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Committed to the Cause

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team is the driving force of Linwood Lake Improvement Association. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization. Read on to learn more about LLIA committees.

Finance Committee

Shari Melsa Chair

The Finance Committee is in charge of overseeing the yearly budget formation for every committee within our organization.  They maintain the budget manual and make sure all committees are adhering to their submitted yearly budgets.  Our Budget Committee along with our entire Board maintains fiscal responsibility for LLIA. Budget Committee members are Shari Melsa, John Murphy, & Kerry Goldstrand


Anoka County AIS Citizen Monitoring Program

Russ & Betheny Wyandt

Citizen Monitoring Program Lead Volunteers Russ & Betheny Wyandt map and survey the lake looking for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  This type of work is essential to the future health of our lake. Early detection of non-native plants and animals, followed up by fast response control efforts can help to reduce negative impact and management costs. Any samples found to be containing AIS are documented using the Anoka County Citizen Monitoring Survey Data Sheets. All data sheets are submitted to Anoka County Parks & Recreation. For some lakes and streams, volunteer monitoring provides the only data available, making this work indispensable.


Fundraising Committee

Shari Melsa Chair

The Fundraising Committee's job is not simply to raise money. The major responsibility of the fundraising committee is to raise the amount needed to meet the proposed budget and to work cooperatively with the Board.  To achieve those objectives the committee plans new and creative events for the community to enjoy that will benefit the LLIA mission. 


Grant Committee

Kerry Goldstrand Chair

Our Grant Committee plays a critical role in the ongoing development plans and implementation of lake treatments for Linwood Lake.  Many of our initiative would not be possible with out a grant.
The contributions of time and expertise ensures the Board of a fair and thoughtful decision-making process when applying grants that strengthens our community  and our lake through their work.

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Highway Cleanup

Dana Lonien Chair

LLIA Highway Cleanup Project enables residents to volunteer and participate in Adopt a Highway Program to pick up litter along Highway 22/ Viking Blvd. in Linwood Township. Two times a year it gives our environmentally conscious residents the opportunity to make a personal contribution to a cleaner environment.

  • Keep roadsides beautiful and free of litter

  • Show that Minnesotans care about their state and Township

  • Save taxpayers money


Holiday Lights

Ted Engen Chair

Once you get them untangled, holiday lights are key to picture-perfect Christmas scene.  Wrap them on decks and porches, stuff them in bushes and trees, hang them from the rooftops, and just about everywhere else you can think of for the most cheerful house around Linwood Lake.

Coming soon - details on how you can participate in LLIA Holiday Lights Contest.


Ice Cleanup

Jerry Ponto Chair

Ice comes into the lakes in December and goes out in March, April or even May.   What is left behind becomes the responsibility of Jerry to cleanup before this trash can pollute Linwood Lake.
Ice in dates for 2017
Ice out dates for 2018


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Committee


The purpose of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is to  prevent and control the spread of invasive plants and animals in our lake for the betterment of the lake and water quality. The AIS committee personnel work closely with state and county stakeholders to become better educated and stay informed of the various Aquatic Invasive Species that threaten our lake. The AIS Committee is responsible for developing an aquatic invasive species management plan, for collaborating with local, state, and federal entities, for public outreach and education, and for assessing and treating noxious weeds and other non-native invasive species on Linwood Lake. This work is done to assure the viability and long-term survival of native, rare, and traditionally used species and their habitats.


Membership Coordinator


The Membership Coordinator compiles basic membership statistics.  Sends account update reminders and membership renewal notices.



Brian Ganas Chair

The Newsletter Committee exists to provide a quarterly newsletter publication for LLIA members. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep members informed of LLIA activities. 


Resident Directory


Our Resident Directory profile includes primary & secondary owner names, address, phone, email, etc. Residents can update their information at any time. Directory are published every other year and are free to all paying members.

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