Farmer’s Market

2011-05-12-farmers_market_signFarmer’s Market!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the Farmer’s Marketing on a very cold and rainy day!

In addition to our booth, there were fresh breads, maple syrup, canned2011-05-12_our_boothgoods, first of the season asparagus, wonderful photos, educational information, flowers, plant, state-of-the-art fertilizers, and much, much more.

AND . . . we even had live accordion music!  A great day out in spite of the cold.

We’ll be there again on Thursday, June 9th from 3:00 until 7:00 PM.  We hope you can join us!

Important Action Alert


This ACTION ALERT just in from Marc Mattice:

 The House Legacy Committee has completed its work on its Legacy bill voted to bill out of committee on Wednesday (4-27). The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will amend its bill and vote the bill out of committee today (4-28).

Where we stand:
The park and trail legacy split in the House bill is 40% exclusive to DNR, 40% exclusive to metro parks, and 20% is non-exclusive funding to the Statewide Grants Program which metro counties and agencies can apply for. The park and trail legacy split in the Senate is 37% to DNR, 37% to metro park, and 26% to the Statewide Grant Program exclusive to Greater MN. These splits are exclusive to each of the three entities. The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Coalition fully supports the senate language, while urging House members to vote for the House plan as the best deal that could be reached in the body.

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Pancake Breakfast a Success


Pancake Breakfast was a Success!

What a wonderful time we had at our the Pancake Breakfast.  Nearly 100 people joined us for breakfast on Saturday, April 9th to support The Friends of Bertam Chain of Lakes.  The joint was jumping!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered with either their skills, their dollars, or their appetites!  2011-04-09-Martyn_and_JimA special thank you to Applebees of Monticello for allowingus to use their facility and for the staff of Applebees for training and helping us.  You made it easy!

If you enjoyed this, let us know and maybe we’ll do it again!

MN Parks and Trails Donation

FinalFriendsLogoDonate Online to Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes

Did you know you can make an online donation to Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes through the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota?  It’s easy and it’s tax deductible!  Just go to this link:

Remember when you enter your donation to designate “Friends of Bertram Lakes” in the Donation Info section (Gift Restrictions.)

We really appreciate your support!  Together we can save this land!

Have a story to tell us about Bertram Lakes, make sure to comment below or write us directly at  

And The Winner Is

rsz_ssc_1And The Winner Is . . .


The Snow Sculpture Contest was a HUGE success!  We want to thank all of the people who came out to participate, mingle, and learn about the Friends of Bertram Lakes.  The weather was beautiful and the entries were just awesome!

SSC_2We want to give a special congratulations to our winners . . .

First Place – The Swan and the Moose – Todd Aulner and Jody Jensen

Second Place – The Monarch and Catepillars – Jim Sullivan, Rob Savage, Ashley Davis, and Crystal Allen

Third Place – The Egyptian Sphinx – Ed and Nancy Peiffer

Congratulations to all of you!

rsz_ssc_3Thanks to our judges Denise Merritt, Martyn Dibben, and Jeff O’Neill, and to Mayor Clint Herbst for coming out to present the ribbons.  And much appreciation to Kitty Baltos and Sarah Cahill and all of the staff at the Monticello Community Center for all of your support in this project!

If you weren’t able to attend on Saturday, do stop by the Monticello Community Center to see the handiwork.  Your opportunity may be short lived with all of this warm weather we’ve been having.


We had such a fun time this year . . .

we can hardly wait to do it again next year!


Meet Our Judges

Mrs._MerrittMeet the Snow Sculpture Contest Judges!


This Saturday, February 12 at 2:00 PM, the judging for our First Annual Snow Sculpture Contest begins!  Our three judges will be reviewing all of the entries and judging on three criteria . . . originality, technicality, and creativity.

Our judges in alphabetical order are:

Denise Merritt, Little Mountain Elementary Art Teacher

Jeff_ONeill_-_City_AdministratorJeff O’Neill, City Administrator

Martyn Dibben, Core Committee Member of Friends of Bertram Chain of LakesMartyn_Dibben

We’d like to officially thank all three of them for donating their time to this worthy cause!  I’m sure they will have a difficult decision to make.

Remember the winner of the contest wins a three month membership the Monticello Community Center!  We hope you all join us for the fun!



Snow Sculpture Contest Preparations

Snow_Sculpture_Prep_6Snow Sculpture Contest Preparations Begin!

Have you driven by the Monticello Community Center lately?  If so, you will see that the Snow Sculpture Contest Preparations are under way!

We only have a week to prepare, but each day, between now and February 12th, you will see at least two new snow blocks appear.  These pictures show the process in action!

Also, big thanks to Sandra Theros, Christina Johnson, and Snow_Sculpture_Contest_Prep_02Angela Schumann and families for creating the first snow sculpture to help promote our event!  We think you did an awesome job!

The Snow Sculpture Contest will be held on Saturday, February 12th, starting at 12 Noon Sharp.  Judging begins at 2:00 PM.  Make sure to stop down to the Monticello Community Center and PRE-REGISTER to enter.  We have a limited number of spots and the winner will receive a three-month family membership to the Monticello Community Center!

Even if you don’t enter, please stop down for the festivities.  We’ll have hot chocolate and a lot of information about the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park on hand.  It would be a great outing for the whole family!

If you’d like to see more events like this one in the future, make sure to let us know in the comments below.

MCC Window Painting

Monticello Middle School Art Club Paints the MCC Windows

Monticello Middle School Art Teacher, Heidi Smith, and some of her Art Club students helped decorate the windows of the Monticello Community Center in an effort to help us promote the Snow Sculpture Contest coming up on February 12th.

Middle_School_Window_Painting_2Thanks so much for all of your wonderful art work!Middle_School_Window_Painting_4


Are you planning to attend?  You could win a 3-month family membership to the Monticello Community Center!  Read all about it on the Events Tab of this website.

We Appreciate Your Support!