And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Scott Walsh went out on a little snowmobile ride around the lake on Wednesday 12/12, mostly went closer to shore. On a second run he went more in the middle of the lake and hit a pressure ridge (not too common on lake sarah) in the area of the map shown above (east bay). Not sure how thin the ice is there but believe its probably dangerous.
Caution is always advised on lake ice especially early in the season. Please be careful if venturing out on lake Sarah.
Use de-icing salt sparingly to protect Minnesota waters
As the first snow of the season arrives, Minnesotans start thinking about clearing snow and ice from pavement — sometimes with salt. But when the snow melts or it rains, the salt, which contains chloride, runs into storm drains and into nearby lakes, rivers, and groundwater.
We scatter an estimated 365,000 tons of salt in the metro area each year. But it only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. There’s no feasible way to remove chloride once it gets into the water, and we are finding increasing amounts of chloride in waters around the state. Salty water harms freshwater fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Though no environmentally safe, effective, and inexpensive alternatives to salt are yet available, smart salting strategies can help reduce chloride pollution in state waters. You might think more salt means more melting and safer conditions, but it’s not true! Salt will effectively remove snow and ice if it’s scattered so that the salt grains are about three inches apart (see this illustration for a visual reference. If you publish the graphic, credit the Regional Stormwater Protection Team). A coffee mug full of salt (about 12 ounces) is all you need for a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares (roughly 1,000 square feet). Consider using a hand-held spreader to apply salt consistently, and use salt only in critical areas.
And sweep up any extra that is visible on dry pavement. It is no longer doing any work and will be washed away into local waters.
Additional tips for limiting salt use:
Shovel. The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you’ll have to use and the more effective it can be.
15oF and below is too cold for salt. Most salts stop working at this temperature. Use sand instead for traction, but remember that sand does not melt ice.
Slow down. Drive for the conditions and make sure to give plow drivers plenty of space to do their work. Consider purchasing winter (snow) tires.
Hire a certified Smart Salting contractor. Visit the MPCA's Smart Salting webpage for a list of winter maintenance professionals specifically trained in limiting salt use.
Watch a video. Produced by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, it offers tools for environmentally friendly snow and ice removal.
Promote smart salting. Work together with local government, businesses, schools, churches, and nonprofits to advocate for reducing salt use in your community.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommends a low-salt diet for our lakes, streams, and rivers. Much like table salt, rock salt’s benefits are peppered with danger. Salt helps melt ice on roads and sidewalks. But when the snow melts, de-icing salt, which contains chloride, runs into nearby bodies.
The mission of the MPCA is to protect and improve the environment and human health.
St. Paul • Brainerd • Detroit Lakes • Duluth • Mankato • Marshall • Rochester www.pca.state.mn.us • Toll-free and TDD 800-657-3864
The final water level reading for 2018 was 979.08' (east bay) on October 24, 2018
This can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 12, 2017 of 978.95' , the initial reading this season of 979.98 on 5/2/18 and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. The chart below shows water levels from 1/1/2015 - 10/24/2018 courtesy of Sandy Fecht , MNDNR. With the notable exception of the late summer 2016 heavy rains the water levels on Sarah have been reasonably consistent in recent years.
Additional information, charts, and historical data can be found on the Water Levels page
1000 more walleye
move to lake Sarah
The Lake Sarah Association completed the 2018 stocking of walleye on October 25, 2018. Kent Roers and Marcus Zahn met Ron Rademacher to release the 1000+ walleye fingerlings from Joe Slavec's dock in the mid-lake channel. Since the programs inception in 2006 this program has introduced more than 290,000 walleye fry and 9,000 walleye fingerlings to lake Sarah.
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click the Paypal button at right to donate to the stocking program with any major credit card or bank balance transfer. Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated!
A truly amazing friend and neighbor has passed away
Ronald Marvin Jorgenson, age 79, of Loretto, MN went into the loving arms of the Lord on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
Our deepest sympathies to Mary and the Jorgenson family.
Visitation will be held at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Home, 15800 37th Avenue North, Plymouth, MN 55446 on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 4-7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 145 Railway Street East, Loretto, MN 55357, with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon to celebrate Ron's life will be held after the service at the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, MN 55340.
Many of the questions emailed to this site regard illegal or inconsiderate snowmobile, atv, boat or pwc operation or fishing/hunting violation questions. To report illegal vehicular activity you should contactHennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol (612)596-9880, or West Hennepin Public Safety (763)479-0500, The Water Patrol will not issue a citation for offenses they do not witness. They may issue a citation if the witness agrees sign the complaint (much like a citizens arrest). If you plan on filing charges against an individual you should make note of the date, time, vehicle description and license number, identity or good description of the operator. A side note; If the offender wishes to appear in court you may be required to appear as witness / accuser. To report hunting or fishing violations call DNR area Conservation Officer Officer Name: Brent Grewe Phone: (763) 205-6014, DNR Enforcement (651)582-1502, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2017-18 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2018 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2017 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
Lake Sarah (MN DNR #27-0191) is located in sections 1 and 2, township 118, range 24; and in sections 34 and 35, township 119, range 24, Hennepin County, Minnesota. GPS 45°4'19"N 93°41'24"W surrounded by the Minnesota cities of Independence, Greenfield, Loretto, Medina, and Rockford. Click here to view a Google hybrid map of lake Sarah. Suggestions for content and services to be provided by this site are always welcome!E-mail this websitewith your feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas.