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2017
 
  MAY 28 - MINUTES OF THE MAY 27th LMPOA MEETING NOW POSTED -
You can see them at the Meetings/Minutes page.

  LAKE FINALLY WARMING?  The lake is still colder than normal for this time of year, but finally cracked above 60 again.  Keep going.  BUT, please stop raining; the lake is well over the OHWM (ordinary high water mark) as it is!

  MAY 27 - GREAT PLCA MEETING! -
Thanks to everyone who made it to today's spring Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Association meeting.  Another record turnout, and another great speaker, as Professor Paul Ehlers talked to us about the formation and hydrology of the Lake Mildred & Clear Lakes and how they were formed by the glaciers.  Full minutes of the meeting will be forthcoming.

  MAY 25 -KAYAKS WANTED TO BUY -
Lee Curtes will be a new owner on Lake Mildred as of June 22, and is looking to buy a couple used kayaks for the grandkids.  If anyone on the lake is interested in selling their kayak, you can call Lee at 262-623-5349.
 
  MEMORIAL WEEKEND KICKOFF IS CLOSE -
We think of Memorial Day Weekend as the kickoff to the summer season.  So do a lot of people, and from the heavy traffic on the highways today - a THURSDAY- it appears that everyone decided to "beat the Friday rush" at the same time!

  MAY 21 - YET ANOTHER DOCK FLOATER!
  The high water and winds have 'freed' yet another piece of shoreline gear; Richard Nelson writes: "a section of dock decking with a yellow "pool noodle" bumper has arrived at our place for a visit.  I'll see if I can drag it out of the water so the owner can locate and retrieve it."  Photo at left.

  MAY 20 - HIGH WATER REMINDERS -
Yesterday a pontoon boat broke free of its moorings in the high water & winds.  Plus many docks & rafts & other shoreline items have floated away onto the lake, joining the many logs and debris.  So please boat carefully AND re-check your shorelines to be sure everything is secure.
  HIGH WATER AND BOAT WAKES = SHORELINE DAMAGE - Another thing to be careful of when power boating, is that the wake caused by your boat is much higher than normal at middle speeds.  These high boat wakes can cause much damage to the lake's natural shoreline now that the water is high.  Lakes did not 'evolve' with any natural 'defenses' to boat wakes, which did not exist until recent decades.
  HAIL DAMAGE - It has been reported that the big hail storm that occurred a couple weeks ago has severly damaged some Lake Mildred roofs - much to the owners surprise.  Be sure to inspect your roof carefully for hail damage, and notify your insurance company if you have any damage or questions.

  MAY 18 - BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE ARK SOON - THEY'RE GOING FAST!  -
The rain just won't stop; another 1.6" yesterday, and nearly 4" of rain in just a few days.  Lake Mildred and Clear Lake are above the ordinary high water marks, and in fact are higher than anyone (that we've talked to) has ever seen.

  MAY 16 - LMPOA MEETING & EVENT SCHEDULE
- Be sure to calendar the upcoming LMPOA meetings and events, which can be found at the Lake Association Meetings/Minutes page.  Next up is the regular LMPOA Spring Kickoff meeting on Saturday May 27 at 9 am, at the Newbold Town Hall.  Special Speaker is Paul Ehlers, instructor of Geography & Geology at Nicolet College.

  MAY 10 - MORE DOCK PARTS FLOATED AWAY FROM 'HOME'
- Jim Harter writes to report that "There were 2 pieces of dock washed up on shore between us and Jonesi's house last week. Clearly custom made out of 1x5 boards. One piece is approx. 3'x4', the other approx. 2'x4'. They are standing up against the fence between our houses. My best guess is they came from the direction of the narrows as the wind was blowing strong that day out of the southwest."

  MAY 9 - BOAT LIFT WANTED -
Let's 'Keep it Local", if we can!  One of our Lake Mildred folks is looking to buy a used boat lift, preferably from another Lake Mildred owner.  If you have a boat lift that you'd like to sell, please contact Mick Howen at mjhowen@hotmail.com or call/text: 608-228-0822.

  MAY 4 - NOW AVAILABLE!  SPRING NEWSLETTER and 2017 DUES STATEMENT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
- You can now see the latest newsletter and/or print a copy of the 2017 LMPOA Dues Statement, by visiting the "Lake Association Newsletters & Dues" section. 
  NEW SIGN AT BOAT LANDING - In response to concerns about the danger involved with people try to use the boat landing like a swimming beach, the LMPOA Board has installed a sign at the boat landing, informing everyone that they should stay clear of the area when boats are using the landing for its intended purpose.  A photo of the sign appears at left.

  APRIL 30 - A COLD COLD WEEK -
Winter just doesn't want to let go, and the lake remains cold, not having warmed at all this week.

  APRIL 21 - LAKE WARMS TO 50 DEGREES -
Another milestone in the progress of the seasons, today the lake reached 50 degrees.  Appropriately, this measurement was made on this sunny afternoon as two eagles corkscrewed over the lake, riding the strong North wind, and a sole loon yodeled, warning everyone of the danger in the sky.

  APRIL 18 - ANOTHER FLOATER  ON CLEAR LAKE -
The high water and high winds have set loose yet another one!  J & K Ducky report yet another "floater", saying: "Someone's missing pier from Clear Lake is stranded on the south end by the channel going into Mildred".  A photo of this pier is at left.

  APRIL 17 - MUSKY MATING  -
In many years fishing, I've never witnessed the musky mating ritual - until today.  A pair of musky, one about 4 feet long and the other about 3 feet, swam slowly along side each other in 1-2' of water, with the smaller musky often sidling up to and appearing to 'rub' the larger fish; presumably encouraging her to lay her eggs.  We must do a little research on the subject.  The water temp is now 46 degrees.
  WATERCRAFT LOST IN HIGH WINDS -
Several boats and dock portions -as well as logs and such- have been seen floating around in places they should not be.  Also, we've been told that someone's canoe had drifted around on Clear Lake.   A combination of the rising lake level and the high winds seems to be the culprit.
  GEESE VISIT BOO - AGAIN - Just like last year, as a pair of geese swam by the Ebben place, when the geese spotted the Ebben's white cat Boo near shore, the geese swam over to 'talk', or so it appeared.  The really funny thing about this is that the same thing happened at the same time last year.  Because the cat and the geese sit quite close to each other for maybe 10 minutes, one has to wonder what they talk about!

  APRIL 12 - LAKE LEVELS KEEP RISING!
  Stan Strub of Clear Lake has been keeping water levels for years, and Stan reports "I have water level recording at plus 6 1/8" above pre ice (10/21/16) recordings, and plus 50 1/8" Pre ice Fall 2013. That's before this stuff melts. My records show highest levels since we've been here May, 1992."  Wow - we think that qualifies as a "Most Interesting Statistic":  Clear Lake (& Lake Mildred) have RISEN 50 1/8 INCHES since Fall 2013!  And to boot, these are the highest water levels in about 25 years - quite possibly more.
Stan also sends along this neat photo of from Clear Lake after the most recent snow storm.

  APRIL 8 - THE ICE IS OUT!  THE LOONS ARE BACK!
  Let's call today as the 'official' ice-out day, because the lake is now about 95% ice free.  Also today, our voiceless loon suddenly got its voice back, and was joined by its partner; altho we have not viewed the loon's leg bands and therefore cannot be certain these are "our Lake Mildred" loons, we're fairly certain they are, because the pair was noticed 'hanging around' Crane Island, their preferred nesting spot.  And as a mature bald eagle flew out of a nearby tree and swooped over the loon pair, the loons let out a yodel, the eagle kept going, and all is back normal!
  ICE-OUT LAKE LEVEL ABOVE ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK - Although we don't have the exact numbers yet, Lake Mildred and Clear Lake rose over the winter approximately 5 inches above the level at last year's ice-up, and above the 'Ordinary High Water Mark'.  For those of you who left your docks in over the winter, you are probably going to want raise your dock again, like last year.

  APRIL 7 - LOON SIGHTING!
At last one loon is back on Lake Mildred today, first sighted this afternoon on the mid-section of the lake just west of Donut Island.  Quite unusual in that this loon was quiet - as though the loon still was without its voice, as if it were still in Florida.  As you may know, many of our local loons winter in Florida waters, and during that time are plain brown and quiet - quite unremarkable.  We haven't seen it's leg band yet, so don't know if it is "our" loon, or simply passing through.  Either way, it is very good to see a loon back on our lake, in beautiful black and white, even if the loon is still 'without voice'.  The western end of the leg is mostly ice-free, but the main lake is still mostly covered with ice....for only a little longer.

  APRIL 1 - LAKE MILDRED HOME JUST LISTED FOR SALE!  -
A Lake Mildred home was just listed for sale, and it's really worth checking out.  You can see the details at the "Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Real Estate For Sale" page, or simply click this link.  Check out that awesome sandy beach!
  AND OH MY GOODNESS it is SO good to see the calendar turn to April, because that means the entire open water & warmer weather season is stretching out in front of us!  Our personal favorite season.

  MARCH 28 - ICE CONDITIONS ARE HAZARDOUS - USE EXTREME CAUTION!!
  We nearly lost one of our neighbors (different lake) who broke through the ice on a small lake over shallow water, and then found he could barely escape the water because soft bottom made it difficult to maneuver.  PLEASE DON'T RISK IT! 
  LAKE MILDRED RISES SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WINTER - 
The ice is still on the lake so we can't give you exact numbers yet, but it appears that once again, Lake Mildred rose significantly over the winter.  And for further suspense, we wonder what will the (sometimes significant) spring rains bring us?

  MARCH 10 - LAKE MILDRED HAS RISEN THIS WINTER -
If the lake ice is any indication of what the water level will be when the ice finally melts, Lake Mildred could very well be ABOVE the ordinary high water mark this spring.  And that is before the spring rains even fall!  Get ready to raise those docks YET AGAIN.

FEBRUARY 14 - WISCONSIN DNR CONTINUES ANTI-SCIENCE AND ANTI-ENVIRONMENT CRUSADE - If like so many people, you used to enjoy the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine - sorry to say that the magazine is being discontinued.  It's hard to believe that the once-esteemed Wisconsin DNR is collapsing this badly, but more and more people are seeing the current state government as both anti-science and anti-environment.  Our Northwood's lakes are fragile, but some see the current situation as "Money is All That Matters".  To see what we mean, check out this ARTICLE IN WISCNEWS.COM. 

  FEBRUARY 6 - LMPOA PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS PENS LETTER TO WISCONSIN LEGISLATORS & GOV. WALKER RE LOCAL CONTROL -
Each lake is different and has different needs & issues, which cannot be addressed as a "one-size fits all" statewide approach, a point which LMPOA President Paul Evans makes in his letter to Wisconsin Legislators and Gov. Walker.  "
Why do we want to jeopardize Wisconsin's most important resource?", Paul asks state lawmakers.   Paul's entire letter can be seen here in the 'Lake Association President's Corner'.

  JANUARY 27 - IS THE LAKE LEVEL RISING THIS WINTER?
  The recent thaw brought on by unusually warm temperatures, created a lot of slush on the lakes, and......it appears that the lake level may have continued to rise this winter!  In fact, the lake appears to now be about an inch over the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM), which would mean that the lake has risen another 3 inches since ice-up.  Now this all VERY preliminary and subject to change (like the weather itself!) but we thought you might like to know.

  JANUARY 19 2017 - JANUARY THAW?!  -
We've seen plenty of February thaws, but can't remember the last time we've had a thaw like this in January.  The high temps have been nearly 40 degrees for the last couple days, and this weather is forecast to continue another 5 days.  Gotta wonder if the big Eagle River Snowmobile Derby is worried; the derby is this weekend, and rain is forecast for Saturday & Sunday.   This week has traditionally been the coldest time of the year and a certainty to be below freezing, often below zero.  But not this weekend!  Interestingly, if you look at the "Ice-Up Ice-Out" page, you can see a definite warming trend in the last 40 years.   

  JANUARY 16 - CRAPPIE TIME - Somebody's having fun!  Mark Jacobs caught this crappie on Clear Lake on January 16, and from the smile on his face, we're guessing he was enjoying the catch.  Jan and Mark report that the ice was 13.5" thick on Clear Lake that day.  (photo by Jan Jacobs)

                                             
2016

  DECEMBER 30 - THEFT ALERT! - A property owner on the South side of the lake (who will remain unnamed) reports that someone stole their snow shovels from their front door recently.  As this unfortunate owner says, "it's not a big deal since it is only shovels" THIS time, but she says, other folks might want to be careful leaving more valuable things outside, lest the thief strike again.  Heads Up everyone!

  DECEMBER 15 - WINTER HITS HARD -
The last few days have seen Arctic air and the North wind blowin' hard.  Low temps below zero, high temps in the single digits above zero, and wind chills as cold as minus 25 degrees.  The only good thing about that extreme cold is that it will help freeze the ice.  It is unfortuate that we received about 3 inches of snow on top of the newly-iced lake ice that was only about 1 inch thick.....that snow "insulated" the ice and weighed down the ice, causing cracks and some lake water to seep through to the top of the ice....all of which can lead to very hazardous ice conditions until we get a good freeze, such as is occurring right now.  HOWEVER a big winter storm is forecast in the next couple days, with the potential for 6-9 inches of snow; if that happens, the ice conditions could get extremely dangerous for man and beast both.

  DECEMBER 10 - ICE-UP!
Last night the wind died down and the lake froze over 98%.   Today continued single digit cold and completed the freeze over.  Now let's hope the ice freezes solid and safe before a big snow comes and insulates it.

 DECEMBER 2 2016 - NEW MESSAGE FROM ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS NOW AVAILABLE IN 'LAKE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT'S CORNER' -
Paul discusses some of the important lake association events of 2016 and the upcoming ideas for 2017, fishing, new board members and more.  Check it out.

  DECEMBER 2 - NEW MESSAGE FROM ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS NOW AVAILABLE IN 'LAKE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT'S CORNER' -
Paul discusses some of the important lake association events of 2016 and the upcoming ideas for 2017, fishing, new board members and more.  Check it out.
  LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE ARE STILL 'OPEN WATER' - NO ICE - And, the water levels remain very good.
  LAKE WATER LEVELS IN LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE REMAIN STABLE IN LATE FALL - and 'stable' is nice when it is 10" higher than we started the season at ice-out back in April.

  NOVEMBER 3 - IT'S NOVEMBER *ALREADY*? -
Sometimes time flies unbelievably fast.....And yet, it feels like this election season has dragged on forever....isn't it over yet?!
  NEW HOME FOR SALE ON LAKE MILDRED - You can see this great new home at the "Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Real Estate For Sale" page.

  OCTOBER 18 - LAKE LEVEL LEAPS HIGHER AFTER HUGE RAIN -
Yesterday we received 3.7 inches of rain in 24 hours, and in the day before that we received nearly .75 inches.  That's about 4.5" inches of rain in just two days!  And Lake Mildred & Clear Lake reacted accordingly, jumping up about 4 inches in just 2 days.  That puts the lakes up 10 inches just since ice-out!

  OCTOBER 16 - SUPERMOON 'HUNTER'S MOON' -
We now have a supermoon, which is simply a full moon that is closer than usual to earth.  And remember next month, because November's full moon will be another Supermoon, and even closer than this one.  In fact, November's supermoon will be closer than you'll see again until the year 2034.  The photo you see here was taken this morning at 6 am.

  OCTOBER 8 - BACK TO THE 50's
- the "50's" in water temperature, that is.  59 degrees, to be exact.  It is sunny and cool with beautiful fall colors today.  And tonight is forecast to hit the 32 degree freezing point, for the first time since spring.

  OCTOBER 4 - PEAK COLORS VERY CLOSE -
Whether you go by boat or by car, it's beautiful (almost) everywhere these days.  Enjoy!
  LAKES CONTINUE COOLING TREND - Lake Mildred has now dropped to 63 degrees, on the long slow slide down.  The fish have almost completely vacated the shallow waters since their shallow-water food supply has disappeared.  However, the loons must have found those fish; we're noticing that the loons have been doing their fishing almost exclusively in the deeper parts of the lake.

  SEPTEMBER 22 - MORE RAIN = HIGHER LAKE (again!) -
Lake Mildred received a little over an inch of rain yesterday, which raised the lake about the same amount - a new multi-year high.  Lake Mildred and Clear Lake now stand at nearly 8 inches higher just since ice-out.
  RED & WHITE PINES START SHEDDING NEEDLES IN EARNEST -
"Fall" is starting to live up to its name, with a few leaves starting to fall, and the red and white pine needles really starting to fall.

  SEPTEMBER 19 - A BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL WEEKEND -
Yesterday was sunny and peaceful on Lake Mildred, with the lake temperature creeping back up to 70.  As John Fixmer cruised the lake in his pontoon boat, he remarked that he had not seen any other boats.  The bluegills seem to have mostly left the shallows now, perhaps urged on to deeper water by the slowly falling lake temperature, which seems to have nearly stopped the hatching of insects and small water bugs - one of these lower links in the food chain that feeds the fish.

 SEPTEMBER 5 2016 - ANOTHER GREAT LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING - AND A REAL EYE-OPENER!
  It was fun to see everyone at the meeting, and the association also elected two new Directors to the Board: Stan Strub and Mick Howen.  Watch for the Minutes of that meeting to be published here soon.
  THE EYE-OPENER >   John Richter and Bill Scott from the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative (a group of many lake associations, towns & individuals) spoke at the meeting to give us an update about past and proposed legislation that threatens Wisconsin lakes.  And in this reporter's view, damage is being done to Wisconsin lakes and groundwater RIGHT NOW, with even more damage being threatened in the future as the current Wisconsin legislature is selling out Wisconsin's lakes and groundwater to the big-money interests, corporations, and big agriculture, with an "anything goes' philosophy, all the while ignoring you, me and our future generations.   IF you think this sounds 'too alarmist', then you NEED to learn the facts about what is really happening.  See wisconsinshoreland.org to learn the facts and how you can help save our lakes and waters.
  You can also read a very recent Milwaukee Journal article here.

  SEPTEMBER 16 - DOCK ADJUSTMENT SEEN HAPPENING 'AGAIN' - Keith and the crew from Shoeder's Sport Center were spotted again on Lake Mildred, repairing and adjusting the Ebben's dock upward to rise above the rising lake level.  Limnologists point out that it takes about 6 months for precipitation to work its way through the groundwater system, and because of this summer's heavy rains it is expected that Lake Mildred and Clear Lake could rise again during the winter - just like last year.   Dave Ebben explained that "we leave our dock in the lake over the winter, and didn't want it to be underwater next spring."

  SEPTEMBER 9 - LAKE LEVEL KEEPS RISING - NOW AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN YEARS -
Multiple inches of rain in the past week have pushed the level of Lake Mildred & Clear Lake to new highs for year - again - and the highest in quite a few years.  The lake is now up 7.1 inches just since ice-out!  And still more heavy rain is in the forecast!

  SEPTEMBER 5 - ANOTHER GREAT LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING - AND A REAL EYE-OPENER!
  It was fun to see everyone at the meeting, and the association also elected two new Directors to the Board: Stan Strub and Mick Howen.  Watch for the Minutes of that meeting to be published here soon.
  THE EYE-OPENER >   John Richter and Bill Scott from the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative (a group of many lake associations, towns & individuals) spoke at the meeting to give us an update about past and proposed legislation that threatens Wisconsin lakes.  And in this reporter's view, damage is being done to Wisconsin lakes and groundwater RIGHT NOW, with even more damage being threatened in the future as the current Wisconsin legislature is selling out Wisconsin's lakes and groundwater to the big-money interests, corporations, and big agriculture, with an "anything goes' philosophy, all the while ignoring you, me and our future generations.   IF you think this sounds 'too alarmist', then you NEED to learn the facts about what is really happening.  See wisconsinshoreland.org to learn the facts and how you can help save our lakes and waters.
  You can also read a very recent Milwaukee Journal article here.

  SEPTEMBER 5 - PEDAL BOAT FOR SALE -
SOLD!
SORRY - BUT THIS PEDAL BOAT HAS BEEN SOLD!
Association Member/Director Jen Labs
 has a pedal boat for sale.  Details:
Make: Leisure Life Limited 
Model: Water Wheeler
Length: 8 feet    Cost: $100

  SEPTEMBER 3 - COOL NIGHTS, COOLING LAKE -
Those "frigid" nights we've had the past couple days are taking down the lake temperature, a little.  See that steam rising from the lake early in the morning?  That's the lake's heat departing.  Come back, come back!
  DON'T FORGET THE LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4, AT THE TOWN HALL.  See your friends and neighbors, and a very interesting speaker!

  AUGUST 27 - LAKE LEVEL FALLS 1" THIS PAST WEEK -
After a basically dry week (for a change!) the level of Lakes Mildred and Clear have fallen 1".  And along with the dry weather, we've had some cooler weather with just a touch -a taste- of fall in the air.  The color of some leaves is changing, mushrooms are popping....and next weekend is Labor Day Weekend ALREADY.

  AUGUST 21 - LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKES KEEP RISING!
  After receiving nearly 3 inches of rain this past weekend, Lake Mildred and Clear Lake have risen 2 inches from just one week ago.  At this rate, many docks will need to be raised again....AND if you consider that it takes about 6 months for new precipitation to work it's way through the ground water system, it is highly likely that the lake will rise again over this coming winter....necessitating even more dock raising..Yikes!

  AUGUST 19 - BOAT LIFT FOR SALE -
Lee Koch of Blue Waters condominiums has a boat lift for sale; the price is $150, and you can call Lee at 715-212-1020.

  AUGUST 17 - SURE DO LIKE THE NEWLY PAVED CLEAR LAKE ROAD!
That newly blacktopped road sure is nice! 
  BUT THOSE ASPEN (POPPLE) LEAVES ARE STARTING TO TURN - and surely you've noticed how quickly it gets dark in the evening, and how late it gets light in the morning.  Changing seasons.

  AUGUST 14 - LAKE MILDRED RISES TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN YEARS! 
Those heavy rains a few days ago brought Lake Mildred 2 inches of rain - and it could easily have been more, as some localized areas received nearly 4 inches of rain from that storm system.  The lake level is higher than it has been in years, with many docks at-or-near the point that they need to be raised yet again.  Perhaps we should collectively say "Enough Rain!" but we doubt that we can change the weather.

  AUGUST 1 - INNER TUBING! 
  The warm water temperature on Lake Mildred these days makes time on the water SO enjoyable.  Here, Emily and Lauren Ebben try their hand at Inner Tubing for the first time.  One look at those smiles tells you that they are having LOTS of FUN!  (photo by Nick Ebben) (PHOTOS ARE IN "2016 PHOTOS")

AUGUST 1 - SAVE OUR LAKES! (from the Wisconsin Legislature?!)
OK maybe this headline overstates the matter just a little, but we feel it is important that everyone be aware of the legislation that is coming out of Madison that sometimes has an almost-reckless disregard for the future of our precious lakes.
   John Richter of the Plum Lake Association - and also a spear-head of the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative- writes to us with TWO IMPORTANT LETTERS TO EVERYONE.  One part asks LMPOA to consider another contribution to this worthwhile organization, and the other letter points out WHY we should be concerned, as well as WHY our lakes should not be a 'political football'.  LMPOA plans to make a contribution to WSI, and encourages any of you who can, to also contribute. 

  JULY 24 - LAKE MILDRED SETS NEW HIGH TEMP (82 DEGREES!) FOR THE YEAR -
The swimming just keeps getting more and more comfy in the warming lake...especially after this past week's hot & humid weather.   We won't call it exactly a "rare" event, but the lake definitely doesn't get this warm 'every year'.  So enjoy it!

  JULY 17 - STARTING TO SEE A LOT
OF THESE SIGNS AROUND THE LAKE -
Everyone who joins LMPOA receives
one of these blue signs and the bolts
to mount it on the fire number pole. 
  Joining LMPOA is a great way to help
protect and preserve Lakes Mildred
and Clear for future generations.

  JULY 8 - THE BIG 8-0   >>>  LAKE WATER HITS 80 DEGREES -
No more excuses - the water is now VERY comfortable for swimming!

"SAILBOAT & TROLLING MOTOR FOR SALE" -
12 foot Super Snark sailboat with new sail for sale.  Super fun little sailboat which can hold two adults.  Asking $75.  Located on Clear Lake.  ALSO a Minn Kota endura transom mount trolling motor.  50 lb. thrust.  Uses a 12 volt battery.  Asking $150.  Contact Gloria at 715-360-5474 or email sonofgust@gmail.com

  "LOST & FOUND"
Found along the road near lake mildred over
the 4th of July weekend, a blue and black "Kavu" hat.
Please call Paul at 715-282-7358 oR 608-234-8663

  JULY 4 - HAPPY 4th OF JULY!  YESTERDAY'S BOAT PARADE FLOTILLA
was a smashing success, setting another new record-long of 28 boats.  And talk about beautiful weather!   Hopefuly we will have a variety of photos to share in the coming days, as photos trickle in from participants.  If you have a nice photo (of the flotilla or anything else) please email it to us so we can publish it here.
  RESIDENT LOONS STILL NESTING - The Loon chick(s) should hatch almost any day, so keep your fingers crossed.
  DRONE ALERT!  Did you see the drone flying over the flotilla and Lake Mildred at times during the flotilla.  Really fast and high, and really cool; we wonder if it got nice aerial video of the flotilla???  (hint hint!)

  JULY 2 - WHAT A GREAT 4th-OF-JULY WEEKEND
this is shaping up to be! 

  JUNE 26 - ANOTHER BIG RAIN RAISES LAKE MILDRED FURTHER! 
We recorded 1.85" of rain last night, which raised Lake Mildred's water level nearly the same amount.   The downside of that rising water is that many docks are near the point of needing to be raised for the second time this year.  

  JUNE 24  - CONDO FOR SALE IN BLUE WATERS CONDOS -
Just listed, and details can be seen on the "Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Real Estate for Sale" page.

  JUNE 20 - CITIZENS LAKE WATER QUALITY MONITORING RESULTS -
On June 19, Dave & Sandy Ebben performed the first of 3 series of tests of Lake Mildred water quality to be performed this summer.  The secchi disc test (lake clarity) measured at 23 feet of clarity!  While not a record for Lake Mildred, it certainly shows that Lake Mildred has excellent water clarity.  Here is a link to the actual DNR website that maintains this data, as well as other parts of the test, such as the temperature of the lake at various depths from surface to the bottom.  https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/swims/public/reporting.do?type=10&action=post&stationNo=443195&year1=2016&format=htmlTake note of the sharp thermocline between 15 and 20 feet deep.

  JUNE 18 - VERIFIED - CLEAR LAKE IS ALSO UP NEARLY 3 INCHES
- Stan Strub let us know that Clear Lake has risen just like Lake Mildred - nearly 3 inches from the recent rains. 
 
  LAKE WARMING FAST - The 82 degree humid weather has made this a busy weekend on the lake - which is warming fast.  75 degrees and quite comfy for swimming today.

  BE CAREFUL OF THE LOONS! - Apparently the loons, wildlife and environment are of little concern to some folks, but others wish we would be more careful.  Loon Ranger Karen Smout wants to remind all of us that the loons are now nesting, with 2 eggs in the nest; it is up to all of us, fishermen, kayakers, pleasure boaters - EVERYONE to be careful and mindful of the natural world we all love.

  BOATING & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ('JET-SKI') VIOLATIONS GALORE!   This afternoon and evening saw a potpourri of violations (just like last weekend) especially by personal watercraft, prompting inquiries about which authorities to actually contact.  Here they are, as noted on our "Contacts" page; and remember, there is strength in numbers, so the more parties who call, the faster that violators can be dealt with by the authorities.

> Warden Jim Jung: fishing and boating concerns. (715) 365-8950
 1800TIPWDNR (18008479367) is a 24 hour hotline for DNR violations in progress

> Oneida Sheriff Recreational Deputies: Deputy Jim Adams or Brad Fogerty for Boat, ATV, Snowmobile Patrol (715) 361-5201 general dispatch of Sheriff Department
 
  JUNE 15 -
NEARLY 3" OF RAIN IN 3 HOURS RAISES LAKE 3 INCHES! - UP UNTIL this morning, both the lake water temperature and water level had hardly changed in 2 weeks, except for short-lived fluctuations.   That status quo suddenly changed in a big way this afternoon, when from 3 pm to 6 pm we received nearly 3 inches of rain, which in turn raised the lake nearly 3 inches just this afternoon!  At this rate, it may not be long before many of us must adjust our docks higher - again!   Meanwhile, the forest around here has gotten so lush and thick, it's hard to see far thru the woods!

  Kathy Gall sent a picture of "Mildred Lake" that they received as a Christmas present.  It is a 3 dimensional cutout of the lake, and thought that others may be interested in buying it as well.
Here is the website where Andy and Anne ordered it.   http://www.lake-art.com/

  JUNE 5 - SHORELAND ZONING CHANGES -
LMPOA President Paul Evans passes along links to some important YouTube video presentations by the University Extension, explaining that the Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations:
1.       Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h7NYG4pKI8
2.       Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards https://youtu.be/GKxMORINInw
3.       Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline https://youtu.be/1otUl3HsmUs
  OR SEE THE Whole video (all three parts combined; 30 minutes) https://youtu.be/enus9Ceub2g

  BIG BIRD! 
Richard & Susan Nelson tell us: "This Barred Owl has been a frequent visitor this spring, but tougher to see now that the leaves are more fully out."   (photo by Richard & Susan Nelson)

  MAY 31 - IF YOU WERE A MOSQUITO ON LAKE MILDRED, you'd probably be very depressed today, because there is a HUGE HATCH of dragonflies happening today.  Huge Hatch.  But if you happen to be a hominid, you might appreciate that these dragonflies will not only eat a ton of mosquitos, but are a gorgeous green and gold color (that could indicate their football affiliation.)   Besides clouds of dragonflies, there are also clouds of green pine pollen, turning everything green.  Guess we can tie this all to the 70 degree surface water temp that the lake just hit.


  MAY 28 - GREAT LAKE ASSOCIATION MEETING TODAY!
   We'll have the minutes of today's meeting posted as soon as they are ready.  And of note was our speaker Mark Naiot of Wild Instincts wild animal rehabilitation, who had a terrific presentation as well as a live Red Tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl.

MAY 8 - A GREETING TO EVERYONE FROM JENNIFER & JACKSON LABS -
Hello. We are Jasmine and Jackson Labs. We will be serving as Lake Mildred's Clean Boat Clean Water (CBCW) boat inspectors. Our job is to help keep Lake Mildred as clean as possible and to prevent invasive plants and critters from calling Lake Mildred their home. We do this by spending time at the boat landing from May to October. During this time, we perform boat and trailer checks, give out informational brochures, and educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Come on down and say hello - we would love
to meet you.

  MAY 2 - THE 2016 LMPOA CALENDAR OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS IS NOW POSTED - You can see it at the "LMPOA Meetings/Minutes" page by clicking on that link at the left, or right here. 
  ANNUAL SPRING NEWS LETTER NOW AVAILABLE - many of you should have received the paper version in your 'snail mail'.

   THE 2016 LMPOA SPRING NEWSLETTER is available in PDF format with a click and can also be printed.

 AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS THE 2016 LMPOA MEMBERSHIP DUES STATEMENT
- to help your organization keep up the important work for Lake Mildred and for YOU - thank you.
    2016 LMPOA MEMBERSHIP DUES STATEMENT
> Click to open dues statement in Printable PDF format <
(or that link can also be found at the LMPOA News page.

  APRIL 27 - THE LEAVES ARE COMING -
It's a small thing, I suppose,  but in some ways it's a big thing, for what it represents.  Today the Red Maple and Aspen (Popple) buds really started to burst, with the red buds of the maples and the green buds of the aspen just beginning to open today, adding (a little) color to the woods.

  APRIL 26 - A FEW COLD WET DARK DAYS, AND NOW - LIGHT!
  So the sun just came out this aft, after several wet days that netted us about 2" of rain.  The lake had fallen 3/4" in the dry week prior, so after 2 new inches of rain, now we are up 1.25" since ice-out.  Another way to state this is that we started the 'open-water-year' at 12" below OHWM (the "Ordinary High Water Mark"), and since then have gained 1.25", so that leaves us now at 10.75" below OHWM.  (From now on, we would refer to this level as -10.75".) 

  APRIL 25 - IMPORTANT MESSAGES from LMPOA Pres. Paul Evans
CLICK HERE to see Important Messages from Paul about
a) What is Happening in the State Legislature That Will Impact Lake Mildred & Clear Lake?
b) The need for someone from Clear Lake to serve on the LMPOA board.

  APRIL 17 - BEAUTIFUL WARM WEEKEND AND OPEN WATER -
It's great to see open water again, and not a speck of snow in sight.  Plus more visitors, like some bufflehead and mallard ducks, sandhill cranes, and more.  Plus sunshine, warming the water quickly, to 50 degrees today.  

  APRIL 15 - ICE-OUT!
Lake Mildred and Clear Lake are (as of 1:40 pm) 90% ice free, and that percentage is increasing by the minute, ever since the wind kicked up a few hours ago.  The ice that remains on the big bowl is mostly dark and very poor and will likely be gone entirely sometime tonight.  The crystal ball says that given the warm forecast and sunny weather, it should be a beautiful ICE-FREE weekend.  A pair of loons is swimming all around the open water, and altho we've not yet been able to see the leg bands, we suspect that those are "our" loons - welcome back to your summer home!  And there is an "intruder" - a 3rd loon whom the pair have been confronting and chasing a little.  And just now, a pair of geese are swimming around Bearpaw Island.  The lake is coming alive!

  APRIL 13 - THE LAKE LEVELS ARE RISING NICELY
- Stan Strub from Clear Lake reports that Clear Lake is up 7" from 11/1/15 to 4/10/16.  This jibes very closely with the rise in Lake Mildred, which appears to be up about 6" in the same time period.  Since the Lake Mildred Ice-up last year on December 20, the lake has risen 4.25" thus far...but these are preliminary readings only, because Mildred is still 90% iced over.

  APRIL 12 - THE LOONS ARE BACK ON LAKE MILDRED!
  We're not yet sure that these are "our" Lake Mildred loons, but there were 2 of them on a patch of open water 1/4 mile east of Bearpaw Island.  Those loon yodels are so sweet to hear! The lake is still 95% ice yet, but warm weather is promised very soon.  Also there were EAGLES on the point across from Donut Island, and GOLDENEYE & WOOD DUCKS on the water near Bearpaw Island.  Spring is coming!

  APRIL 2 - LAKE MILDRED WATER LEVEL RISES OVER-WINTER,
several inches by rough estimating.  We'll be able to measure it exactly when the ice (finally!) goes out.  This change of seasons can be SO maddening when you're waiting (& waiting) for open water.

  MARCH 24 - THAT NEW VERIZON CELL-TOWER ON SHEEP RANCH ROAD
does appear to be operating, because we are finding excellent Verizon cell coverage around Lake Mildred now.  Hip-hip Hooray!
  BEARS & RACOONS ARE OUT AND HUNGRY
- Luckily this feeder was found 'only' by racoons, not bear, which would have caused much more damage. (Sandy Ebben photo)

  WINTER SNOW ARRIVES AGAIN last night and today, but we'll just ignore that.  It won't last, right?!

  MARCH 19 - ICE-OUT & ICE-UP DATES EVIDENCE CLIMATE CHANGE?
  We've been tracking the date of the 'lake ice-out' (& ice-up) since 1977.  From 1977-2000 the ice NEVER went out until at least April (typically mid-to-late April).  BUT Since 2000 the ice has gone out in March 5 times!  And, could this year be the 6th?  We may have our own 'evidence' of Climate change.
  BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ICE-UP DATES?  Well, the dates on which ice-UPs have occurred ALSO seem to imply climate change, occurring later in the recent decades.  Ice-ups used to occur mainly in November, but now they are often in December.
  As always, we keep the data here at "Ice-Up & Ice-Out Dates"

  MARCH 18 - BACK TO WINTER -
Well that warm spell didn't last long enough to set a new record early ice-out

  MARCH 11 - CONTINUED 'UNSEASONABLY WARM' -
54 degrees and sunny today - beautiful!  Hardly any snow left, and melted water all over the lake ice.  It's easy to believe we could set yet another record-breaking early ice-out, at this rate! (Sandy Ebben photo)


  MARCH 8 - WARM WEATHER....WHERE ARE WE?
  Hard to believe the "season" could change so fast.  Love this 50 degree day - and a whole week of warm temps and melting snow!

  MARCH 2 - STILL IN A WINTER SLUMBER, but....
Seeing that it is now March reminds us that Spring is not far away.

  JANUARY 30 - WARM, THEN COLD, THEN WARM AGAIN -
Thankfully 'Old Man Winter' is giving us an occasional break from the bitter cold weather.  Today's forecast is for temps to actually break into the upper 30s for a few hours - we haven't seen that in quite awhile.  Meanwhile the cold temps have thickened the ice somewhat, so we now see the occasional snowmobile on Lake Mildred.  The snow seems to come only an inch or 2 at a time, so while the snow isn't too deep, there is enough for skiing and snowmobiling.
  IS LAKE MILDRED RISING DURING THE WINTER?  This is premature to say, and certainly not 'scientific', but judging simply by the level of the  lake ice compared to our pier (which we left in the lake for the winter), it appears that the lake has risen a few inches.  Hard to say for certain, though, until the ice goes off the lake this spring.

  JANUARY 21 - "WARM" IS A RELATIVE TERM,
but today's 20 degree mid-day temp feels downright warm compared to the arctic air that nailed us this past week.  But even that bitter cold has not made the lake ice 'safe' (there's another relative term) enough for most folks to venture out upon.  Normally by this time of year, there would be plenty of ice and plenty of snowmobile activity on the lake; but not this year.  At this time we have seen only ONE -just one- snowmobile venture down the narrow central part of the lake, leaving obvious wet slush marks in the snowmobile's path.  That was a week ago, and no further snowmobiles (or machines of ANY kind) have been seen on the lake.  The periods of wet heavy snow that we received while the lake ice was still quite thin has led to many slushy spots on the lake along with questionable ice quality.
  BTW - THAT NEW VERIZON CELL TOWER built on Sheep Ranch Road has apparently not yet been put into service, altho workers have been seen at the tower, so we hope it that tower will be powered up soon.

  JANUARY 10 - BITTER COLD -
Our weather has now changed from unseasonably warm to bitter cold.  Barely got above 0 degrees today, and with a strong NW wind, the wind chills are as much as -25 degrees.  But we can still see what appear to be wet spots on the lake.

  JANUARY 1, 2016 - IN MEMORIAM -
It is with heavy hearts that we recognize the passing of our dear friend and Lake Mildred neighbor, Russ Johnson.  Russ will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  You may find Russ' obituary HERE.

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  DECEMBER 25 - ICE-UP #2! Or, you might call it #3, or #4.....Yet again, after the Dec. 20 ice-up, unseasonably warm weather and wind opened up some rather large areas of previously frozen lake.  This is -by far- the latest ice-up we've ever seen.  Climatologists blame this strange weather on a strong phase in the Arctic Oscillation coupled with a very strong El-Nino exacerbated by climate change.  Hopefully the 200-country 'Paris agreement' on climate change can begin to help the trend.

  DECEMBER 20 - ICE-UP? -
This is the latest ice-up we've recorded in the past 38 years that we've been watching.  And as the lower photo shows, the ice (about 1/2" thick) is literally "as clear as glass", easily showing the oak leaves laying on the sandy lake bottom. (Dave Ebben photos)

  DECEMBER 19 - SUPER-COOLED LAKE WATER!
We can't recall ever seeing this before, but after 3 windy and cold days (right now the air temp is 7 degrees with a strong NW wind) the lake is still mostly open water SUPER-COOLED!  ("Super-cooled" water means water below 32 degrees but still in liquid state)   We just checked the lake temperature at 12" below the surface it measures at 31 degrees!  Presumably, if the wind stopped churning the surface of the lake, for even just a minute, the lake would immediately freeze over.  Definitely not something you see every day!

  DECEMBER 15 - ICE-FREE AGAIN AND RISING LAKE LEVEL -
Unseasonably warm temps have prevented the main lake from freezing over to date, and yesterday the ice went off the rest of the lake as well - so again we have completely open water on Lake Mildred - in mid-December!  However, nobody is swimming.    ;-)    It's also nice to see that the fall rains have raised the lake to new highs for the year to date.  It's rather strange to be taking lake temperatures and water levels in mid-December, but we'll take it!

  DECEMBER 8 - ICE-OVER LIMBO -
As the weather has remained unseasonably warm this past week, only the narrower areas of the lake still have ice, while the main lake remains open water.  Some are enjoying this 'climate change'; the ice-fishermen are not!

  NOVEMBER 28 - LAKE MILDRED IS STARTING TO ICE OVER -
As you can see in the photo above, taken this morning at mid-lake, the lake has started freeze up, and although the main lake is still open, we suspect it won't be long until that, too, freezes over and the lake begins it's winter slumber - at the surface, that is.  Deep down in the lake is another story altogether.

  WATCHFUL EYE -
Nancy Wilson sent this photo of a juvenile eagle watching over Lake Mildred.  Looking at that sharp pointy beak, aren't you glad you're not a small critter? 

  NOVEMBER 2 - LAKE COOLS BUT RISES WITH RECENT RAINS

  OCTOBER 30 - GIANT MUSKY CAUGHT!
  A.J. Ryczek (grandson of Mary Fay, who has a place in a bay on Lake Mildred) writes: "I was up at the lake with a few buddies of mine a little more than a month ago to go fishing for a weekend. We were strictly fishing top water and
my friend Tom Paul was able to bring this bad boy in. I know there's more in the lake I've - seen more than 10 this year! The measurement was 47 inches 28 pounds!"

  OCTOBER 18 - WHAT A CHANGE....20 DEGREES THIS MORNING! 
A drastic change in weather in just one week.  Everything is falling, the air & water temperature, the lake level, the leaves, the pine needles, and my desire to sip a pina colada on the dock.....

  OCTOBER 11 - INNER TUBER IN OCTOBER, ON A BEAUTIFUL WARM DAY -
Now there's something you don't see every day -er, October- a brave soul riding an innertube behind a speedy pontoon boat, today!  The near-peak colors and unusually (nearly a record) warm October day (77 degrees!) made for a memorable day.

  OCTOBER 10 - PEAK FALL COLORS!  
Wow - the fall colors are blazing now.  The yellows and reds and all the shades in between are simply breathtaking, but none more so than those almost-neon red/orange colors of the red maples.

  OCTOBER 8 - COMMON MERGANSERS -  These 'fish-eating birds' have a diet similar to loons, but they hunt in highly organized packs and are suspected by some to be a big reason our bluegill population was thin for a few years.  (note: I personally wish they were less 'common' and more 'rare'!) They were recently seen sitting (er, pooping) on one of the swimrafts remaining in the lake. (Sandy Ebben photo)

  OCTOBER 6 - MIGRATIONS IN PROGRESS
- A huge flock of blackbirds - hundreds of them - was visiting various homes around Lake Mildred today, cleaning out the bird feeders quickly and making a helluva racket.  And geese have started to fly south in their "V's"  And yesterday there was a group of 3 loons swimming together, and making calls that I'd never heard before.  They didn't fight, so I wondered if they are simply starting to form the larger groups that migrate south, often to Florida?

  OCTOBER 4 - FALLING, FALLING, FALLING.......
Little rain and Canadian high pressure means slowing falling lake levels and temperatures.  The lake has fallen to levels not seen since late May.  And the water temps are headed downward as well.  No big deal, really, but hey, it's a slow news day.  >g<

  SEPTEMBER 30 - SERIOUS CHILLIN AND MORE FALL COLORS -
Last night was the first this season to drop below 30 degrees, and this morning you could almost see the cold fog taking the lake temperature downward.  But on the bright side, the fall colors are getting much better.

  SEPTEMBER 27 - GET READY FOR THE 'SUPER-MOON ECLIPSE! 
That eclipse should be very visible from Lake Mildred if the forecast holds true and the sky remains clear - starting about 8:07 PM for the partial eclipse, and 9:11 for the TOTAL ECLIPSE - and will last for quite awhile.  You can see the details with a nice graph at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_2015_lunar_eclipse  This moon is also known as a Blood Moon due to its red hue.
  LAKE LEVEL FALL BACK BELOW ICE-OUT LEVEL
- For the first time since May, the lake level has fallen back below the April lake level at ice-out.  Lack of adequate rainfall is the culprit.
  IT'S REALLY FALLING - Not the sky, but the leaves have started falling, and the pine needles and acorns are 'raining' hard - much to the delight of the critters who rely on those acorns to fatten up and store for the coming winter.  And not only the deer, foxes, turkeys, grouse and squirrels, but many others rely on those acorns.  And recently we're seeing even skunks digging in the yards - at night.

  SEPTEMBER 22 - CRITTERS ON THE MOVE -
There have certainly been a lot of DEER around the yards and roadsides, munching grass and acorns (and yard plants!), fattening up for the coming winter.   Suddenly the TURKEYS are on the move more than usual, also likely fattening up, eating acorns, bugs and who-knows-what.  And FOXES have been more visible, including the poor 3-legged fox that has been hobbling around Lake Mildred, trying to catch dinner.  Or lunch.  Or something, anything.

  SEPTEMBER - KIDS DON'T FLOAT! We have a couple photos to share here - Photo 1 - Lake Mildred's new "Kids Don't Float" free-to-borrow life jacket dispensary is in its second year and being put to good use!  Pictured are:  Carl Corey, Pete Muckelberg, Becky Corey, Connie Muckelberg, Jackson Labs, Jennifer Labs, Jasmine Labs, & Jeff Labs.  Photo 2 - Jackson Labs and Jasmine Labs who was our Clean Boats/Clean Landing Intern.  We started the season with nine jackets in the structure and ended the season with the nine. 

  SEPTEMBER 20 - YEP, THAT'S FALL IN THE AIR
(even the billionaires wouldn't deny THAT climate change!) - and the lake water is starting to cool off....that (and school) could explain the absence of water skiers.

  SEPTEMBER 15 -  DNR LAKE MILDRED FISHERIES INFORMATION SHEET HANDOUT RE DNR 2014 BOOMSHOCKING SURVEY - NOW HERE
- For those of you who have been asking/waiting for it, we now have the handout from the DNR's John Kubisiak, which he passed out at the Labor Day weekend meeting of the LMPOA, posted and available on this website.  That handout can be found, with the other DNR Survey information, at the "Lake Surveys by Wisc DNR" page. (or you can simply click this link)
  SUNRISE -
John Merkel, a true "early riser", sends us this picture of a beautiful sunrise over Lake Mildred.

  SEPTEMBER 11 - YIKES! HUGE HORNETS NEST
- Nancy Wilson sent us this picture of a huge hornet's nest that was built under a bench on a dock.  (And Remember - if you click on a photo, that will open up the photo full-size). 

  SEPTEMBER 7 -
HALLELUJAH!  NEW VERIZON CELL-TOWER ERECTED NEAR LAKE MILDRED!   Great news for Lake Mildred and the surrounding area.  This new tower is only about 3/4 mile from Lake Mildred - so cell reception should be excellent!  Here is photo of the new tower, taken today.  It is on the East side of Sheep Ranch Road (Fire #4206).  The warning light is blinking on the tip-top, but the cell antennas have not yet been installed.  But it shouldn't be long until it is operational.  Meanwhile, if you're a "non-Verizon" customer, you may want to check when your contract expires so you can switch to Verizon!  >g<
  LAST NIGHT'S RAIN RAISES LAKE OVER 1" -
  As usual it is nice to see the lake rise.  And a nighttime rain doesn't wash out daytime plans, either!

  SEPTEMBER 6 - THE MINUTES OF YESTERDAY'S LMPOA MEMBERSHIP MEETING ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE -
The Secretary's minutes from yesterday's meeting (as well as minutes from meetings held in the past couple years) are available at the "LMPOA Meetings/Minutes" page.
  ALSO NOW ONLINE - AIS ON-THE-WATER REPORT *PLUS* LAKE MILDRED AREA WATCH REPORT
- All brought to you by LMPOA Director Connie Muckelberg and presented at the September 5 meeting.  You can see these at the Lake Mildred Watch & Invasives page.

  SEPTEMBER 5 - GREAT MEETING WITH RECORD TURNOUT
- The LMPOA fall meeting today was a great success with a record turnout of 50+ attendees.  DNR Fisheries head John Kubisiak spoke at length (to a rapt audience!) and answered questions about the fish and fishing on Lake Mildred. 
  THEN BACK TO THE SUMME HEAT as everyone returned home to sunshine and 80+ degrees of humid summer weather.  What a great Labor Day!

  SEPTEMBER 4 - INVASIVE SPOTTED KNAPWEED - Mary & Mark Stokstad brought to our attention that this very invasive thistle-like plant, up to 6' tall, is rapidly spreading, especially along roadways.  Pull it out, but wear gloves!

  SEPTEMBER 3 - SUMMER RETURNS -
The temps are back to the 80's and the lake is warming up too.  Just in time for Labor Day Weekend!

  AUGUST 31 - CANOE IS SOLD! 
CANOE FOR SALE - Jennifer Labs wanted the folks to know that they are selling their 15' Grumman canoe has been sold.

  AUGUST 29 - SPOTTED KNAPWEED -
As mentioned with the photos above, this invasive plant is being found along many roads and driveways.  It has sharp spikes so be careful with it, and wear gloves when pulling it out. 

  AUGUST 25 - WATER SKI FOUND!
Germaine Jonesi reports that she has a water ski that floated up there.  If that sounds like your ski, call Germaine at 282-7133.
  A TOUCH OF FALL -
High temps only in the 50s today, brrrr.  But the cold won't last - summer WILL return!  Guaranteed!

  AUGUST 21 - AFTER 3 WET DAYS, IT'S TIME FOR SUNSHINE -
Just finished a dreary week, but the rain didn't amount to much; the lake level is up only a little.  The sudden cooldown is reminiscent of fall, as are those nasty colored leaves that are starting to appear - along with the mushrooms.

  AUGUST 15 - STILL HOT & HUMID AND LAKE WARMS TO NEW HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THE SEASON -
81 degrees.

  AUGUST 14 - HOT & HUMID
- The weatherman says that today will be even hotter than yesterday, and that the heat will continue through this weekend - which means that this weekend will be a superb time to get into the water!

  AUGUST 9 - THE LAKE IS FALLING!
  Ok, it's not an emergency, but the dearth of rain lately has the lake level falling the past few weeks.

  AUGUST 4 - AUGUST?!  HOW CAN IT BE AUGUST ALREADY?! 
Our first guess was that we had a 'calendar malfunction', but then we sniffed the cool morning breeze, and by gosh we noted just a slight hint of fall.  That will soon pass (we hope!) and summer shall return with some of that 'August heat'.
  HOT NEW LMPOA MERCHANDISE *SALE* PRICES - Speaking of 'hot', there is a hot sale now that the LMPOA board decided that they needed to pare down some excess inventory of caps and clothing.  Check out the LMPOA Store - or come to the Lake Association's Labor Day Weekend last-meeting-of-the-year, where this merchandise will be on display and available for purchase.

  JULY 27 - NOW *THAT* WAS A HOT BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND! 
Temps in the upper 80s and tons of sunshine each day.  That heat helps evaporate water of course, and the lake level continues to slowly fall, almost wiping out the big rain a couple weeks ago.  But we'll just get more rain soon enough, we're confident.

  JULY 23 - LAKE HITS 80 DEGREES!
We hit the big 8-0 yesterday - plenty warm swimming!
  TAG ALDERS STARTING TO DIE?  Those tag alders, pines, and brush that started growing along the shoreline when the lake level was low, have started to die off from the higher water. (Tag Alders can tolerate occasional -but not continuous- high water)  The red pines were the first to go, but now it appears that even the tag alders, having been underwater since the lake started rising this past winter, have started to 'drown' from the higher water.  Hope the tag alders last awhile, because the wildlife sure love them - we see a lot of wildlife (such as frogs, fish, ducks and insects) using those tag alders and brush for cover.
  SPEAKING OF COVER
- We sure are seeing a lot of bluegills around the dock and the tag alders again.  "We've heard" that those bluegill really like 'Quick-Cooking Oatmeal' flakes.  Again, just sayin.......
  LAKE LEVEL HAS SLOWLY FALLEN AGAIN  this past week, with this wonderful summer heat, but little rain.

  JULY 20 - LATEST LAKE CLARITY SECCHI DISC TEST -
Yesterday, Sunday July 19, at 11 am, Sandy & Dave Ebben did the monthly testing of Lake Mildred's water; the current secchi disc clarity test came in at 19 feet - exactly the same as last July.  But still, that's far less than the May 23 test of 31 feet, which was before the lake's plankton bloomed.  Even at 19 feet, you gotta admit that Lake Mildred's clarity is excellent!

  JULY 18 - NEW LAKE MILDRED COTTAGE FOR SALE
- A terrific affordable cottage on Lake Mildred just came up for sale.  You can see it - and others for sale on Lake Mildred and Clear Lake - by clicking HERE or at the "Lake Mildred & Clear Lake Real Estate for Sale" page.
  MORE RAIN RAISES THE LAKE LEVELS AGAIN - We received another .6 inches of rain last night, which has acted to raise the lake to a new highest-this-year level.  And more rain is in the forecast.

  JULY 17 - WATCH CAREFULLY, BOATERS!!
With all the boat activity on the lake during these warm summer days, boat operators need to be extra watchful for hard-to-see objects, just as the top of a fawn's small head and ears sticking out of the water as she swims across the lake.  Deer do swim across Lake Mildred quite often, and as Nancy Wilson's photo (above) shows, and as Nancy warns, these deer would have been hard to see from a speeding boat.

  JULY 14 - PRESIDENT'S CORNER - NEW LETTER FROM LMPOA PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS
- Our lake association's president Paul Evans has written a summer letter to everyone, discussing the lake association's recent successes and issues affecting Lake Mildred and Clear Lake.  You can read it at the President's Corner.
  LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE MERCHANDISE ON SALE !
  It's time to clear the racks and boxes of our overstocked merchandise with a big sale.  Check out the LMPOA store here

  JULY 13 -  HEAVY RAIN RAISES LAKE TO NEW HIGHS - IN HOURS! 
Today alone, we received well over an inch of rain, and more appears to be coming.  And just like that, the lake has risen to new highs for the year - 3.0 inches above the lake level at ice-out.  Just look at the lake level graph (at left).
  SAD NEWS ABOUT THE LAKE MILDRED LOON CHICKS -
The loon chicks have not been seen in days, and it now appears that after having been on the lake for nearly a week, the loon chicks are no more.  As Dr. Piper says, in their last visit they also noted no loon chicks being present, and he notes further that at the chicks young age, they were quite vulnerable. 

  JULY 11 - UH OH - MISSING LOON CHICKS !!!
  For the last 2 days, nobody (that we know of) has seen the 2 Lake Mildred loon chicks that just hatched about a week ago.  The adult loons have been seen repeatedly, but NO chicks - apparently.  Has anyone seen them, or have any ideas of their whereabouts?  If so, please let us know with a quick email to daveebben@gmail.com.
  A REMINDER ABOUT WATCHING LOONS AND LEG BAND COLORS FOR 'LAKE MILDRED LOONS' - Someone recently pointed out how hard it is to see the leg bands on the loons, such as when watching them with binoculars.  We have found it best to watch for those times when the loons are just floating on the water & preening themselves, because they will often raise a leg up and out of the water while preening.  And loons preen often.   LEG BAND COLORS FOR LAKE MILDRED LOONS ARE> resident female has orange & white bands on the right leg, and a green band on the left.  The male is unbanded. 

  JULY 11 -  THE BLUEGILLS ARE BACK
- Wow what a change... we've not been seeing the mergansers this year, and with their disappearance, it almost seems like the bluegill have "come out of hiding" and suddenly reappeared in large numbers, especially near the boat docks.  It has been suggested that the bluegill fled to deeper water to escape the onslaught of mergansers in recent years, and perhaps that's the case.   And then the mergansers fled to more productive waters, so that now it's safe for the bluegill to come back shallow.  Interesting theory, and we like it!
  LAKE LEVEL HOLDING IT'S OWN
- With the hot weather, the lake level normally falls very slowly in July, unless we get some big rains...which hasn't happened here lately.  But our lake level, altho off it's recent highs, is still up 1.5 inches since ice-out.

  JULY 5 - WOW WHAT A FIREWORKS SHOW LAST NIGHT!
  With multiple fabulous fireworks displays being shown around the 'big bowl' last night, it was clear that there was no need to go anywhere else to get all the "oohs and aahs" you could want....although your dog would likely disagree that it was all fun! 
  THE HOT & DRY WEATHER WAS GREAT FOR A HOLIDAY WEEKEND - but you can see the result in the gradual decline of the lake level.  But that could change fast with the first heavy rainfall.
  AND THE LAKE TEMP KEEPS RISING - today the lake hit 77 degrees.
  'OUR' LOONS AND CHICKS thankfully appear to have survived the boat traffic and fireworks intact, and were seen out for a swim today.  Our resident female loon was able to survive weeks of challenge by an outside (and probably younger) female this spring despite having been here at least 14 years - and she still has the strength to be a great mother and her chicks all appear to be doing well.  'Course we better give a nod to our new male loon, who also appears to be no slacker!

  JULY 4 - ANNUAL 4th of JULY FLOATILLA BOAT PARADE SETS NEW RECORD IN BOAT NUMBERS! 
Our "Floatilla" Boat Parade around Lake Mildred on July 4th keeps growing every year, and this year was no exception - Lake Association President Paul Evans counted at least 23 boats plus 2 tubes and an awesome 'lawn chair on a standup board'!   We have posted 4 photos of the parade at the "Photos 2015" page.(look to the bottom of the page)..thanks to everyone for making this the best parade yet!  It's hard for a picture to capture the whole boat parade, which was almost a mile long!
  HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
 

  JUNE 30 7:50 PM - LOONS ARE STILL ON NEST
- We think our loons began nesting on June 4, and altho we don't know when the egg(s) were laid, given an incubation period of 26-30 days, June 30 should be the earliest that their egg(s) might hatch - or anytime the following week or two.  This could very likely put their nest at risk with the very heavy boat traffic of the July 4 weekend.  Sure hope the hatch occurs before that, and also sure hope that boaters will try to keep a good distance away from Crane Island.
  THE LAKE WARMS FURTHER with the warm weather this weekend, the lake today hit 76 degrees; pretty comfy swimming!

  JUNE 28 - LAKE MILDRED LOON ON NEST - Karen Smout sends us a photo of one of our loons on the nest
(both the female and the male share incubating responsibilities) as it sits on it's nest on 6-14-15.  Hatching should hopefully occur during the first week of July.   (Karen Smout photo)

  JUNE 26 - LAKE TEMP NUDGING UPWARD - the surface temp hit 74 degrees yesterday afternoon.

  JUNE 25 - MORE BEARS!
- Bonnie Draeger wrote to say that "last Friday (19th) I was walking (around 7 am) back to Lakeland drive.  I was coming up the hill on Coon Lake Road from Lake Mildred Road.  I got to the crest of the hill and coming toward me on the road, just east of the driveway on the right was a lone bear!  I saw it - it saw me and took off into the woods.  I think it was only about 200 feet away and let me tell you - after it took off my heart was pounding.  Earlier this year I saw a mother and 3 cubs by the same driveway - not close though - they were by the garage.
   My husband talked to a Michel's worker and I guess they have seen quite a few bears while they have been working on the utilities around the lake.
   I guess we all have to be alert when we are on the road!!!"

  JUNE 24 - BEAR SIGHTING
- Yesterday when Carl & Rebecca Corey
were coming home from town, they found a medium sized bear standing at the head of their driveway.  They stared each other down awhile, and the bear was in no hurry to leave, but finally did saunter off into the woods.  Carl figured the bear was likely a cub from last year.
  RAIN MINIMAL AND LAKE LEVEL - The rain hasn't amounted to much for us lately, unlike some nearby locations.  And the lake level has hardly changed in 2 weeks.

  JUNE 21 -
LAKE MILDRED SUNSET  -  When life throws you a curve, just ponder this scene, and relax.   (Jasmine Labs photo)

  JUNE 20 - THE BRUSH AND WEEDS ALONG SHORE that grew when the lake was lower, is now flooded, and just as we were told, that brush is now absolutely teeming with life, from bugs and up the food chain to frogs and fish and birds.  It is like a nursery that will enrich the entire lake.
  LOON 'HOOKED' ON TWO SISTERS LAKE - Karen Smout passed on a link (by Dr Piper in The Loon Project) to a story about a loon that was hooked with a fish-hook on Two Sisters Lake this spring.  Very interesting - check it out with a click HERE.
  WATCHING LOONS - Someone recently pointed out how hard it is to see the leg bands on the loons, while watching them with binoculars.  We have found it best to watch for those times when the loons are just floating on the water & preening themselves, because they will often raise a leg up and out of the water while preening.  And loons preen often.

  JUNE 19 - MORE RAIN = RISING LAKE
- We've received a little more rain this week, and the lake is rising; actually it has been rising pretty consistently the past few weeks. 

  JUNE 12 - A SPIT OF RAIN YESTERDAY -
We were just north of the area that received a lot of rain; all we got was .14".
  LOONS STILL NESTING - Our loons are still nesting.  The male and female take turns sitting on the egg(s) - they share the incubation responsibilities.  They also face many challenges with their nesting site facing boat traffic and an eagles nest, not to mention the other predators.  For those of you who watch the loons with binoculars or telescopes, our resident female has orange & white bands on the right leg, and a green band on the left.  The male is unbanded. 

  JUNE 7 - MORE RAIN LAST NIGHT -
.62 inches of rain last night, raises the lake a little more.

  JUNE 5 - "THE BIG 7-0" -
The sunshine today has managed to push the lake temperature up to the big 7-0 mark - 70 degrees - nice!  However, the price of warmer weather is slight falling off of the lake level by a quarter-inch in 2 days...but that's no biggie, because we're up so nicely in the past 6 months.
  THE LOONS ARE NESTING & THE BUOYS ARE OUT!  It does appear that the loons have begun nesting (great news of course!) and Connie and Pete Muckelberg have strategically placed the buoys to warn boaters to stay back.  And please, because of the placement of the nest, it would be best if everyone would go "slow no wake" well away from all of Crane Island.  If you want to look, it has been suggested to  bring binoculars so you don't need to be so close.  

  JUNE 4 - MORE RAIN -
We received an inch of rain last night, and the lake has risen accordingly - almost an inch.
  DUCKLINGS APPEAR!  A hatch of about 10 newly hatched ducklings appeared this morning, swimming along shore tightly with their mom. 
  LOON NESTING?  And in keeping with the raising of young 'uns, it seems that the loons have also started nesting.  Fingers crossed!  And meanwhile, it would be best to keep your distance from Crane Island.  It does indeed appear that the "loon battle" is over, and our "resident female" retained her position.

  JUNE 3 - TURTLE TIME!  -
The painted turtles have just started laying eggs, and can be seen crossing the road just a little.  That means the foxes will be out digging up the eggs, leaving the tell-tale curly eggshell pieces to dry along the roadsides, next to the turtle's egg-laying spot.  Soon, the snapping turtles will be digging along the shorelines in gravelly and sandy areas to lay their eggs.
  5:55 pm - Rain is coming soon, and possibly heavy, or so the forecast goes....so the lake may be rising again soon?

  JUNE 2 -  FAWNS ARE TOO CUTE!  -  Lake Mildred's whitetails are having their fawns, and this one had lain down in the road ditch today as I rode the bike down Cedar Lane. (Dave Ebben photo)

  MAY 31 - SUNSHINE AND DRAGONFLIES GALORE -
They're everywhere in our yard on Lake Mildred, and we bet theyre in yours as well!  And where the dragonflies are, there's not a mosquito to be found, or a fly to bite. 

  MAY 30 - MORE RAIN = RISING LAKE LEVEL -
nearly a half inch of rain last night, and 3.5 inches of rain in the past week, have the lake level rising nicely.  We are trying out a new means of showing physically how the lake level changes this summer with the new graph shown below the main menu.
  MAY 30 - NEW LAKE LEVEL GRAPH  -  Lake Mildred's water level has always been 'on the move', and we've grappled with a way to display the trend.  This new graph will be updated at least weekly and be available below the main menu.   (click to enlarge)

  MAY 28 - 8:21 pm - LAKE TEMP HITS 68 - the warm weather today and sunshine caused the lake temp to rise dramatically.  Still, not very many bass beds appearing in this relatively slow-to-warm spring.
  NOON - LAKE TEMP LEAPING
- It is no wonder the dragonfly hatch has increased, because with the brief warm spell and sunshine today, the LAKE TEMPERATURE HAS LEAPED to 66 and it is barely noon.
  10 am - DRAGONFLY BONANZA -
the dragonfly hatch continues, even greater than yesterday, and at this very moment are coming out of their larval shells in huge numbers....and this bodes well for mosquito control. 
  LAKE CLARITY CONTINUES EXCELLENT - but be sure to wear polarized glasses and a hat, and watch out for the pine pollen that is starting to obscure the surface in some places, but only until the wind blows the pollen to shore.  Great sightseeing in "the aquarium" again today, spotting a big muskie in 8 feet of water, clearly visible.

  MAY 27 - 8 pm -
Another .5" of rain fell today, mostly in the past couple hours, rasing the lake yet another 1/2 inch.   Therefore, the lake is right now 1.5" higher than the level at ice-out 4/12.  And the mosquitoes and dragonflies continue to hatch - a lot!  And the 'spring peepers' are getting really loud.
  8:30 AM - OVER 1" OF RAIN FELL OVERNIGHT
- And the lake rose an inch accordingly, so that the lake level is now 1" above the 4/12 ice-out level.
  MINUTES OF MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOW ONLINE -
The Minutes of the Membership meeting just held on May 23 are now available to read at Meetings/Minutes.

  MAY 26 - BIG DRAGONFLY HATCH - NATURE GETS IT RIGHT -
In a case of perfect timing, this morning a large number of dragonfly larvae crawled out of the lake and onto piers, rocks, trees and whatever else they found, and hatched into those beautiful mosquito-eating machines called Dragonflies.  Considering that the biggest hatch of mosquitoes that we've seen thus far this year has just occurred (and probably will continue for awhile) this is terrific timing.  Thanks Mother (Nature)!
  And at this very moment (2:12 pm) a large area of rain and possibly thunderstorms is just hitting Lake Mildred, so the mosquito larvae will also be hatching like crazy in the next few days.
  LAKE IS GETTING WARMER - Perhaps this is why the dragonfly larvae started emerging from the lake in much larger numbers - the lake just today hit 64 degrees (surface temp).   Just as the thermometer was replaced into the lake, a group of 12" male smallmouth bass came swimming by....so I'd expect to see the telltale 'bass beds' start to appear in much larger numbers in the next few days.  A mid-60's water temperature is just what the bluegill and bass want to see before they migrate into shallow water in large numbers.
  Just before the rain started, the lake was dead calm - flat surface - and the clarity was awesome - crystal clear water.  If you haven't seen that clear water yet, don't despair, because it may continue for another week or two.  Last year, the water was super-clear even on June 14.

  MAY 25 -  BIG MOSQUITO HATCH!
- Wow, that inch of rain we've gotten in the past 12 hours has ignited a big hatch of mosquitoes - and other flying insects.
  AN INCH OF RAIN
last night, with more to come today, so the lake will no doubt rise, but also there's no doubt that the mosquitoes will be rising as well.  Let's hope the dragonflies keep hatching - like the above photo of a dragonfly hatch in sequence that Kathryn Tuerk snapped while visiting the Merkel family this Memorial Day weekend.
  AND NOTE THE NEW LAKE LEVEL monitoring (see "Recent Lake Level Trend" box at left below the main menu) we will try to keep updated when there is a significant rainfall, drought, or in any event, at least weekly.  MEANWHILE as of 11:20 am the rain continues to fall and we've gained 1.4" of lake level in the past 24 hours.
  LOONY UPDATE - During this Memorial Day weekend (and for the past week) we've not witnessed any loon battles or chasing, so hopefully nesting can take place soon.
  DRAGONFLY HATCH - Kathryn Tuerk was visiting the Merkels this weekend, and took this great series of photos of a dragonfly nymph hatching .   (click to enlarge)

  MAY 23 - TERRIFIC SPRING MEETING - The LMPOA spring 2015 meeting was like we'd hoped: fun and informative (with some really tasty snacks - thanks Paul & Pete!).  We hope to have more details soon, and as soon as the minutes of the meeting are ready, we'll have those posted here also.
  Meanwhile the LAKE IS NEAR PEAK CLARITY RIGHT NOW - today (after the LMPOA meeting) the Ebbens did their monthly lake water testing, and found that right now the lake is near peak clarity, just like in early June of 2014.  The Secchi disc reading came in at an amazing 31 FEET OF LAKE CLARITY!  The DNR-supplied Secchi disc came with 30 feet of rope, but the Secchi disc was still visible even after lowering the entire length of rope - so Dave held the Secchi line reel into the water to gain an additional foot of depth.  Wonderful water quality we enjoy on Lake Mildred, and right now if you can get on the water when there is flat water (little wind churn) you can see the bottom in places you seldom see.  The lake is like an aquarium right now.  More photos of the lake water testing are at the Photos 2015 page.
  LAKE WATER LEVELS - It was pointed out at the LMPOA meeting that  the website used to have info about current water levels, and that info has been missing since the website re-design.....OOPS!  My bad, but I hope to rectify that error very soon.  In the near future the website will again have lake level info, and I hope to include a complete page on Lake Mildred water levels, to track the history of high and low water levels over the years, much like how we track ice-up and ice-out dates.

  MAY 22 - FAREWELL to Hugh and Janet Deverell
, who today sold their lovely Lake Mildred home - AND WELCOME to the John Fisher family, who purchased it.  We don't always know when an area property changes hands, but if you do - or you feel someone deserves mention, please let us know and we will be glad to mention it here.
  LOONS STILL NOT NESTING - BUT IS THE CHALLENGE OVER?
  Haven't witnessed any further "chasing" of the local female loon by the outsider in almost week, but.....they are still not nesting.  Wonder if that "challenge" by the outsider still exists?  Or did it go on so long that our 'resident' female will not nest this year?  Could the abundant eagles be the problem?  "Enquiring minds want to know!"


  MAY 22 - LOONS STILL NOT NESTING - BUT IS THE CHALLENGE OVER?
  Haven't witnessed any further "chasing" of the local female loon by the outsider in almost week, but.....they are still not nesting.  Wonder if that "challenge" by the outsider still exists?  Or did it go on so long that our 'resident' female will not nest this year?  Could the abundant eagles be the problem?  "Enquiring minds want to know!"

  MAY 21 -
DON'T FORGET THE SPRING MEETING!  We hope to see you all at the spring meeting of LMPOA on Satuday May 23 at 9 am, at the Newbold Town Hall.  Enjoy some coffee and donuts while seeing old friends and neighbors, and take in the presentation from our special guest Mark Stroede of Outdoor Rooms Inc. about shoreline preservation and stabilization, and the work they have done recently on Lake Mildred.
  GREAT TIMING FOR DRAGONFLIES!  SALUTE THE AIR FORCE!  In recent years, we have seen dragonflies hatch long before the mosquitoes & flies, which starved many dragonflies, killing them early.  We've also seen (last year) the dragonflies hatch much later than the mosquitoes, leaving us poor humans (temporarily) defenseless (other than chemical repellants & staying indoors, that is).  Finally, it appears that THIS year the dragonflies MAY be hatching at the same time as the mosquitoes!  At least, that's how it appears right now, with the dragonfly hatch just beginning at the same time the mosquitoes are appearing in force. 

  MAY 19 - SNOW?!
The loons were yodeling at 5 am, and while we couldn't see what the commotion was (eagle?  an invader?) but perhaps they were upset by the dusting of snow.  That wind is cold too.  Occasional snow flurries continued thru the day.  At least that cold has put a stop to the mosquitoes and no-see-ums!
  And, that cold weather has the lake temperature going in the reverse  of what it should be doing - it's dropping.  The lake temp today is down to 57 degrees, after that cold night last night - with at least one more icy night to come.

  MAY 17 - NO-SEE-UMS TOO -
And of course to go with mosquitoes, we now have to add the no-see-ums.  But the mosquitoes really aren't too bad, knock on wood.  But this rain that is just now starting at 2 pm could have a big impact.  Then again, after last year's huge mosquito hatch, the law of averages should give an 'easier' year this year, right?  RIGHT?!
  BTW, ON THE LOON FRONT (and also with fingers crossed) we'd note that the "outsider" 3rd loon that had been challenging our long-term resident female, has not been seen in a couple days.  Hopefully she gave up and moved on.

  MAY 16 - A DAY OF "FIRSTS" -
First, we saw our first dragonfly of the year - but just that one lone dragonfly.  But this dragonfly was a record-breaker - the dragonfly nymph had climbed 20 feet up a tall red pine tree to hatch.  What a climb!  Even though it was only one dragonfly, we're hoping it is a sign of many more dragonflies to come very soon - to eat the mosquitoes that are already hatching.
  Secondly, we saw the first water-skier on Lake Mildred, as the Brauns arrived and promptly went skiing.  Still a little too cold for us, although rumor has it that Sandy Ebben will be hitting the water verrrrrry soon.

  MAY 16 - MOSQUITOES HATCH!
  Mosquitoes started appearing a little yesterday, and today a few more, but there is rain coming tonight and tomorrow, and we just know that will bring on the hordes of mosquitoes.  Hopefully it won't be as bad as last year.  And we should be pretty safe near the lake AFTER the dragonflies (A/K/A "The Air Force") comes to our rescue and eats mosquitoes by the thousands.
  MEANWHILE, PLANT SOME MINNOWS in any little ponds or standing water near your home (we hear that fatheads eat a lot of mosquito larvae!)  You can buy fathead minnows at any bait shop, or trap your own minnows in a local creek, and transplant them to a stagnant pond/water to be rid of the mosquito larvae in an environmentally safe way.

  MAY 15 - RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
are being seen more often this spring, hanging around the tag alders that popped up along shore when the lake level dropped.  Now, those tag alders are flooded by the rising water and should provide great cover for fish reproduction.

  MAY 13 - LAKE TEMP STILL COLD -
The shallow-water fish still haven't moved in to the shallows -much- but that time should be coming very soon, as the lake temp hangs around the upper 50's. 
  THE LOONS are still battling, but the resident pair is still intact (we think) and the outsider still occasionally chases the resident female. 
  WISCONSIN PUBLIC SERVICE contractors are boring underground electric service in places around the lake, to improve electric service reliability.  The many rocks underground are making progress slow, however.

  MAY 11 - LOON BATTLE CONTINUES 19th DAY -
We spoke too soon yesterday, hoping the loon battle was over.  Just now at 1 pm we witnessed 3 loons, with 1 chasing another and yodeling - yet again.
  It's a dreary, wet, & cold day but a couple of brightly colored
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS
brought some color to the day. 

  MAY 10 - COULD THE LOON BATTLE BE OVER?
  It has been a few days since we've seen a true confrontation with an 'outsider' loon, but we may have simply missed it.  The chasing and yodeling haven't been apparent, so who knows?  The eagles, however, are active and causing the loons -and all the other small critters - to be very cautious.
  EAGLES MAKING OTHER CRITTERS NERVOUS - Everyone has to eat, and of course that includes the eagles.  And that makes all the other critters VERY nervous.  When the eagle make their rounds, often flying low over the lake, the loons start yodeling and warning everyone of the danger.  Mary Groat says that she and Mike saw an eagle dive-bombing the ducks, so it's no wonder the ducks are paranoid!  The groats also saw a small flock of turkey vultures soaring over the lake.
  GREENING UP - That rain definitley helped, and we're enjoying this this "mosquito free" time immensely.  It won't last much longer!

  MAY 9 - LAKE WARMING UP -
The lake surface temp is now up to 64

  MAY 7 - MORE BEARS!
A sow and a very young cub were seen on Lake Mildred Road today; the cub was very small, looked to be only about 25 pounds, just a little black fur ball that looked SO CUTE scampering across the road to join mom.
  And again, 3 LOONS were seen wandering Lake Mildred, 2 of them close together with the 3rd keeping a little distance, usually.

  MAY 6 -  RISING WATER NOW IN LAKE MILDRED & CLEAR LAKE CHANNEL - John & Kristine Mladucky were up last weekend, to spend an AWESOME weekend, fishing, kayaking, and even enjoying cleaning up around the cottage.  And look at what they sent us - a beautiful picture of water in the channel now joining Lake Mildred and Clear Lake - once again!

  MAY 6 - HATE TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD, BUT THE LOONS
are still battling; our resident female continues to fight off an outsider that appears to want her position very badly.  Loons in this position have been known to fight to the death.
  OCCASIONAL RAINS BRING GREENERY - AND SOON mosquitoes.  But try not to speak the "M" word, until the Air Force arrives.

  MAY 5 - THE 2015 NEWSLETTER FROM LMPOA -
has just been mailed, but you can see it now at the Association News page or simply click HERE.
  THE DISAPPEARING ENCHANTED FOREST
- In the next few days, the forest that we see from the roads will gradually disappear from view as the leaves emerge on the brush.  Suddenly, it will seem, we won't be able to see into the woods very far from the road.  Enjoy the view while you can!

  MAY 4 - WONDERFUL RAIN -
Lake Mildred received about .62 inches of much needed rain last night, and should see a lot of greening on the grass and trees today.  Nice!
  LAKE TEMPERATURE HITS 60 DEGREES - Also nice to see: the lake warming up, and soon will come the shallow-water fish.
  BUT OUR POOR EMBATTLED FEMALE LOON continues to be pursued by the 'outsider' trying to take her place.  Further 'chasing' and yodeling continued this morning, which would make this Day 12 of that battle.  If these many miles of 'chases' don't kill her, they will hopefully make her stronger.

For many days now, Lake Mildred has been the                
scene of Loon Territorial disputes.  Scientist Joel
Flory has been on-the-water and believes that a  
new female is trying to displace the existing female
(photo courtesy of Dr Walter Piper, loonproject.org)

  FIDDLEHEAD HARVEST - The "fiddleheads" the curled tops of the young emerging ferns, are just starting to emerge from the ground.  Considered quite a delicious vegetable in Europe.

  MAY 3 - MORE BEARS - BIG SOW WITH CUBS -
was seen in the Cedar Lane area, and no doubt they are super hungry after a long winter.
  LOON BATTLE CONTINUES - now into at least the 11th day, our resident loons continue to be embattled to maintain their Lake Mildred territory from aggressive - and persistent - outsiders.  4 outsiders, that is, and one has to wonder if a new *pair* (not just 1 loon!) is looking to take over Lake Mildred as "their" territory.  Here, the two pair face off on 5-3-15 at 4:30 pm.

  LOVE THIS SPRING WEATHER - the whole past week has been so, springy!
  WATER TEMP HITS 60 DEGREES - Another milestone is that the lake water temp his 60 degrees today.  Ahhhhh.....that's better....

  APRIL 30 - BEARS ON THE LOOSE!
  Watch those bird feeders - at least one medium sized black bear is making the rounds of Lake Mildred homes.  Yesterday he decided to check out the Ebben place.

  AND THE LOONS ARE STILL FIGHTING
- this morning there were 4 loons - and it's getting close to nesting time.

  APRIL 28 - THE LOON BATTLE and THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING WEATHER - CONTINUE -
This morning the female loons have again - for the 6th day! - continued their battle, as a new female attempts to take over Lake Mildred as "her" territory.

  APRIL 27 - LOON DISPUTE CONTINUES 5th DAY -
After resting for the better part of the day, the two loons once again took up their battle this evening, chasing, yodeling, and generally disturbing the otherwise peaceful evening.  It just doesn't seem fair (does it?!) that our resident female loon, with 13+ years of seniority, should be pushed so hard by an intruder!
  THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING WEATHER looks to continue all week, and we're seeing a few more boats, shoreline activity, and dock adjusting.

  APRIL 26 - LOON TERRITORIAL DISPUTE CONTINUES FOR 4th DAY -
Three loons are still on Lake Mildred, and two of them were 'chasing' and yodeling again!  There are several scientists watching our loons closely, and their suspicion as of now is that a new female loon is chasing our resident female - but 'our' banded female has been in place for about 13 years, so according to Dr. Walter Piper, will likely not give up easily!  Great drama, and it's not on TV!

  APRIL 24 - LOONS FIGHT EPIC BATTLE
  - For 2 days now there have been 3 loons on the lake, with one chasing another almost continuously since yesterday, with frequent aggressive yodeling as well.  Presumably our resident male is being challenged by an outsider.  We're rooting for our resident male, of course, but they're both looking mighty tired.  And to make this battle even more interesting, the eagles are watching those loons very closely.

  APRIL 22 - HAPPY EARTH DAY -
If you love Lake Mildred like we do, then you have to like Planet Earth a lot too!  Sustainability and climate change are vitally important issues for us all.

  APRIL 21 - MOBILE FRIENDLY?
  We've come to appreciate that this website is not truly "mobile friendly" in that it is hard to view on small devices.  We are working on that issue, but please be patient as  we address this complicated issue.

  APRIL 17 - 'IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YA' -
For no apparent reason (no wind or snow) on 4/16 an oak tree collapsed across a power line along Cedar Lane, and the fallen wire shorted out a cable box, which energized a cable line that then started a fire in another box 300 feet away in the grass at the Butler's Lake Mildred cottage.  The Newbold Fire Department and DNR arrived quickly to douse the fire.

  APRIL 16 -   LOST - HELP!! 
We're missing a 7 foot section wood pier insert.  It floated away during the thaw.  Calle Pete or Connie at 715-282-5411
  CHAOS (SORT OF) FROM RISING WATER - A cruise around the lake reveals a lot of docks and boat lifts inundated by rising water.  After these past few dry years, for the water to rise a foot in less than 6 months has taken many of us by surprise.  Not complaining, though, nope.....

  APRIL 12 - THE ICE IS OUT, OFFICIALLY TODAY! 
That wimpy ice was no match for today's strong South wind.  Cheers!  And 3 CANADA GEESE have been swimming around.

  APRIL 11 - LOONS ARE BACK 'HOME'!  AND ICE IS ALMOST OUT!  AND DUCKS ARRIVE!  AND SPRING IS SIMPLY SPRINGING UP GANGBUSTERS!
  Our favorite time of year, for sure, with the entire warm season in front of us.  And with the lake about half ice-free at 6 PM on 4/11, we predict that we'll be able to call tomorrow as the official "ice-out".  Loons were spotted on Lake Mildred this morning, many different ducks, and the eagles have been working on their nest - we won't disclose the exact location, but this nest is within 50' of Lake Mildred's shore.
  OH AND THE WATER LEVEL IS UP ABOUT A FOOT SINCE LAST FALL! 
Many people are going to have to adjust their docks upward this year - many that were left in over-winter are now under-water!  But on the "plus side", this higher water is flooding many of the new lake-side bushes, creating perfect habitat for the the fish that will be spawning soon.....it should be a great year for fish reproduction.

  APRIL 9 - NEW HOME FOR SALE -
Always a sure sign of spring, a beautiful new home for sale on Lake Mildred.  See the Real Estate for Sale page.
                MANY DUCKS ARRIVING - Another sign of spring is the many ducks arriving to swim in the expanding area of open water along the North shore.

  APRIL 8 - LOON ARRIVES!!!
This morning we heard a loon call carry over Lake Mildred for the first time this season.  We don't yet know if that loon was on Lake Mildred or merely doing a flyover; regardless, the call of the loon is a most wonderful harbinger of spring.

  APRIL 5 - A LITTLE BIT OF OPEN WATER -
OK, it's not much open water, but it's something.  And it was enough for Sandy Ebben to get the kayak out for a little bit of 'early-season' paddling on April 3.

  MARCH 27 - LAKE MILDRED ON THE RISE -
We won't really know for sure until the ice goes off the lake, but it sure looks like the lake rose during the winter, perhaps another 6" or so.  And how much water will the spring rains bring???
  WHITE STUFF ON THE GROUND?!
  It looks a lot like snow, and maybe it is 'pretty' (in the eye of some beholders!) but we are "Thinking Spring", so we will just ignore it and hope it goes away soon.

  MARCH 20 - FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
  OK, we admit that some days lately don't feel or look like spring, but SOME of them do, and that's a start.

  MARCH 13 -    JUST POSTED> WELCOME NOTE FROM INCOMING PRESIDENT PAUL EVANS -
you can read it in the President's Corner (click here)
  WONDERFUL WARM WEATHER this past few days has us thinking about Spring, altho it could turn cold again anytime.  Still, we KNOW winter is on its way OUT!  Don't let the door hit you in the butt!

  JANUARY 25 - A HERD OF DEER
ran down the middle of the lake this afternoon, and disappeared on donut island.  Then a FAT-TIRED BICYCLE came down the lake, riding along on a snowmobile track from a few days ago; the bicyclist was able to ride on the snow at a pretty darn good speed, without getting bogged down in the snow - it looked like fun!  And we had ALMOST A JANUARY THAW the past few days.

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