“I serve on BLID because I want to give back to something that gives so much, to learn what I can do to preserve this wonderful natural resource I call home and to share with others what I’ve learned and what we can accomplish together.
My wife Tori and I have lived on Blue Lake since June of 2017. When I’m not enjoying the lake, I lead the manufacturing and supply chain team for Loram Maintenance of Way in Hamel,
“With the growing number of homes on Blue Lake and with the popularity of day visitors, it’s important that we all look for ways to monitor and improve the quality of our lake. Property values and lake enjoyment ride on caring for our natural resource; without good quality water, we all lose. That is why I serve on the BLID board.”
Now semi-retired from a career in Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Bill works for the CPA firm, LaFayette and Plath, in Richfield, MN during the income tax season. The extended Fredell family have been enjoying Blue Lake since 1957.
“My grandfather built a cabin on Blue Lake in the early '30s, so I have been able to enjoy the lake all of my life. Much has changed in that time including the increased population around the lake and the decline in the quality of the lake itself. That is why I have been a long-time member of the Blue Lake Association and was eager to be a part of the BLID when it was formed in 2013 to take actions to improve lake water quality.
I became a full-time resident on the lake in 2012 and retired from a career in public accounting and community banking in 2014. I recently went back to work part-time with the Freshwater Society whose mission is to "educate and inspire people to value, conserve and protect water resources."
“My husband, Jay, and I came to Blue Lake in 2000. Our first cabin was located on the west side, near the middle of the lakeshore. At that time, Blue Lake was perceived as being “up north.” The large trees that lined the shoreline hid the smaller cabins and homes. While walking in the water at the shoreline, hundreds of newly hatched fish would follow your steps. As the earth has warmed and the phosphate load increased into the lake, Blue Lake looks more green than blue, and walking now in the shallow water only about 20 fish follow my steps. Blue Lake is precious to many as a part or full-time home.
As a retired dental hygienist with a Master’s in Public Health, my focus is prevention and health. I know if everyone participates in improving the health of Blue Lake, we will be able to maintain the beauty and enjoyment for many years to come.”
"Blue Lake is our home, and we intend to stay on the lake for many years to come. We really enjoy lake living. I wanted to help maintain and improve the quality of the lake for all uses including fishing, swimming, boating or just watching a beautiful sunrise/sunset. I also wanted to learn more about how the lake ecosystem changes with development. I believe a good balance can be reached to allow people to enjoy the lake while maintaining water quality. BLID and the Lake Association have been great ways to meet people on the lake.”
John has worked in IT for Medtronic for 29 years. John and Melissa have lived on the lake for 15 years and enjoy entertaining family and friends at the lake.
"I have been fortunate enough to live on three lakes in our community -- Green Lake (1973-1992), Little Elk Lake (1993-2000), and now Blue Lake (2015-present). Clean water has been a passion of mine my entire adult life, and I was blessed to work for a company for 20 years that raised millions of dollars during Earth Month to protect and provide clean water around the world. Helping ensure that Blue Lake remains clean and free of invasive species is why I serve on the Blue Lake Improvement District Board."
Jill was a Human Resources Executive at Aveda Corporation for 20 plus years. In 2019, she pursued her dream of becoming a teacher. She is now a Special Education Teacher at Zimmerman Middle School and loving lake life with her husband Joe, especially now that she has the summers off!
“My wife, Sonja, and I moved to Blue Lake (on the east side just north of the boat landing) 18 years ago in 2002 and have enjoyed year-round living on the lake ever since. Over that time, I have grown to understand the personal responsibility of each person using the lake to protect the quality of the lake so that future generations may enjoy it for many years to come.”
Dan has been President/CEO of Guardian Angels of Elk River, a faith based non-profit senior care provider in Minnesota, since July 2001. He holds a B.A. degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN in Long Term Care Administration (1980).
INVASIVE WEED TREATMENT
John Bistodeau, Chair
EDUCATION / COMMUNICATION
Bill Fredell, Chair
Members: Deanna Louie
AIS WATERCRAFT INSPECTION/Web
Jill Gohman, Chair
LAKE WATER QUALITY MONITORING & STUDIES
Dan Dixon, Chair
Member: Grant Warning