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Lake Hallett Association Newsletter
Fall kept the Lake Hallett Association busy. We had an information booth at the Nicollett County Fair in August and the Rock Bend Folk Festival in September. We distributed information concerning the present state of Lake Hallett. We attracted great attention at these local events. Thanks to all the volunteers for their extended efforts in raising the communities awareness of the LHA's mission of protecting Lake Hallett.
If you need more information, would like to volunteer or want to join the LHA contact the Lake Hallett Association President.
FAQ... Access to Lake Hallett
The City currently provides no accessible public access to Lake Hallett. Last year we were told if you entered on city property (behind Onan) you were OK as this is considered public land. This year we are told by the St. Peter City Police Department that the city has put up “no trespassing” signs and is allowing no access. If you drive in on the south shore you are trespassing! This property belongs to Northern Con Agg. The City only owns a 30 foot strip around the lake (excluding the property on the north shore) which is marked by the white “property boundary” signs. If you are between the lake and these signs you are on City Property. The access rules seem to change often so please call the Police Department 931-1550 or the City Administrator, Todd Prafke, 934-0663 for the latest information. There are no motors of any kind allowed on Lake Hallett.
LHA President Trudi Olmanson appeared on the St. Peter Public Access (SPPA Channel 7) June 2003 broadcast of “SPPA Connections” with host Pat Rosenow. Trudi discussed Lake Hallett issues and concerns. Pat Rosenow later interviews Todd Prafke Saint Peter city adminstrator on the shores of Lake Hallett. SPPA is a great public resource provided by the city of Saint Peter. The 22 minute video is online on the home page and is very large file. Please feel free to download the video for convenient offline playback. The video is found on the Fall 2003 home page.
Citizens’ Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP)
The Lake Hallett Association continues to participate in the CLMP. Volunteers across the state are taking weekly water clarity measurements with Secchi disks and uploading them to an online database. Water clarity is what makes Lake Hallett unique in this area of Southern Minnesota. The average water clarity for lakes in this area is about three feet. Lake Hallett clarity averages about twelve feet, making it the cleanest lake in Southern Minnesota. Visit the Great Secchi Dip-In website sponsored by Kent State University which monitors water quality across the country to learn more.
You don't have to live on Lake Hallett to become an association member. Yearly memberships are $5,00. All of these funds go directly towards protection of Lake Hallett. To become a member of the Lake Hallett Association please donate $5.00 to:
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