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(abt 1960) Brolin Excavating dredging a deeper channel between Little and Big Detroit to improve boat passage with their Unit Dragline. (photo courtesy Tom Brolin)

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Some notes from the early History of Lake Detroiters Association

This information was obtained from early Lake Detroiters’ minutes and other documents. Many of
the issues discussed then are familiar to today’s Lake Detroiters.

1944 – Residents paid dues to the Detroit Lakes Property Owners Association (Lake Detroiters’ predecessor)

1949 DL Property Owners Association membership of 45 was reorganized as Lake Detroiters in August. Otto Haakenstad was elected President; Dr. James P. Burrill, Vice President, Ralph P. Baird as Secretary and Treasurer; Directors’ Nominating Committee– W.H. Humphrey, S.A.Torgerson, Clara B. Wright, B.G. Allen, Chas M. Page, Organizing Committee, Allen, Bill McRoberts, Humphrey; Other Committees suggested – water level, pollution, weed and algae control, mosquito control, lawn weeds control, speed boat control, speed limits (roads), road congestion (North Shore Drive), Taxes, Utility, Zoning; Dues were set at $5; Membership committee – adopted a “beach captain” system to recruit members;

1950 - Articles of incorporation were filed; on March 4, 1950, DL Property Owners Association was officially dissolved, and Lake Detroiters Association, Inc. was created. This date appears in minute book as “Original Meeting” It appears that there were 50 members of the Association. On Aprill 22, 1950 the Board approved markers at several danger spots in the lake (the sand bar); also requested that a light be installed on Allen’s point to benefit motorists (sic) getting into trouble on the shallow water. In May the Directors commended (the City?) on the addition of sand to the beach at the pavilion. On

May 21, 1950, the Directors reported on extensive activities by city to relieve pollution of lake via Pelican River, and a proposal to Park Board to build (and own) a weed cutting machine On June 14, 1950, Directors approved mosquito spraying for North Shore Drive at cost of $1.25 per home per week for 13 weeks from June 10 to September.

The First annual meeting took place on July 8, 1950. Among topics covered was the approval of a “code of ethics”, lighting by City of Allen’s point to benefit boaters in distress (e.g. sheared pins)., signposting of channel, beautification of highway 10 approach to city, pollution problems, insect and lake-weed spraying, unfair tax treatment by homestead exemption.

1951 – Membership was reported to be 131; at the board meeting on July 7, 1951, Judge Vogel was named President; it was reported that the DL Park Board is building a weed-cutting machine. Standing committees were: Committees – membership (beach captains) ,Watercraft, Utility and Taxes, Weed and Algae Control, Annual Bulletin, Auditing, Roads and Traffic, Insects and Weed Control, Fish and Game, Property Protection, Water Level, Sanitation and Pollution.

1952 - At the Annual Meeting, it was reported that there was $857 in treasury; concerns included re-routing of highway 59, support for a Northern Pike rearing pond, establishing a reward for cottage theft information; a special committee was appointed to explore possibilities of dredging areas of the lake as a means of algae and weed control. There was board support for the idea that city should regulate water levels during the winter months to prevent damage to properties; it was also agreed to support the idea of re-building of a dam at the outlet of Lake Detroit; The Board divided the shoreline into 25 neighborhoods and assured the City that the Assn will rent the City’s weed-cutting machine; recommended that owners be allowed to use resident fishing license on lake on which they own property.

1953 - At the annual meeting, it was reported that a bank balance of $3172; there was much discussion about the use of sodium arsenite, facilitated by change in State law; there was continued support for use of mosquito control.

1954 - Annual Meeting – the minutes refered to discussion of dredging job undertaken by the Inland Lakes Boat Club - Lake Detroiters paid $150; $1681 was spent on a an Aquatic Weed Killing Project which involved 1.25 miles of shoreline – results declared “spotty” by Tom Rogstad, Chair of the project; membership included 129 active, plus 21 Sustaining members (local businesses).

1955 - Annual Meeting; fingers were pointed at North Star Dairy milk plant which “contributes much to a bad lake water and weed condition.”; there was an attempt to get County to deputize Clem TeVogt to help deal with “wild boaters”; since the state refused to stock DL, Lake Detroiters ran their own stocking program; weed kill was reported to be approximately 50% this year – cost $1750.

1956 - Annual Meeting; there was $3799.82 cash on hand with 104 active members, 3sustaining, 2 associates; Clem TeVogt was deputized as a County sheriff, in order to help control boaters, especially water skiers.

1957 - Annual Meetingmajor concern was water weeds. weed control – Rogstad proposed 2 applications per year; the Association agreed to pay half of the cost of channel dredging, not to exceed $200; Watercraft committee also is working on lights on the channel and boat launch ramps. $2095 was spent on weed control – at annual meeting, vote to continue weed spraying – 23 yes, 2 no; mosquito control $16 per household.

1958 - Annual Meeting spray problems reported by Rogstad – wanted a demonstration area to address “greatest” problem from a weed called “sago”; Motion authorized Rogstad purchase a ton of chemical (copper sulfate) to be used for purpose of weed and algae growth (residents can pick up a supply at his garage – bring your own container); growing concern about speed boats and water skiing violations.

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