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Newsletter Feb 2001.


Lake Hallett Association Newsletter

The Lake Hallett Association is dedicated to the protection and promotion of Lake Hallett as a recreational and aesthetic resource for the citizens of Saint Peter and the surrounding area.


This year the Lake Hallett Association was very excited to be chosen by Minnesota Waters (www.minnesotawaters.org ) to participate in Lake Monitoring Planning Training. The third time we applied for this very competitive process was the charm! There were only 6 groups chosen out of 30 that applied for this session.

For 2 weekends this fall the planning team: Kevin Petry, Paul Schwichtenberg, Tom Hausenbauer and Trudi Olmanson attended training at Deep Portage Reserve near Hackensack, MN (website). The training was quite intensive and we learned a lot but still managed to find a little time to enjoy the grounds of this beautiful reserve. For 6 weeks we worked diligently on the plan for Lake Hallett before submitting our first draft to the training team. Between the training team and the planning team we hope to complete the plan by mid January. At this time we will be eligible for a grant to get us started on implementation of our plan.

After the first year of implementation of this plan, through our monitoring efforts, we will have a clearer picture of the health of Lake Hallett. We would like to find out what damage has been done to the lake by the large amounts of storm water dumped into it (1996 to 2006). In 1999 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, American Engineering Testing, the Department of Natural Resources and the Public Health Department assessed Lake Hallett. There were some red flags indicating possible future problems that the city council chose not to act on but at the time the water was considered safe to swim in and the fish were safe to eat. Is this still the case? We are also concerned about the large amounts of sediment that have accumulated in the lake from the storm water. Is it safe? Should it be removed?

Further implementation of the plan will allow us respond to any future problems on the lake and help us to protect the incredible water quality we enjoy now. We are quite concerned about the continuing effects of the overflow storm water during rain events. Hopefully this monitoring will force the complete diversion of the storm water away from Lake Hallett. Also the city has zoned the property Industrial and Commercial and we can monitor and be in a better position to force action if there are adverse effects from any development on the lake.

There is a lot of work involved in implementing this monitoring plan. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to put in a couple of hours a month. We will provide training and all equipment required. If you are interested please contact Trudi Olmanson by emailing the Webmaster@lakehallett.com or write to the Lake Hallett Association, 302 Saint Julien St.,Saint Peter, MN 56082 or call 507-931-6679. Thank you!

School group explores Deep Portage Conservation Reserve,
Hackensack Minnesota



St. Peter's Winterfest Ice Fishing Contest was a great success in 2006. The Lake Hallett Association looks forward to more community uses of Lake Hallett for Winterfest 2007!



Are you interested in helping to make a community park on Lake Hallett a reality?
Do you have Suggestions? Comments? Advice?
We need help!

  • Help coordinate this project
  • Help to develop a park plan
  • Organize fund raising efforts
  • Do research on available grants and funding options
  • Write grants
  • Other ideas?

Contact: Trudi Olmanson
Phone: 507-931-6679
Mail: 302 St. Julien St., St. Peter MN 56082
Email: trudioo@hickorytech.net


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-Margaret Mead


If the City of St. Peter's treatment of Lake Hallett continues the Community of St. Peter is on the verge of losing a Valuable Community Asset:
  1. Your City Council has decided this lake better serves the community as a place to dump polluted urban storm water than as a recreational resource for the community.

This picture taken February 13th 2005 clearly shows polluted storm water pouring into Lake Hallett.


  1. Your City Council did not purchase property for a park in this area. The property purchased by the City was to allow for the addition of more polluted storm water into Lake Hallett and to build the WasteWater Treatment Plant.
  2. Although there has been talk of purchasing additional property in the Lake Hallett area for decades, an option has now been signed to sell all the remaining property to a large development company.
  3. The only City-owned property is the 30-foot wide buffer zone along part of the shoreline. This is slated for a 1/2-mile long 8 to 12-foot wide gravel road for walking, biking and City vehicles. This leaves little room for trees, a beach, picnic areas, playground equipment, parking or restrooms. This also violates Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Minnesota State Shoreland Management Standards.
  4. There is no drive in public access or any plans for one. This means no public boat access. Without this public access the Department of Natural Resources will not stock the lake or put in a handicapped accessible dock. The only public access will be the parking lot of the WasteWater Treatment Plant.


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Lake Hallett Association
302 St. Julien St.
St. Peter, MN 56082

Questions? Call Trudi Olmanson 931-6679



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