IDEAL TOWNSHIP-The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association's annual meeting will be Saturday at the Ideal Community Center.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for coffee, viewing displays, and meeting with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Crow Wing County officials. Free breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

The business meeting will take place after breakfast and will include a year-end financial report, audit report and the election and re-election of directors to serve positions that need to be filled.

WAPOA President Tom Watson will provide a report on the critical activities, plans and strategies for water quality about the greater Whitefish Lakes area.

Nicholas Phelps, assistant professor and co-director of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota, will report on the critical research, progress and findings for non-native aquatic plants and animals underway at the center.

The center's researchers are working to address the aquatic invasive species issues that threaten Minnesota's lakes, rivers and wetlands. WAPOA stated in a news release it believes the center will make a real difference and will provide the association with the flexibility to meet the AIS challenges.

The property owners association will give away 350 small trees to those in attendance via a drawing at the end of the meeting.