October 1st Event Notice – Celebrate the Night Sky 2020

As Northern Minnesota residents, we are fortunate to live in an area with some of the darkest skies in the Eastern United States. But it’s important that we take measures now to preserve this treasure. There will be a special presentation geared toward lake property owners and rural residents on October 1st 2020 at 7:00pm on Zoom and Facebook.

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New Trail Open in “Our Backyard”

Caribou Lake has many outdoor enthusiasts and I often see neighbors who regularly walk, jog, or bike with their families and pets down the well-used pavement on Sunny and Shady Lanes. I am sure many other roads around the lake get used frequently as well, so it is nice to have a new off-road option to explore. The Industrial Road One-Mile Loop Trail is now open for hikers and bikers. The trailhead is located at 5594 Industrial Road and has ample signage and parking.

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Caribou Lake Enthusiasts – Maximize Your Impact!

Caribou Lake enthusiasts and Amazon patrons, you can make a difference for our lake while you shop by using smile.amazon.com linked to the Caribou Lake Association Inc. charity. I know that my Amazon ordering has increased during these uncertain pandemic times and it is a good time to remind everyone to use smile.amazon.com to support our lake.

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A Note From CLA President

We had an issue with the harvester where a rock cracked the hydraulic
tank and caused water to fill the tank. We patched the tank and flushed
the water out and were able to get several more days of use. However the
tank is taking on water again so we will be shutting down for the
season. I have contacted Equipment Rental, a company that does welding
and hydraulic work, to check out the machine, make necessary repairs,
flush and fill the hydraulic system, so we are ready for next season.
Most of the lake is in good shape, weed wise, but we would have liked to
make one more pass around the lake before the season ended, but with an
oil leak we don’t want to jeopardize the machine or the lake.

Tom Marchand

Situation as we know it

Our great country is experiencing very difficult times with a lot of unknown laying ahead. American people has proved to be an adventurous, strong and capable nation through out the centuries. There is no doubt that we will prevail in this battle with coronavirus epidemic though sacrifices could be great.

Caribou Lake Association is planning to have summer weed harvesting season as long as it would be permitted by county (DNR) and state (governor) authorities due to “stay at home” order. Association has valid  DNR permit from 6/10/20 through 9/1/20.

Situation is being monitored daily and as of now we cannot predict with certainty what happens in our country, state, county in two weeks, let alone two months in relation to coronavirus epidemic spread.

Newsletter will be mailed as usual around middle of May 2020. As a precaution against spread of infection CLA officers opted out of having a physical annual meeting; we are planning to have a virtual one, which our web administrator Jeff Charnes will help to launch.

While safety and observance of the “stay at home” governor’s order is very important we should not forget about our neighbors who might need help with grocery shopping, etc.. Numerous examples of goodwill and kindness toward each other has been already displayed by association members and we are sure this trend will continue.

At the conclusion please refer to the Research link, which is actually PDF file, courtesy of medRxiv; you will find how long virus could survive on different surfaces, at what temperature, etc. All values are given in Metric System.


Stay safe and healthy!

CLA officers.






Think Spring!

Though it is difficult to believe that Spring will be coming anytime soon, especially feeling all this Artic air coming through, CLA is ready to go!

CLA president Tom Marchand have been in contact with the MN DNR dealing with our weed permit for 2020 and requested the same cut map as in the past. The thought was, harvest the same area and see if there is a real difference in the regrowth of our lake weeds. Keven Martini of the DNR agreed and has issued us the permit for 2020. The permit is active from June 10th to September 1st 2020.

Think Spring