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WAPOA Holds 2021 Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration

On August 25th the attendees at the WAPOA Annual Meeting enjoyed the business meeting, the guest  speakers, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration picnic lunch. The meeting was offered in collaboration with the National Loon Center (NLC). Attendees were treated to the best ever cinnamon rolls and coffee for breakfast, and had the opportunity before the meeting to visit several water quality protection informational booths. At the meeting, WAPOA President Tony Coffey presented a summary of WAPOA’s focus areas and achievements, and the 2020 Financial Report. Three new Directors were elected: Miranda Graceffa, Education; Robb Reid, AIS; and Scott Johnson, Water Quality.

Dr. Walter Piper, Behavioral Ecologist, Prof. Chapman University, and Scientist on the Board of the National Loon Center presented very interesting facts about loon behavior, and also about the declining loon population in Wisconsin. They are predicting a 6% decline annually in Wisconsin, which means they could lose 48% of its loons by 2031. Some of the causes of the decreasing loon population in Wisconsin, such as climate change, loss of habitat, lead poisoning, decline in fisheries, and other factors could be affecting loons in Minnesota as well. These factors may also contribute to a higher rate of chick loss, loss of chick mass (at 5 weeks), and fewer chick broods.

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Aquatic Invasive Species Recently Confirmed in County Lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Horseshoe Lake, near the city of Crosslake in Crow Wing County.

A Crow Wing County watercraft inspector found adult zebra mussels attached to an aquatic plant that was removed from a boat and trailer at the Horseshoe Lake public access. DNR aquatic invasive species specialists found adult zebra mussels at opposite ends of the west bay of Horseshoe Lake during a followup search.

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Area Golf League Results

Whitefish Women’s 18 Hole League
On September 8, the whitefish women's 18 hole league played individual net scores of mutt and Jeff or par 3's and 5's.

The winners in 2 flights were:
1st flight: Mimi Swanson, Anita Stensby and Helen McGrath;
2nd flight: Cheryl Bontrager, Pam Musielewicz and Nancy Schmidt.

Deb Enger scored a birdie during the day's round and Pam Musielewicz was low net over the field with a net score of 67.

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