North Long Lake Association

For the residents and friends of North Long Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area.

In Memoriam

We are extremely sad to announce the death of Jim Weiss, our NLLA board president. Jim died unexpectedly on February 16th from a medical condition.
Jim was a friend to all who knew him. He worked tirelessly on behalf of our lake association and for the long term health of North Long Lake. Jim enjoyed the lake as well; you probably saw him out with his wife Jan in one of the few sailboats on the lake. Or on his pontoon with his entire family.
He and Jan moved to North Long Lake after retiring from Hormel in 2017. Jim was elected to the NLLA board in 2020 and elected president in 2021. As NLLA board president, Jim was an effective and respected leader; taking on the role as board president soon after joining the board. Beyond his willingness to take responsibility as leader of our association, Jim was enthusiastic about taking part in all of our projects.
Jim will be greatly missed as a colleague and a friend.


2024 Annual Meeting and Picnic

The 2024 annual meeting will held on Saturday, July 20th at Legionville.  After a short business meeting, we'll have door prizes and lunch.  There will be booths with representatives from AW Research (lake and well water testing), Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, and (we hope) the DNR. 


2024 Board Elections

The NLLA Board of Directors, consistent with our association by-laws, has conducted a special election and elected the following officers:
President - Jim Anderson
Vice President - Chuck Knopik
Treasurer - Patrick Schiller-Michels
Secretary - Martha Weaver-West
These officers will serve until board the board selects officers following the 2024 Board elections at our annual meeting.

Our board elections will be conducted in July at the annual meeting.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please send a note the  Board officers for 2024-2025 will be elected at the board meeting following the annual meeting.


July 4th Boat Parade

Please plan to participate in our 2024 July 4th boat parade as it circles 371 Bay; starting at 4pm.  The 2023 July 4th boat parade was a big success in spite of less than ideal weather.  Thanks to Claire and Stephanie Esser for organizing the event.  See the slideshow on our NLLA YouTube Channel here.


Curly Leaf Pondweed

The association has treated a 3 acre area in the northeast section of Merrifield Bay for Curly Leaf Pondweed annually.  This is an annual treatment and the area to be treated is based on an evaluation each year - with approval by the DNR.  This year, we identified additional areas to be treated on the south side of Merrifield Bay.  As a result, we are now treating a total of approximately 10 acres.  


Loon Nests

How did your loons do this spring?  If you have a loon nest (natural or artificial) on your lakeshore, please contact Harris Goldstein at   We'd like to know how successful the hatch was this year and whether the nest is one owned by the association.



North Long Lake Association, PO Box 54, Merrifield, MN  56465

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