I wanted to take time to give my opinion as to the future of the “green space” available at the NW corner of Division St. and Birch Av. It is my understanding there is a proposed use as a “Town Square” or to sell to a new business prospect. If it was to be sold for a business, it would just be one of several quite small businesses in our downtown. Any business wanting to build and be part of our community is appreciated. However, this space is the only space left to create a Town Square. Below is the Wikipedia definition for a Town Square. I believe it depicts well why a square would best accent the businesses we do have in Down Town Maple Lake as well as the local Citizens.
Evan took time out to pose with this double which wasn’t uncommon Saturday. (Photo by Harold Brutlag)
Thanks to Nick Pawlenty for providing an interesting column last week about his weekend fishing efforts on Rabbit Lake and the Crosby area mining disasters which must have been devasting for the families involved. I normally write the column Monday morning, but last week I was an out-patient at St. Cloud’s VA Clinic to have four stones removed from my bladder. All went well and I was home by about 3 p.m. I was back on Maple Lake Wednesday morning hoping to find some hungry panfish when the humidity and temperature were both high. I fished a spot I have neglected for a couple of years and believe me the bite was hot. Vanna and I decided earlier we’d stop with ten keeper sunnies and that took us about an hour with pieces of leeches, some dead and a few alive for bait. I gave both Mike Muller and Daryl Hennen a call that I would pick them up at the boat access dock, but didn’t get any takers. I caught a few crappies and switched to my crappie rod and artificial bait.
To Maple Lake Messenger, Maple Lake officials - Have Community Park/Sell Out
Sorry about the misinformation in my last letter. Turns out John Northenscold was wrong about the selling price of the lot west of the Messenger office. It sold for $32,000. So, with that corrected information, the lot currently being discussed, three times as large and fronted by three streets, should sell for three times that much. Right?
I am AJ Kern and I am challenging Congressman Emmer in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District August 9th primary.
Witnessing the growth of the establishment party in Washington, many Republicans have essentially abandoned constitutional principles our founders designed including limited government and protecting national sovereignty.
Today, our children face many challenges. With over $19 trillion in national debt and unacceptable national deficits, our children are competing with cheap foreign labor in every job sector as our GOP controlled Congress rubber stamps President Obama's trade and immigration policies.
Republican representatives have betrayed our trust, voting with Democrats in support of the federal education bill Every Student Succeeds Act and Maloney Amendment pushing the President's transgender agenda.
This mother loon carried her offspring on her back as they swam around Rabbit Lake. (Photo by Kevin Fitzgerald)
Hello, everyone, I am taking over again for Harold as he is busy this week and cannot write his article. I will be continuing to talk about some experiences and history of Minnesota towns and this week we are heading north to the once busy mining community of Crosby, known as the head of the Cuyuna Range. I was recently up there for a weekend to soak up some sun and try my luck at fishing, and realized how beautiful a place it is up there, boasting some of the clearest water in lakes and nature almost untouched by man.
For reasons unknown I couldn’t get a decent sunfish bite last week on a windy Wednesday when George Palmer and I first tried Indian and then Maple; or early Saturday morning when Evan Hennen and I gave Maple Lake our best shot. The Schneider Bass Tournament was in progress when we launched our boat Saturday. We noticed one pair of anglers boat a largemouth and another a small hammer handle Northern which is more action than we had. A lot of anglers and lake residents took in the Fire Department’s house burn of Larry and Karen Pribyl’s residence on Donnelly Drive which was spectacular at times when the firefighters would use different tactics to suppress the flames which were shooting out the upper floor windows as part of the training exercises conducted for its members and also several visiting departments. But getting back to fishing, I hope to get out later this week, more or less to find out if the sunfish have moved, or the lack of activity was temporary. . .
Letter to the Editor:
Building vs. Town Square
This whole issue started out as a "no brainer" for me. Sell the public lot and get it back on the tax rolls, as originally planned. Well, interesting information surfaces as one waits out a quick transaction. Thank you, city leaders, for allowing public input. The letters to the editor have been interesting… but…
Turns out apparently the person wanting to buy the lot for $30,000 just sold a lot half its size on the other side of the Messenger building for $80,000. I understand they were asking $90,000. While the city has in the past sold city owned property for next to nothing (old Maple Lake liquor store went for a $1 to a local insurance agent who agreed to keep an operable laundromat up and running), the "condemned building" was resuscitated and now is a firm anchor on the end of Birch Avenue, and I assume, once again on the tax rolls.
You may have noticed extra law enforcement on the roads recently. They are working extra speed patrols for those motorists who drive above the posted speed limit. Starting Memorial Weekend, speeds on Minnesota roads start to increase. They generally peak around Labor Day, the same time fatal crashes peak in our State.
Did you know…
• Speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes.
• When speed increases, so does the chance for a violent crash - it’s simple: the faster you drive, the harder you crash.
• The dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.
In July, Lake Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota (American Bikers for Awareness, Training & Education) held their annual “Bike Show” at Camp Courage in Maple Lake. This event was attended by many happy campers and their chaperones. Our members that brought their motorcycles had just as much fun and left with big smiles. This is a great camp and we have supported them by sponsoring a camper each year for over 20 years.
A.B.A.T.E. of MN is a non-profit organization that promotes the positive actions of motorcyclists and keeps up to date on legislative issues affecting motorcycling. Lake Chapter activities are generally held just west of the Twin Cities. We are very proud of our members and encourage others to help out when they can. Anyone interested in more information on A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota can contact the current Lake Chapter President, Keith Efron, at 612-703-5755.
ABATE of MN,
Lake Chapter PR
After last week Tuesday’s rain and wind storm I didn’t think fishing would be any good on Wednesday, but I had promised my brother, Lloyd, a mess of sunfish so I went out anyway about 7 a.m. I could have slept in until 10 a.m. when the sunnies started to come to life. By then I had put on the smallest jig I had in the tackle box and fished with just a smidgen of leech which worked. The sunfish were biting extremely light, but seemed fascinated by the small jig which floated down nine feet in the 11 feet of water we were fishing. The sunnies didn’t give me much of a hint, but if the tip of the rod moved slightly it was time to set the hook. I tried some artificial bait, but that day leeches were the ticket to a good catch. It didn’t matter if the leeches were alive or dead, the result was the same. I had 17 in the live well by noon and threw back one nine-incher, a practice Daryl Hennen and I developed a year ago. . .