I moved to Harrisons Bay with my husband, Bill, in 2012. During a busy time in our lives we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have the lake in our back yard and took advantage of evening boat rides and Lord Fletcher’s dinners. Now we have 3 grown kids and 2 grandchildren who love hanging at the lake. Three years ago I retired as an IT Program Manager, a career that focused on managing projects of all types.
Last summer I joined forces with Jane Anderson as a co-bay captain for Harrisons Bay through the Lake Minnetonka Association. I found a passion in learning about Lake Management and Conservation and have worked to create relationships with the Minnehaha Creek watershed, DNR, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, U of MN and other organizations. I just finished my training as a Minnesota Water Stewards installed of a raingarden at the end of Overland Lane. I am concerned about our water quality and the frequency of algae blooms, the damage that carp do to the ecosystem and the invasion of non-native vegetation that is preventing the healthy native plants to thrive. Harrisons has a wonderful community of people and I can’t wait to meet more neighbors.
I have been a resident on Harrisons Bay for 17 years. My kids grew up on this lake. We looked like the Clampetts family pulling screaming kids on a tube behind our pontoon boat. My kids learned to surf behind the wake boat of a patient and generous neighbor, one of the first boats of its kind on the Bay. We would lay on our backs on the dock at night and watch the stars. It was SO MUCH FUN!
But I’ve witnessed the Bay change over the years. Weeds are getting unmanageable. Carp have invaded our shoreline. My riprap failed to withstand the pounding of the huge waves generated by wake boats (we didn’t realize the damage the boats were doing back then!). Noise ordinances are shattered. Neighbors shine lights so bright I can no longer see the stars like I once did.
So I decided to get involved in. What has culminated is creation of Harrisons Bay Association. Our intention is to unite and make decisions regarding our Bay TOGETHER! Thank you for being interested!
A bit about me: I grew up in St. Paul, got my Genetics Degree from the U of M, and an MBA at St. Thomas. I think its ironic that I worked on splicing growth gene into walleye DNA to create huge fish, for the purpose of attracting anglers to Minnesota Lakes with revenue that trailed. The movie JAWs helped end that project; people were frightened the fish would get too big and scary. I don’t blame them… I work for Medtronic where I am invited by Neurosurgeons all over the world to coach them to deliver a stent across a brain aneurysm (…wait for it…) through a poke in the wrist. Very cool stuff!
My wife Julie and I moved into our current house on Harrisons Bay in 1998. We have raised our 3 children here and have loved living on this beautiful bay. Our oldest 2 children are out of the house and youngest is a Sophomore at the U of Mn. All 3 come home often to enjoy the lake. I work for a wine and spirits distributer in Bloomington.
I became aware of the Harrisons Bay Association last summer and when my friend Jane Anderson informed me of the beginnings of the association with Sheri Wallace. I came to meetings and volunteered to be a fund raiser (Skipper) last fall. I think this is a wonderful movement both for the quality of the bay waters and the surrounding users of the bay. I am running for the board to help keep the momentum going forward in this positive association. Jane and Sheri cannot do this alone, so we all need to do our part to help. I also donate and help raise funds for the Westonka Walleye Program, another very worthwhile Association for our bay.
Bart moved to Harrisons Bay in 2017 with wife of 30 years, Kari. They raised 4 children together (who are now grown and in their 20s) across 18 years in Edina where they were both very active in the community. Bart coached a variety of youth sports through the high school level, including 16 years of volunteer coaching in the hockey association. Bart and Kari are active lake enthusiasts and have been on the water in some way for a large portion of their adult lives, most of which has been on Lake Minnetonka. He has been with United Healthgroup (UHG) for more than 21+ years, and now heads up product development/innovation for a variety of consumer driven solutions. Prior to joining UHG, Bart played an active leadership role in a healthcare industry start up and worked in risk management and financial operations for Wells Fargo (9+ years). Bart was born and raised in MN, graduating from St. Olaf College and completing graduate MBA coursework from the University of MN Carlson School of Management. He has previous volunteer/advisory board work with Wooddale Church, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra, and several start-up companies. He is passionate about lake life and is committed to finding ways together to make Harrisons Bay as great as it can be.
My husband and I moved here in February of 1997 and received our dock slip in April 1997 through the Mound Dock Program. For the last 25 years, we have gotten to know many people in the Mound community, and have enjoyed lake life. We spend most of our time in Harrison Bay, so the quality of the water, the traffic conditions, and shoreline erosion are of great concern to us. I have been actively involved in multiple organizations within our community including our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, the Westonka Food Shelf, and the Dreamwood neighborhood. I look forward to getting to better know my neighbors on Harrison Bay and supporting the Harrison Bay Association.