Thursday, December 27, 2012
Gabriel Jabbour has been appointed to a three-year term on the Department of Natural Resource's new Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
- Jay Corn
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A familiar Lake Minnetonka face has been selected to help Minnesota's Deprtment of Natural Resources (DNR) shape its battle plan against aquatic invasive species. Gabriel Jabbour will join 14 other appointees from throughout Minnesota and sit on the DNR's new Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Committee members come from a wide range of public, private, nonprofit and governmental back grounds, and the initial set of appointments will serve a three-year term. Nominations for the new committee were solicited statewide by the DNR. Members of the committee will help build relationships with individuals, citizens, organizations and local units of government to help shape the state's long-term approach to dealing with aquatic invasive…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Longtime Orono resident says one of the region's top aquatic invasive species experts "betrayed the committee process."
Editor's note: this story has been corrected to reflect statements originally attributed to Dick Osgood were made by Joe Shneider. Patch regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused. Gabriel Jabbour has lived on Lake Minnetonka for 42 years and owned the Tonka Bay Marina since 1990. He has been honored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District with a lifetime achievement award for his efforts at improving and protecting Lake Minnetonka and received two public safety awards from the Hennepin County Sheriff. “I own many commercial properties, and I’ve served in almost every possible position available in local government,” Jabbour said. “I believe I’m a major protector of Lake Minnetonka.” On Thursday Jabbour was in the middle of …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Once home to an amusement park and a private veteran’s camp, Big Island now has a public nature park.
In the early 1880s, the Dakota inhabited Big Island on Lake Minnetonka. The 273-acre island was discovered by settlers in 1852. Judge Bradley B. Meeker, the namesake of Meeker County, squatted on Big Island in 1852. In 1856, brothers W.B. and John Morse purchased Big Island. They platted the area known as Morse Island Park in 1887, and many people built cottages on the small lots. Olaf A. Searle built a 20-room colonial-style home on a 125-acre lot in the early 1880s. His home had gas lights and steam heat. The cost of building the home is rumored to have been $250,000. Big Island has had many names over the years, including Meeker Island and Morse Island. The names corresponded to the owners of the island at the time. The name Big Island …