Wednesday, April 24, 2013
After a plan to lower the lake level was approved, St. Michael is now applying for a grant.
Past issues with Beebe Lake flooding and erosion due to changing water levels has now led to action to prevent it from happening in the future. The St. Michael City Council held a public hearing in March, followed by a unanimous approval of a resolution for modifications to the DNR Beebe Lake permit. During the March meeting, WSB & Associates, who completed a Beebe Lake water level analysis for the city, presented six possible options to alleviate the flooding and associated costs. Ultimately, a three-phase approach was recommended – and approved by the St. Michael City Council at their March 26 meeting. The first phase is to lower the normal water level of Beebe Lake by 1.5 feet, according to the March 26 meeting minutes. "We intend to …
Friday, February 22, 2013
After removal dates, shelters may remain on Pelican and other surrounding area lakes between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.
From Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR): Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are approaching, and dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off lakes such as Bebee and Pelican no later than midnight on March 4. Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadlines. Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confiscate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier should ice conditions warrant. For border waters, the shelter removal deadlines are: Minnesota-Iowa, Feb. 20; Minnesota-Wisconsin, March 1; Minnesota-North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5; …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The St. Michael City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month.
The St. Michael City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the St. Michael City Center. Included on the agenda is discussion for a proposed 5K race that Alleluia Church is planning in October and also the Beebe Lake trail project. The city of Hanover received grant money from the DNR to create a trail with the city of St. Michael around Beebe Lake. Plans currently in place have the trail only 8 feet across when the DNR requires it to be 10 feet. Discussion is expected to take place on the trail and how the project will move forward. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Friday, May 11, 2012
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Minnesota has seen more than its fair share of cold, wet and windy fishing openers, but it doesn't look like 2012 will be one of them. Forecasts call for clear skies with morning lows in the upper 40s and afternoon highs in the high 70s. The fishing season officially begins at the stroke of midnight, and Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) expects anglers to find a good bite throughout the state. Read the metro area fishing outlook here. Minnesota is the nation’s leader in fishing participation (28 percent of residents age 16 or older buy a license). About 500,000 anglers typically hit the water on opening day, and about 1.4 million people buy Minnesota fishing licenses each year. Fishing licenses are available at most local …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The city is looking for new ways to manage high water levels on the lake, beyond spending more than $50,000 in unbudgeted funds, as it did last year.
Residents of Beebe Lake are invited to attend a neighborhood information meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at city hall with members of the St. Michael City Council as the city and the lake’s association team up to address water woes along the lake. City staff will present St. Michael’s plans to evaluate options and ultimately come up with a solution for the lake’s flooding issues, with hopes that a new plan will be implemented some time in 2012. According to City Engineer Steve Bot, also the city’s assistant administrator, the City of St. Michael spent more than $50,000 last year in unbudgeted funds to sandbag, pump and control water levels on the lake, which rose to record levels due to heavy snow in 2011 and rains throughout the spring. While …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Despite the warm daytime temperatures, it looks like Friday's big event is a go thanks to freezing temps in the evening.
There will be some modifications, but the St. Michael Lions think Saturday's ice fishing contest will be good to go. The crew will be out drilling holes in Beebe Lake Friday afternoon, after 2 p.m., and will re-evaluate Saturday morning. The 14th annual ice fishing tournament, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, is one of the largest fundraisers for the local Lions Club, which shares Lions International’s mission of service and eye health. Funds raised from this year’s tournament benefit everything from local scholarships (for St. Michael-Albertville High School graduates) to other community service projects. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. They are available from Lions members or at the Hardware Hank store in St. Michael…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The ice is thick enough, the temps are going to be ideal, and there are hundreds of prizes set to be given away on Beebe Lake Saturday morning.
Worried about thin ice? Forget about it, the St. Michael Lions say. There’s a layer about 16 inches thick on Beebe Lake today, and with temperatures at night below freezing, that’s not going anywhere. “We’re more concerned about a storm,” said Joe Dehmer, a longtime Lion and one of this year’s organizers for the annual St. Michael Lions Ice Fishing Contest. “This is such a family event, we love it when we can have some good weather and get the kids out there.” The ice fishing tournament, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, is one of the largest fundraisers for the local Lions Club, which shares Lions International’s mission of service and eye health. Funds raised from this year’s tournament benefit everything from local scholarships (…
Friday, January 13, 2012
A shack used for ice fishing on Beebe Lake was perilously close to going down Thursday. However, the winter's coldest temperatures have improved conditions heading into the weekend.
Beebe Lake homeowners watched as a pair of fish houses were perilously close to becoming one with the bottom of the lake Thursday afternoon. One house was rescued before dark. It's not known if someone came after dark to claim the other house that was already partially submerged on Thursday night, but it was not on the lake Friday morning. Still, ice in most areas of the lake that are normally fished–typically Ernst Bay and on shallow areas near the lake's largest island–were full of activity Friday with both adults getting out for some fishing, and by kids who were enjoying a day off from school. "You're not going to drive a truck on it," said one angler, who requested not to be named. "But you can get out here if you're careful. We've …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The council will also discuss ways to control high water on Bebee Lake and methods of funding the necessary improvements at tonight's meeting.
The St. Michael City Council will lay out its plans for the 2012 budget, beginning with Assistant City Administrator Steve Bot's presentation at tonight's meeting. The council was able to hold last year's general fund levy mostly flat for 2011, but some major bond payments are due beginning in 2012, including the downtown redevelopment district and the Highway 241 "one-way pair." The city will also hear from Administrator Bob Derus, who will discuss methods of covering costs for improvements on Beebe Lake, which the city will help with flood problems. The St. Michael City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each week. The meeting is open to the public.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Sandbags can be seen on many shorelines as the lake reaches record water levels. "Right now, I'm dreading next spring," said one homeowner.
It's a warm, sunny Thursday on Beebe Lake. Brian Hall's boat moves through the water slowly, so as not to create a wake on the high water. We make our way to the regional park. "Where in the world?" he asks, cutting himself off. No one is on the lake. Yet. With high 80s and abundant sunshine expected, that will change. But Beebe, which has become a decent fishing lake over the last few years, is dead quiet. There are no other boats, no guests on shore. "I can't believe no one is out here today," Hall said. The truth is, the high water on Beebe Lake is doing more than just damaging shorelines. It's hurting business. There's no one fishing, spreading fish stories. There's no one enjoying the sun. Like Hall said ... nothing. Beebe Lake…