Northern Lakes

No region of the state better demonstrates the tensions between what defines Minnesota as a place of natural beauty and the unrestrained development pressures associated with population and economic growth. The Northern Lakes Region is truly blessed with clean lakes, meandering rivers, abundant forests and wildlife. Its clear waters and clean air serve as the cornerstone for a quality of place seldom equaled in the nation and the basis for sustained economic growth. With easy access to trails, parks, hunting and fishing, and an aura of tranquility that conveys what many feel is the unique spirit of the North Woods, the region’s amenities have become a powerful lure for tourists, second homebuyers and retiring seniors.

Region Leader: Don Hickman, 218-821-5623,
Facilitator: Barb Radke, 218-340-1402,

Meeting Schedule

  • October 23, 2006 - Senior Center, Hackensack
  • November 10, 2006 - Sawmill Inn, Grand Rapids
  • November 17, 2006 - MPCA Building, Baxter

Meeting Participants

  • Don Hickman, Initiative Foundation
  • Joel Stokka, Minnesota Sportfishing Coalition
  • John Ringle, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Reed Larson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Harold Burle, Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association
  • Mike Duval, Department of Natural Resources
  • Dave Olfelt, Department of Natural Resources
  • Bruce Cox, Clearwater County
  • Art Norton, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dan Steward, Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Phil Hunsicker, 1000 Friends of Minnesota
  • Tom Buss, Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation
  • David Lick, Itasca Coalition of Lakes Associations
  • Dr. Harold Dziuk, Itasca Coalition of Lake Associations
  • Garry Johanson, Naterra Lands
  • Paula West, Minnesota Waters
  • Steve Young, Headwaters Trout Unlimited
  • Becky Knowles, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Rod Ustipak, Ducks Unlimited
  • Kathy Schroeder, Tourism Director, Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce
  • Mike North, Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society
  • Kristen Blann, The Nature Conservancy
  • Kris Larson, Minnesota Land Trust
  • Todd Holman, The Nature Conservancy
  • Eleanor Burkett, U of M Extension
  • Jim Gustafson, Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • John Schaubach, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center & Cuyuna Trails Group
  • John Sumption, Cass County Environmental Services
  • Tim James, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency