Horseshoe Lake - Merrifield, MN

Drone Photos courtesy of Justin Peterson

Horseshoe Lake - Merrifield, MN

Drone Photos courtesy of Justin Peterson

Horseshoe Lake - Merrifield, MN

Drone Photos courtesy of Justin Peterson

Horseshoe Lake - Merrifield, MN

We had a wonderful turnout for the annual kids fishing contest.

Headlines / News on Horseshoe Lake, Merrifield MN:

Hide Away Bay Development Appeal Update:     

 
The HLPOA Board has voted in favor of moving forward with the Appeal of the Crow Wing County Commissioner’s approval of the Hide Away Bay Development on Horseshoe Lake.  

On Tuesday, October 19th, the HLPOA attorney filed the petition for Writ of Certiori with the Court of Appeals.  That document starts the appeal process and will be served on the County Board and the developers, B-Dirt and Tracts, LLC within a week. 

Again, we thank all those who have donated to the HLPOA Appeal fund so far to cover the legal representation costs.  So far, we received donations or pledges from 115 families (not quite half of the property owners) for $50,600.  As mentioned earlier, the goal is $70,000 so we are nearly three-fourths of our goal. 

If you have not yet contributed, it would be greatly appreciated if you would consider donating very soon, absolutely any amount is helpful.  This effort is to protect Horseshoe Lake from the negative impacts that the new development will have on the natural environment, water quality and neighboring lake owners. The Board is working very hard to reach and inform all property owners on Horseshoe Lake.  

For donations, please send Michele Buttweiler (mlbuttweiler@gmail.com) an email message with your contribution amount and then submit your donation as noted below.

Donations accepted:
Cash or Checks made out to HLPOA and mailed to:
Horseshoe Lake Property Owner’s Association
PO Box 86
Merrifield, MN. 56465

Credit Card or PayPal:  https://www.horseshoelakemn.com/hlpoa-dues/

Again, thank you for your support on this urgent matter.  We will send out periodic updates as the case proceeds.  Please contact any of the Board members if you have questions.
Thank you very much!
The HLPOA Board

Dave Baker dabake73@gmail.com Nancy Jones nancysayresjones@gmail.com
Chad Boeckmann chadb@trustsds.com Jerry Martin 147ironwood@gmail.com
Michele Buttweiler mlbuttweiler@gmail.com Kevin Max kevincmax@frontiernet.net
Judy Deis mdeis@comcast.net Jim Peterson jimpeterson5653@comcast.net
Tadd Ford tpford99@comcast.net Sue Peterson jimsuepeterson@comcast.net
Michael Lunzer  mlunzer@comcast.net Diane Wiener diane.wiener7757@gmail.com

Thank you very much to these families for donating as of Friday, October 22nd, 2021:

 
Ackert
Anonymous
Auld
Baker
Berg
Bergquist
Betts (T)
Betts (D)
Blattner
Boser
Butorac
Buttweiler
Chambers/Parsisson
Connelly
Couillard
Deis
Dimler
Dodge
Eisele
Erickson (D)
Fillmore
Galatowitsch
Geadelmann
Geiger
Gillespie
Glas (D)
 
Glas (W)
Goplen
Graham
Gross
Guse
Hansen
Hanson
Havir
Hayden
Hays
Heinson
Heller
Holman
Hopf
Horstman
Huestis/Trenary
Hunerberg
Hunt
Iten
Jezierski
Johnson
Jones (L)
Jones (R)
Kalton
Kiener
Kilness
Kirsch
Kittok
Kramer
Kuphal
Kurowski (Isabell)
Kurowski (Melvin)
Laurence
Lawler
Leete
Lewis
Little
Lockertz
Lonnes
Losey
Ludwigson
Lunzer (L)
Lunzer (M)
Magnuson
Mainquist, (K)
Mainquist, (P)
Markert
Martin
Max
Medelberg
Melde
Moe
Murphy
Oksnevad
Oliverius
Olsen
Packert
Peterson
Pierre
Pratt
Qualley
Radebaugh
Ranta
Reiners
Remy
Roitenberg
Russek
Russell
Sackett
Saunders
Schafer
Seeman
Shinofield
Siebert
Spear
Stans
Starry
Sundeen
Swanson
Sykora
Tripet Dodge
Tschann
Tyler
Van Eyll
VanHeel
Vendrzyk
Weihs
Wiener
Zachow

Capital Plan – Open House

The Mission Town Board is developing a Capital Plan (2021-2026) to include replacement of aging equipment, reclamation of aging roads, Park improvements and Town Hall upgrades.  There will be an Open House on Monday, November 15, from 6-7 PM (Mission Town Hall) to review the key projects and receive your input.  Please plan to attend this event as your input is needed.

Its that time  again for our annual membership drive for our HLPOA . Below listed are our current paid members as of 9/29/2021.This is for August 2021-July 2022, our fiscal year. To pay current dues please mail check for $35 or pay through PayPal. See links at the bottom of the page.

Mail to:

Horseshoe Lake Property Owner’s Association
PO Box 86
Merrifield, MN.

Below:Current Paid Members for fiscal year.

August 2021-July 2022.

(as of 9/29/2021)

Ackert Gary
Baker David
Berg Julie
Bergquist Cynthis & Dawn
Betts Thomas
Betts Russell & Patricia 
Brodersen Steven & Kathryn
Buttweiler Michele
Collins Jeanne
Connelly John & Kathleen
Couillard Terry
Crawford Fred & Priscilla
Davis Donald & Susan
Davis Donald & Susan
Deis Matt & Judy
DeYoe Mary
Dilorenzo Cathleen
Eisele Sharon
Ford Tad & Pam
Galatowitsch Dennis
Geadelmann Connie
Geiger Norm & Connie
Gibas John & Kim
Glas Donald & Jacqueline
Glas William
Goepfert Lisa
Goplen David and Mary
Graham Andrew
Hansen Richard & Janyce
Haugstad Allan & Karen
Havir Terry & Kristine
Hays Bud & Darlene
Heinson/McCuskey Gordon & Gretchen
Heller Richard & Pamela
Herker Christopher & Kerry
Holman Maureen
Hopf Patrick & Catherine
Horstman Jason & Jill
Hupe Claude & Kathryn
Hupf Patrick & Cindy
Johnson William & Geraldine
Johnson Richard
Johnson Sheri
Johnson Dale & Barbara
Jones Ronald & Nancy
Jorvig Gregory
Junker Gregory & Nancy
Kalton Robert & Rebecca
Kilness Cathy
Kittok Joan
Knight John & Mary
Kurowski Clarence
Lallman William & Janice
Landry Family Sandy Hoffman
Laurence Thomas
Lee Erik & Kathleen Bittner
Leete Jeanette
Leland Leonard & Susan
Lewis Christopher & Janice
Lewis Jeffrey & Shelley
Little Wesley & Joan
Losey Tom & Carol
Mainquist Phil & Beth
Mainquist Kent & Sally
Majka John & Laurie
Martin Jerry & Linda
Max  Kevin & Margaret
Mayavski Sandra
McCormick Mark & Sharon
Meinz Thomas & Charlotte
Moe Patricia
Moores William & Marjorie
Morgan Dennis & Debra
Moyer Leland & Linda
Murphy Dianne
Oksnevad Haakon & Jane
Oliverius Richard & Julie
Olson Shirley
Packert John & Elizabeth
Paur George & Carol
Peterson James & Sue
Pierre Kristen
Pratt Craig
Quale Jon & Rosalie
Reko Ken
Remy Tracy
Russell/Hagen AT & MK
Sackett Gwendolyn
Saunders Rob & Bev
Sautter Gregory
Schoenecker Michael
Schoenecker Michael
Schroedl Michael & Mary
Schuck Sue
Schuck Sue
Shinofield  Richard & Linda
Siebert Wayne & Mary
Stans (Norton) Robert (Amy & David)
Sundeen Raymond & Diane
Sykora Richard & Carla
Tripet Dodge Laura
Triplett Bruce & Carol
Tschann Mindy
VanHeel Jill L
Washburn Richard & Joann
Weihs Bill & Teresa
Wiczek Diane
Wiener Christopher & Diane
FYI-recap of zebra mussels in Horseshoe Lake
One of the county inspectors found a Zebra Mussel on a weed that was attached to a boat leaving the Horseshoe landing. The DNR inspected our lake and he found a Zebra Mussel on the east basin attached to a clam, (they did not find any near the landing) , found another just on the west side of the channel in about 5 feet of water and also on the west side of the west basin attached to a golf ball. DNR said they looked to be 3-5 years old! They also said they will be installing signs at the boat landing stating the lake has invasive species. They mentioned that it is difficult for Zebra Mussels to thrive in our lake because of the lack of substrate such as rocks. Pelican Lake’s infestation has stayed limited, thinks, for the same reason.. DNR is more than willing to answer questions we have, but he cannot do face to face meetings. We can contact him by phone, email or Zoom
Tim Plude
Cell phone 218-368-9205
timothy.plude@state.mn.us

Crow Wing County COMMISSIONER OVERTURNED ZONING BOARD VOTE TO PERMIT HIDEAWAY BAY DEVELOPMENT!
here is link to meeting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfsJxXIKNE0&t=7685s

At the June 26, 2021 board meeting, the Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association (HLPOA) unanimously voted to oppose the Hideaway Bay on Horseshoe Lake development (proposal number 2).  The board and the association members are concerned about the additional 14 residences proposed to be added on 2 “regular” Horseshoe Lake lake lots and the impact of the 10% increase in the number of homes and lake traffic on the EAST half of the lake. The increase in residences on Horseshoe Lake will cause many problems for this small recreational lake (RD Lakes require 160’per lot for development). 

The HLPOA and its members want the Hideaway Bay proposal denied for these reasons:

  1. Mission Township’s Comprehensive plan states in two separate citations that “Cluster Developments” and Conservation Subdivisions should NOT abut lakeshore and be limited to NON lakeshore parcels.
  2. Horseshoe Lake requires that minimum lake shore frontage (unless Grandfathered in) of 150’ for construction. In Hideaway Bay’s proposal, that should be two building lots/homes, not 14 homes. The Developer is selling homes with access to the lake equal to 30’ per residence, which violates current policy.
  3. Horseshoe Lake has a much lower water acreage to lot’s ratio because it is long and narrow and bisected by Huxtable Point which has cabins on both sides. The result is that the lake gets congested easily with boat traffic.

Horseshoe Lake: 888 acres/248 lots is 3.58Lake area per lot.

Mission Lakes: 1515 acres/213 lots is 7.11 lake area per lot (Twice Horseshoe Lake’s lake area per lot)

Lake Edward: 2575 acres/280 lots is 9.20 lake area per lot (2.5 times Horseshoe Lake’s lake area per lot)

North Long Lake: 5988 acres/571 lots is 10.79 lake area per lot (3.0 times Horseshoe Lake’s lake area per lot)

Therefore, adding 14 additional users would only exacerbate the congestion problem. The developers are using lake access strictly to make a money grab at potential cost of Horseshoe Lake and its residents.

  • Safety – The safety of our adult and child boaters, skiers, tubers, paddle boarders, fisherman, etc. would be significantly compromised with the added Cluster Development. As mentioned above, Horseshoe Lake cannot handle that many more boats and keep safety a priority.
  • Shoreline erosion – the small size and shape of Horseshoe Lake is conducive to shoreline erosion with high boat traffic.
  • AIS Contamination – The weekend traffic on Horseshoe Lake is currently overcrowded. There is one public landing on Horseshoe Lake, which HLPOA spends thousands of dollars each year to double the AIS monitoring.  As a result, Horseshoe Lake is free of AIS including Zebra Mussels, and this effort would be significantly compromised with the added boat traffic due to the proposed development.  With more traffic at the landing, people will go earlier or later when the monitors are not there or worse, yet they will bypass the landing inspectors completely by launching at the Hideaway Bay location.  Again, Horseshoe Lake is clear of AIS and the HLPOA and its members are trying to keep it AIS free.
  1. Significant amounts of forest will be destroyed in the development for storage facilities as well as the 14 homes. The contractor indicated his intention to “clear enough trees so the first layer of homes (257’ from the highwater mark) will have a view of the lake”.
  2. If Hideaway Bay development is allowed, it will set a precedent; and other landowners could do similar developments and the lake will be severely compromised.

We strongly encourage the rejection of the Hideaway Bay development.

Robert P Saunders
President HLPOA

Dear HLPOA Members;

We discussed the “Hideaway Bay development” (proposal number 2) at our board meeting today and we passed the attached resolution. We also had Bill Brekken Crow Wing County Commissioner and Bob Steele and Jon Auge Mission Township Supervisors in attendance. All three support our position but explained it will be an uphill battle. We therefore need your help by sending an Email or letter:

                        Crow Wing Land Services

                        322 Laurel St  Suite  15

                    landservices@crowwing.us

                        Brainerd MN 56401

In your email or letter as a minimum indicate that you support the Resolution passed by the board; but even better is to put in your own words why you believe the development is not in the best interest of Horseshoe Lake and Crow Wing County.  Your comments will go to the Zoning and Planning board. They will have an impact. You need to get the letter or email to the Land Services Office by the 8th of July to be included in the packet going to the board.

Thank you for your support!

Rob Saunders

President

HLPOA

Show your support for HLPOA by displaying our  HLPOA signs.

Each sign is cost $20, with the cost covering the sign and remainder going to the Lake Protection Fund. If interested please email Pam Heller at pamheller24@gmail.com.

HLPOA DUES

The HLPOA is looking to update its membership addresses for the newsletter mailings and the membership information mailings. Membership information will ONLY be used internally. It will not be distributed, sold etc. To update your information, please send an email to: dave@horseshoelakemn.com or info@horseshoelakemn.com

 

 Ice Out History

  • 2021-April 1-3 Both basins
  • 2020–April 11 East Basin April 12 West Basin
  • 2019 April 21 East Basin April 22 West Basin
  • 2018-May 1 Both basins
  • 2017–April 2-East Basin/April 3-West Basin
  • 2016-March 29-East Basin/March 30-West Basin
  • 2015—April 6-West Basin /April 7-East Basin
  • 2014—April 27
  • 2013—May 11
  • 2012—March 22
  • 2011—April 19
  • 2010—April 1

Welcome to Horseshoe Lake, Merrifield MN

FYI-recap of zebra mussels in Horseshoe Lake
One of the county inspectors found a Zebra Mussel on a weed that was attached to a boat leaving the Horseshoe landing. The DNR inspected our lake and he found a Zebra Mussel on the east basin attached to a clam, (they did not find any near the landing) , found another just on the west side of the channel in about 5 feet of water and also on the west side of the west basin attached to a golf ball. DNR said they looked to be 3-5 years old! They also said they will be installing signs at the boat landing stating the lake has invasive species. They mentioned that it is difficult for Zebra Mussels to thrive in our lake because of the lack of substrate such as rocks. Pelican Lake’s infestation has stayed limited, thinks, for the same reason.. DNR is more than willing to answer questions we have, but he cannot do face to face meetings. We can contact him by phone, email or Zoom
Tim Plude
Cell phone 218-368-9205
timothy.plude@state.mn.us

Horseshoe Lake info

Horseshoe Lake (formerly Sandbar) is an 888 acre lake located about 7 miles south of Crosslake, in Crow Wing County. It is bordered by Highway 3 and Pelican Lake to the west. East Horseshoe Lake Road borders the east, Mission Park Drive to the south, North Horseshoe Lake Road enters from the west (dead-ends) and Pine Cone Lane (also dead-ends) enters from the east to border the north end of the lake. Huxtable Point nearly divides the lakes in two. It has one public access located on the southeast side near Mission Park. The maximum depth is – approximately 55 feet, with about 59% of the lake averaging 15 feet deep. A majority of the home and cabin owners are members of the Horseshoe Lake Property Owner’s Association (HLPOA).