Lake Independence

Study offers cost-effective ideas  The cost of improving water quality in lakes Independence and Sarah is looming like a dark cloud over cities in the Pioneer Sarah Creek Watershed District, including Independence, Loretto, Medina and Greenfield. A cleanup plan for each lake — called a total maximum daily load plan, or TMDL — spells out [...]

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To the Editor: In August 2012, Lake Independence Citizens Association and 21 individual property owners filed a lawsuit against Paul Merz, James Merz and Merz Farms Family LLLP related to the operation of a small dairy farm located near Lake Independence in Maple Plain. The lawsuit claimed that the Merz family’s dairy operation has improperly [...]

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