We all are aware of the serious national health emergency, coronavirus Covid-19. As we navigate these uncertain times, I urge calm and caution. Sunfish Lake has no public buildings or public gathering places, other than our churces, and thus less potential opportunity for spread of the virus.


Please utilize reliable information sources to keep abreast of evolving news. Below are links to helpful resources,



  • Hotline for the public: 651-201-3920.



At this point, it is prudent to adhere to recommended social distancing, so we’ll all wave and talk from across the road as we are out walking or driving!


We wanted the flexibility to conduct City meetings via telephone or other electronic means due to the coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. State law requires the mayor to make a “Proclamation of Local Emergency” in order to allow us to accomplish that. That Proclamation was signed March 16, 2020 and was ratified and extended by the City Council at a Special Meeting Thursday, March 19, 2020.  The Proclamation was extended until June 5, 2020 or until the Governor declares the emergency status no longer requires emergency response and recovery efforts, whichever occurs first. If necessary, the Proclamation could be further extended by the City Council.   Click here for the proclamation.  


Take Care

I’d like to share some suggestions for all of you on managing self-care in these tough times.  As we navigate the coming weeks, we need to focus on what we can do to make a positive impact on those around us, whether it be in your personal or professional world. Here are some tips:

1.      Avoid isolation. Participate in conference calls and video conferencing with team members, friends and family to stay connected; be sure to include a fair amount of video/FaceTime calls to have a visual reference to gauge the health and well-being of others.

2.      Self-care. What do you and your family members, teams, friends need to optimize your situation? Take this time to focus on doing what you all need to do individually as well as in the family unit; it may be a family dinner, game night or some alone time to read and reflect. Whatever it is pay attention to the cues that others provide and help them stay well mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. Also be sure to have necessary medications on-hand and take vitamins and food supplements as needed to maintain a healthy level of physical care.

3.      Healthy protocol. Wash hands often, clean high traffic areas regularly, keep anti-bacterial soap out and available for others to apply on surfaces  after use to limit germs on surfaces.

4.      Be aware and understanding. These stressful situations can increase anxiety for those that experience it and an unknown emotion for those that don’t have a history of it. Talk to them and help them take control of what is within their sphere of influence and discuss what is not.

5.      Moderate. While it is important to stay informed of local and global events in the news, manage the exposure for yourself and family members so that you have down time. It is also important to limit the amount of food and alcohol to appropriate levels; you are the best judge of what that is for you.

6.      Exercise. Take special care to get the activity in that you need to maintain a healthy attitude. Exercise is a good way to manage stress and stay well.

7.      Extend help. Check in with neighbors and friends who are not able to get out and take care of what they need to do. It may be dropping off prescriptions for an elderly neighbor, delivering groceries or a meal to a family with small children. Offer assistance to those children and families who count on the school system for meals; they need to fill the void and nutrition is essential for their growth and development. This is an especially scary time.

8.    Establish a separate work area. When possible, designate a work area that is removed from others in your residence and maintain as consistent a work schedule as possible. Leave work behind when your work day is over to allow time to refresh and be with loved ones as much as you can.

9.    Enrich yourself. Read a book, write a story or research something that you’ve been putting off. There are a number of accredited online programs, now may be the perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge and enhance your resume.

10.  Celebrate. Enjoy the positive life events and times with those in your life by sending a card, calling and just reaching out to be there whether you are in close proximity or from a distance.

11.  Random acts of kindness. Do what you can to surprise those in your world in special and meaningful ways. 


Please check this website for information about future meetings or other important City business information.


Stay safe.


Dan O’Leary

We are a small community proud of our heritage and committed to the preservation of our pristine, rural character. We cherish our privacy, yet know we are part of a thriving Dakota County and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. With these partnerships in mind, we strive to preserve that unique spirit which is Sunfish Lake, Minnesota.