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Thu
21
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 20, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 19, was School Night for Scouting in Minnesota, and parts of Wisconsin, where parents can sign up their boys to join Cub Scouts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at any elementary school in the state. You can also sign up anytime at www.heroscouts.org.
In many Councils Tuesday was also #ScoutingSpiritDay, where everyone on social media is encouraged to share publicly if they are, or were ever a Scout.
I have two grown boys who were in Scouts. One is an Eagle Scout and the other made it to the rank of Life Scout.
I have two young girls in Girl Scouts, who accompany me to many Boy Scout events and campouts. We are hoping soon they will be able tho join Cub Scouts as the Boy Scouts of America considers opening their enrollment to girls.

Thu
21
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 20, 2017

What’s your thoughts on this tragic situation? A 21-year-old young man was served several strong drinks, four Long Island teas, in three hours at a bar and grill located in Wright County. The bartender bought these drinks for him thinking it was funny to extremely intoxicate him. He died by suicide one hour later with .25% alcohol intoxication as a contributing factor on his death certificate. This tragic death was our son, Matthew, on Sept. 20, 2015. He had no signs of suicidal tendencies that we knew of at the time of his death. We have since learned that severe depression can come on quickly for young adults. Information at the SAVE website (www.save.org) says that if excessive alcohol consumption had not occurred, we may have had an opportunity to help Matthew with his depression.

Thu
21
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 20, 2017

Last Thursday was a great morning for fishing sunfish on Indian Lake in the company of George Palmer and guide Gene Wadman. We anchored near some aerators to start off the day, but there just weren’t any sunfish in that spot, so Wadman moved into about 15-16 feet of water where there were weeds and we immediately began catching fish. Palmer was in the bow of the boat and had the hot hand with Wadman a close second seated in the stern. I was kept busy opening the liveable cover for them. That’s my excuse for not being as adept with a rod and reel. Pieces of leeches and angle worms seemed to be the food of choice for the sunfish. Sometimes they would hit the bait with a vengeance and other times would be so timid you didn’t realize you had one on. There wasn’t much sorting necessary and the fish were running large, 8 - 9 1/2 inches. Wadman had the largest sunfish which measured 10 inches. He took a good look at the hump behind its ears and commented it was “too ugly” and released it.

Wed
13
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 13, 2017


Michele and Ed Pawlenty, who photographed a snapping turtle laying eggs near their lake home late last spring, became the foster parents of roughly 30 baby turtles over the weekend. They wetted down the hatching eggs and made sure the turtles got to their pond where some immediately swam away. It was a touching experience for the Pawlentys who have been anticipating and wondering when the hatch would take place.

It seems like turkeys are the birds to hunt this fall with the DNR’s latest dismal report on the pheasant numbers. The only problem with hunting turkeys is that it’s all over after you’ve harvested one. I saw a family out for their morning breakfast off the Silver Creek curve last Wednesday and two flew across Hwy. 55 just ahead of us Tuesday near Lake Sullivan when I was westbound. They weren’t this year’s hatch and I was glad they were high enough to avoid a collision. Mike Muller enjoyed the early goose season and has been e-mailing me the results of his hunts with Peter Flatten. After their initial 10 the numbers have gone down as the season progressed. They had five Canada geese one morning and his next hunt produced three biggies and one baby when I reviewed the photos he sent. I heard a little grumbling about missing some geese one morning and I suspect that’s why he teams up with Flatten. The early season ends Sept. 18th.

Wed
13
Sep

Maple Lake Library’s archival corner


Above is a picture of the blacksmith shop in 1919. Charles is the second from the left. (Photo submitted)

Above: Dee Lynch presented the library archive with her grandfather’s ledger. (Photo submitted)

Dee Lynch had not visited Maple Lake since 1990. She came back to Maple Lake in October and September in 2017 searching for more information about her grandparents. She had lived with her grandparents in Maple Lake for two years when she was just a toddler.
Dee’s grandparents were Charles and Emma (Kloss) Mathan. They had a presence in Maple Lake for over 48 years. Charles was a blacksmith by trade. According to Don Kloss, he was the last operating blacksmith in Maple Lake. Their residence and blacksmith shop was located at 118 1st Street E which is currently owned by John Haack. While Haack had added on to both the house and shop, the original structures are still standing on this site.

Wed
06
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 6, 2017

Letter to the Editor:
On August 26th I attended a meeting of the Maple Lake Property Owners Association. The meeting was an informational meeting to discuss new assessment taxes for lake property owners. The majority of each property owner's $135.00 a year assessment would be used for weed control. One of the questions addressed concerned the ownership of two properties resulting in a possible assessment of $270.00. Attendees expressed concern about a $270.00 assessment but were okay with $135.00 a year tax. $135.00 a year for school supplies and clothes can be the world to a lot of families. Where does it stop? There was no mention of a cap. Do I vote NO on the Maple Lake school referendum this fall so I can afford the lake assessments? That seemed to be of no concern to the lake association. If you can't afford the $135.00 a year tax I guess you are not welcome to live on the lake. Have a majority of lake property owners decided to include only the wealthy?

Wed
06
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 6, 2017

Normally I get up to Itasca State Park at least once during the summer and when Lake Itasca was a good panfish lake it was more often, sometimes even in the winter! Last Wednesday’s trip was more of a sight-seeing adventure with Anna and Vanna. All three of us managed to get our feet wet in the headwaters of the Mississippi River along with other tourists. One group’s vehicle was registered in Canada and I visited briefly with an Iowan who now lives in Detroit Lakes. When he saw my Setter Vanna our conversation turned to upland game hunting. He said Iowa, like the Dakotas, is suffering from loss of CRP habitat and the glory years when hunters harvested upward to 2,000,000 birds is only a memory. He was familiar with Many Point Lake, a place where Janis spent a fair number of years while growing up when her parents maintained a small resort there. He said they camped at Whaley’s which ironically was just next door to the Wiecks’ home and cabins.

Wed
30
Aug

Letter to the Editor August 30, 2017

Dear Editor and Community of Maple Lake,
I have been blessed for the past 40 years to be a part of the Maple Lake community. Maple Lake has always been a great place to raise our kids, in addition to the school system being awesome. When first coming into Maple Lake as a brand new resident, I knew absolutely no one, however, everyone was so welcoming and warm and it just made feel right at home. This is not goodbye, I will be back to see my all my friends that become family. This move is bittersweet. Thank you for letting me be a part of your community…Maple Lake will always have a special place in my heart. My door is always open so don’t be afraid to stop in or call (my telephone number will stay the same).
Cheryl Pullins
Formerly Maple Lake

Wed
30
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 30, 2017


Ed Pawlenty and Casey Stanard (Nick Pawlenty’s girlfriend) are shown with Casey’s 25 inch walleye she caught Saturday night while fishing on Sauk Lake. Nick said he outfitted her with his favorite iridescent lure after convincing her to get a license and go fishing. Her’s was the only walleye caught that evening and after the usual fish talk she elected to give the walleye a name, Toby Keith! (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)

Threats of wind gust up to 20 mph on last Tuesday prompted me to suggest a smaller lake than Maple for fishing to George Palmer and Mike Miller. They didn’t argue with me when I suggested Indian Lake, a lake I hadn’t been on this year and one that Mike had never fished, but it had been okay for George and myself previously. A flooded public access is usually a problem early in the year, but it was in fine shape when we launched about 9:15 a.m. A trio of DNR fisheries workers pulled into the access behind us and were planning to stretch nets for a fish count. One of the fellows said they did a spring count and found the bluegills plentiful and good sized. We found some good-sized, but not exactly plentiful. We finished with 13 and sorted out another three before we hung it up around noon. The fisheries guys and one girl put out their nets in various portions of the lake with flags on each end to mark them.

Wed
23
Aug

The Retiree

Bob's wife, Cora, was Dad's sister. In the late '40s Uncle Bob bought a plot of land on Maple Lake. He liked the fact that the lot was close to the city, and inexpensive. Five hundred bucks for a lot on the lake, and three-fifty for one across the road. With a little encouragement, Dad bought one too.
After the war Bob started a metal stampings shop in his garage. Later, as the business grew, he encouraged Dad to join him as a production superintendent. Other relatives joined the corporation as workers off and on over the years. I did, too. Dad and a few others shared a piece of the business.
Bob's dreams became reality. The shop finally employed 150 or more people, and the plant was moved and expanded to meet its needs. Bob was a true entrepreneur.

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