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Cabin Life in Itasca County
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Dangers of Rural Living:
Ticks, Algae, Poison Ivy, Black Bears


In woods and grasslands ALL Summer, Spring, Fall

and even mild days in the Winter!


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There is also danger in the water from

Blue-Green Algae!


Click here for the Jar-Stick Test

(but be very careful!)



And don't forget to watch for

Poison Ivy

Picture of poison ivy

Here is a link to test you ID knowledge:

More links can be found from there.



Black Bears
Itasca County's Northwoods Guide
Everything the County wants you to know about being a Property Owner in Itasca County.
Or even better is our own:
NEW: Lyme Disease Information
   Lyme disease has come to Itasca County.  To learn how to protect yourself and your family click on these links to the Minnesota Department of Health:
Surefire way to remove woodticks (from the Jessie Lake Association's Jabber): 

Wood Tick Removal. Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children or your pets. It is recommended by a nurse so give it a try.

    A School Nurse has written the info below—good enough to share—and it really works!!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with a tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It really works.”


DNR: Deer Lake DOCK DATA 2007- Because the cumulative impacts of “so many and so large” on fish habitat seen around the state has caused remarkably diminished fish diversity and populations the DNR is considering increasing dock regulations.  Below is the 2007 data from Deer Lake.


1.  Total number of first tier homes     N = 290

2.  Total number of docks                   N = 323    (15 of these are commercial, 308 are private)

A.  Docks part of commercial properties         N = 15

6 Resorts, 3 Campgrounds, 0 Marinas, 6 Shared Access (all of these are legal size)

B.  Private docks                                             N = 308

287 (97%) are Legal size, 15 (5%)Temporarily exempted, 6 (2%) are Illegal


Most of the illegal sized docks are in the 180 - 190 sq. ft. range.  Only one is extremely large and that one is 400 sq. ft.


Current regulations permit one dock per parcel installed to reach navigable water, provided the dock is no larger than eight feet wide and doesn't obstruct navigation.  Dock platforms no larger than 10.5' by 16' (or 170 sq ft) were temporarily exempted for the summer of 2007.
This report about boating safety has recently been sent in by the Brandt Family of Echo Bay:
I am an angler and proud of it. Why? Because anglers are the most friendly bunch of people. They smile and wave, give the "thumbs up", say hello.
But sometimes they are so friendly they get too close which can be quite dangerous to the other boat. Perhaps they have never been on a small boat and don’t understand how their boat’s wake can affect others in smaller, more tippy craft like sailboats, canoes and kayaks.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, capsizing and falls overboard are the most common type of fatal boating accidents in the country. In Minnesota, most boating deaths are the result someone falling overboard or a boating tipping over and ejecting its passengers into the water. Sometimes the victims are good swimmers, but they drown anyway.  Without a life jacket, sudden immersion causes a reflexive gasp for air which can draw water into the victim’s lungs. Tragically, drowning is the most likely outcome.
As a boater, Minnesota state law says you are legally responsible for your craft’s wake and "you may not operate your boat so the wake endangers, harasses, or interferes with any person or property." Also, "Non-motorized craft (sailboats, canoes, etc.) have the right-of-way over motorized craft in all situations, except when the non-motorized is overtaking or passing."

To learn more about this and other boating laws, people can order a free copy of the "Minnesota Boating Guide, a summary of boating rules" by calling the DNR toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR, or emailing
So remember anglers, when you are heading to your favorite fishing hole, please keep a good safe distance away from smaller boats, especially unpowered craft. But don’t forget to wave!

From the Brandts, Echo Bay on Deer Lake

Below are a few excerpts found in the 2006 edition of the
DNR's Boating Guide :

p.29– Non-Motorized Craft Non-motorized craft (sailboats, canoes, etc.) have the right-of-way over motorized craft in all situations, except when the non-motorized is overtaking or passing.

p.33– GENERAL PROHIBITIONS It’s against the law:
To operate a watercraft in a careless or reckless manner.
To operate a watercraft so that its wash or wake endangers, harasses, or interferes with any person or property.
p.34– To operate a watercraft so that it obstructs or interferes with the take off, landing, or taxiing of a seaplane.

What accident causes the most deaths among boaters? Falls overboard and capsizing. Collisions with a second boat or another object don’t just happen. They are usually the result of inattention, fatigue, and a lack of knowledge about local water conditions.

p.44–DIVER'S FLAG RED AND WHITE OTHER WATER ACTIVITIES SCUBA DIVING Scuba divers must display a warning flag when diving. Boats not involved with the diving operation must remain 150 feet away from a flag. (Much more info on this in the regulations)

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Burning household trash in barrels (like in the old days) is now strictly forbidden throughout Minnesota by law. Burning construction debris is also illegal. Trash and construction debris should be taken to the County Transfer Station/Landfill located on Hwy 62 (E. Bass Lake Road) just north of Cohasset, or collected by a commercial waste hauler for disposal (see Yellow Pages).
Burning brush and other vegetative debris requires a permit and is restricted in hours and banned outright when conditions are too dry.
Household Trash and Recycling for cans, bottles, plastic and paper is available at the County Transfer station/Landfill on Hwy 62 north of Cohasset. Electronic equipment can no longer be thrown in the trash but must recycled as well. This is a new law and the details are still in the works.  Hazardous substance are also accepted: call ahead at 328-5801. Note that prepaid Dump Tickets are required and collected for the quantity of trash. They CANNOT be purchased at the Landfill, but are widely available in various stores and gas-stations throughout the county.
Firewood is available at the County Transfer Station on Hwy 62 from the Probation Restitution Work Service department. Call Landfill (328-5801) for further information. Bring a trailer and they will fill it with good split firewood at the going rate per cord. There are also some private loggers that will bring a load to your cabin (look in the Herald Review want-ads). The best time to acquire fire wood is early summer.
Bathing in the Lake is a tradition long-held but a bad idea. Soaps and shampoos should not be allowed into the lake. Even in small quantities the effects can be noticeable and long-lasting.  So-called "biodegradable" soaps without phosphate still pollute the lake because they only degrade quickly in soil, not water.  In the water the degrading process is much, much longer, leaving the aquatic life in danger of its lingering toxicity.  Most campgrounds and wilderness areas require that the soapy water used for bathing or cleaning be dumped well back upon land or in a special repository.  If we treat the lake like a bath-tub, it will become one!
Dog Etiquette    Summertime is particularly busy with dogs. Keeping ones dog under control is not only courteous, it is a safety issue under some circumstances. Dogs that wander off their property ought to be collared, contained, and or leashed. It is not fair to other residents. 
Fireworks laws in Minnesota have been updated recently, and some folks think everything is now legal.  FAR FROM TRUE!! As you can see from the chart below, everything that flies or bangs is still prohibited. The Sheriff will enforce the laws: call 911 or 326-3477 and nip it in the bud.
Specifically Permitted
Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams of pyrotechnic composition per item. Ground-based sparkling devices which are non-explosive and non aerial, and contain 75 grams or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tube items and include: fountains, cones, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, flash / strobes, and novelty devices including snakes, glow worms, trick noisemakers, party poppers, and snappers.
Specifically Prohibited
Firecrackers, torpedoes, missiles, skyrockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, daygo bombs, mines and shells, chasers, and parachutes.