MLR 25th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting

June 17-18, 2019

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Northern Lights Casino, Walker, MN

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MLR Update

Read all the latest in the MLR Update:  MLR Update March 2019

Our Mission

To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links among lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers.


  • Lead in efforts to fund and implement a comprehensive statewide plan to halt the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.
  • Work to reform lakeshore Property Taxes to protect lakeshore from overdevelopment and to keep the lake legacy affordable for future generations.
  • Strive to protect surface Water Quality in Minnesota with information and policy priorities.
  • Work with policy makers to advocate Aquatic Habitat measures, and work with Lake Association members to implement aquatic plant management.
  • Lead in advocating for strong Shoreline and Forestland Stewardship incentives.
  • Offer Legacy Seminars to help ensure the treasured family heritage of time a the lake or in the woods with family can continue for generations to come.


MSRPO has become Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates to reflect our broadening mission and member concerns. We were formed in 1994 to represent recreational property owners at the State Capitol but have since represented all who are not only interested in property taxes but in the overall health and well being of their surrounding environment.

From a few cabins on Lake Vermilion, MLR has grown to represent over 6,000 families that own lakeshore and forestland. Their issues now include not only major tax reform, but water quality, shoreline regulations, habitat protection, forest fragmentation, and shoreline over-development.


MLR 25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration

June 17-18, 2019
Northern Lights Casino
Walker, MN

Registration is Limited - So Register Today!

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Monday, June 17th
4:00 pm   
Cash Bar and Music

4:45 pm    

5:00 pm    
Legislative Update and Walleye Dinner and Impacts on Lakes

  • Senator Carrie Ruud (R) Dist. 10, and Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee

  • Rep. John Persell (DFL) Dist. 5A, and Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee

  • Paul Huttner, MPR Meteorologist - “Changing Weather Patterns and the Impacts we can Expect on our Lakes and Rivers”

Tuesday, June 18th
8:00 am             
Continental Breakfast

8:00-11:30 am    
Showcase: Presentations of some of the many partners and projects lake folks are doing across Minnesota.

9:30-10:00 am    
MLR Annual Business Meeting

10:00-11:00 am  
MN COLA Business Meeting

11:30-12 noon    
Resort Ambassador Program-Collaboration in Cass, Itasca & Vermilion Counties AIS Resort Program

12:00 noon         
Buffet Lunch and Plenary: DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen

1:00-2:00 pm     
Association of Cass County Lakes (ACCL) - Showcase Presentation

2:00-4:00 pm     
Field Trips

Total Cost:  $30.00
(Includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, speakers and presentations.)

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $79.00 + tax.

It was 25 years ago that a group of cabin owners first organized on Lake Vermilion to fight against excessive property taxes on lakeshore property. We realized that taxes were growing so quickly that owners were being forced to sell off heirloom properties we wanted to pass on to our children and grandchildren. Leaving a family lake legacy still drives our work, but besides keeping lake places affordable, we are also working to protect the lakes themselves. Together we have had tremendous success. We hope to see you at the MLR 25th Annual Meeting, and thank you for your energy, activism and support.

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