know that it was 34 below when I walked the dog before dawn this past Friday.
bulletRecall ice-in -- December 11: Phoebe Alden confirms Ten Mile's cold temperatures, reporting in a December 14 email that "... indeed, we have been experiencing some very chilling subzero temperatures. Ice-in on Ten Mile has been 'officially' noted on our calendars as Tuesday, [December] 11th. A little bit earlier than the average, but not the earliest." The Ice-In 'officials' are John Alden (North Shore) and Don Hoppe (South Shore).

January 4, 2001: Ten-Milers Try To Save an Eagle

(Based on articles by Gail DeBoer in the Walker Pilot-Independent, Dec. 21, 2000 and January 4, 2001. See also Pilot Independent )

Ten-Milers Chris Bliska, son of Molly Bliska, and his family were key players in a determined effort to save an eagle; the eagle eventually died of lead poisoning.

On December 16, 2000 Chris and his family were out for a walk when they came upon the eagle in a ditch along Lower Ten Mile Lake Road. The eagle appeared unable to fly and hobbled into the woods. When Molly checked later in the day, the eagle was still there, still unable to fly. She called Chris who was by then on his way home to Minneapolis. Chris then spoke with staff at the University Raptor Center, which attempts to rehabilitate injured or poisoned birds of prey, and later that afternoon flew his own plane back to Hackensack accompanied by Terry Headley, a Raptor Center volunteer. Assisted by the Bliskas, Headley was able to subdue the eagle. Chris Bliska then flew the bird and handler back to Minneapolis.

At the Raptor Center, under the supervision of Director Dr. Pat Redig, the eagle was sedated and examined. Lead poisoning was suspected and eventually proved, and the eagle was treated with chemicals that would remove the lead from her system. While Redig was hopeful that the eagle might survive the high lead levels in her system, the eagle died six days later of heart failure, since the lead is extremely toxic to the heart muscle. An autopsy confirmed the diagnosis of lead poisoning.

The eagle, a female, was estimated to be about five years old and weighed about 12 pounds. Redig believes that the poisoning had occurred 3 to 5 days before she was found, and might have involved half a dozen shotgun pellets or one small piece of lead shrapnel. While the lead would have remained in the eagle's system only a few days, it would cause sufficient damage in that time to cause the death of the eagle.

(Note: an article in the Summer 2000 issue of the TMLA Newsletter described the dangers of lead poisoning in birds caused by lead shot and sinkers.)

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