I would like to personally thank the six volunteers who participated in our county-wide water quality monitoring program this year.
Hopefully your efforts will help to make a difference in shaping policies with regard to lakeshore and watershed development in the future.
The following people pioneered the sampling program that we hope will grow much larger in the near future:
Marvin Kaiser -- Marvin is a retired firefighter, handyman, auto mechanic, maintenance man, you name it, who still practices many of these titles in his spare time, what little he gets what with helping out his kids and grandkids with their homes. Marv also assembled the integrated samplers for our program in addition to doing the water sampling for Serpent Lake. Marv currently lives on Serpent, though he spent many years on Little Hamlet as well, and has always been environmentally conscious with regard to water quality, and has done monitoring work in the past for our lakes.
Dee Cullen -- Dee moved to Loon Lake near Deerwood four years ago after 20 years of running a bed and breakfast and maid service for 20 years. Dee and her husband, Mark, are on the Red Cross National Disaster Team and have traveled much of the United States during times of disaster. They also want to preserve our greatest asset here in the north country, our water.
Sandy Holm -- Sandra Holm has a varied background in the water quality field. She has a master's degree in limnology from St. Cloud State University. Before that she served as a Peace Corps biological science instructor in Colombia, South America. Locally, she was the first technical coordinator for the Mississippi Headwaters River Watch program and the Crow Wing County Water Planning Task Force. She has served on several boards, including the Citizen Advisory Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society and the Crow Wing County Lakes and River Alliance.
Libby Millsop -- Libby Millsop, volunteer sampler for Dolney Lake near Emily and the daughter of Joni and Mark Millsop, is a senior at Crosby-Ironton High School. She enjoys bicycling, swimming and hanging out with her Chesapeake. Using the example set by her mother, Libby has volunteered many times through church and in the community, including attending weeklong work camps in Missouri and Wyoming to help repair housing for the disadvantaged. Her dad, a geologist and part owner of GME Consultants in Crosby, has assisted Libby in sampling Dolney; somebody has to get wet holding the bottles! Libby plans to attend a four-year college, possibly Concordia-Moorhead.
Bob Ledin -- Bob lives in Rogers, with his wife, Linda. They have three children and four grandchildren. Bob is a semi-retired homebuilder. They have a cabin by Deerwood, where they spend as much time as possible. Bob enjoys going "up north" for hunting, fishing, walking and just to enjoy nature. He volunteered for this project because he wanted to learn as much as possible about keeping Minnesota waters clean and natural.
Katie Brine-Doyle -- Katie's love of this area and its lakes began when her family moved from the Twin Cities to a small family resort on Lower Whitefish Lake in the mid-1970s. Though she left the Brainerd lakes area for college and as a young professional, the beauty and peacefulness of living on a lake stayed with her. When she and her husband, Eric, were working in Chicago and expecting their first child, they decided to move back north. They now live on Bass Lake in Mission Township with their family, which now includes three young children. Katie is a stay-at-home mom and became a water quality monitoring volunteer because of her interest in preserving this wonderful resource and way of life for herself, her children and others who live in or visit the area. She is also involved in the Mission Township Park Committee, on the Pequot Lakes Early Childhood Family Education advisory board, is a Sunday school teacher at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, and helps with the Crosslake Girl Scout program.
There are many Crow Wing County residents who love our lakes. A big thank you to these six residents, who are among those who show their love of nature by giving their time to help us to learn more. Hope to see you again next year.
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