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2016 Stop, Chat, & Roll Tour Rolls through the Lakes Area

As it rolled through the Brainerd Lakes Area last Wednesday the coach from Reichert Bus in Brainerd looked like any other tour. Seats filled with people from a variety of places carrying tablets, cell phones, and cameras to capture snapshots and video of the places they were to visit. Excited chatter filled the bus as the group prepared for a full day of travel to area attractions.

This bus however was different, this bus was filled with local representatives from tourism related businesses and organizations including restaurants, hotels, resorts, chambers of commerce, lodging associations, and others for the 2016 Stop, Chat, & Roll area awareness tour.

The tour was hosted through a new collaboration between Visit Brainerd, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Nisswa Chamber, Cuyuna lakes Chamber, and the Whitefish Area Lodging Association.

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Highlights of the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club Spring Board Meeting

The members of the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club board had their Spring Board Meeting on Saturday May 7, 2016. It’s “full steam ahead” for the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club (WCYC)!

Plans for 2016 include:
• Replacing damaged buoys on the Whitefish Chain
• Free swimming lessons for youth offered to visitors and residents July 11 through July 29

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Merrifield Food Drive

Thank you to Merrifield residents who contributed to the food drive on Sat, May 14. It benefits the local food shelf and community users greatly appreciate your donations.

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What is that?

Gary Langer (RALALA) is pictured here showing members of the Crooked Lake Township Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Committee a zebra mussel early warning system. The pipe has been nicknamed ZMEWS by committee members.

Knowing that early detection of zebra mussels in imperative for treating any infected area of water, these devices are being placed at several area public boat launches. Private property owners with or without boat launching capabilities are encouraged to install this simple device as well. Hanging from a dock with a chain or rope, zebra mussels attach to the PVC and periodic checks can reveal early infections so treatment can be started.

Baby zebra mussels, called veligers are only 100 micrometers long (0.1mm) in diameter. They have a tiny shell and a curved sheet of skin that is covered with tiny hairs that beat in the water helping them swim and draw food in for them to eat changing the chemistry of the water.

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