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May

Brute's Bleat May 10, 2017

My promise of a glowing report on crappie fishing didn’t materialize as planned, but it wasn’t the fish’s fault. On Tuesday George Palmer and I had good intentions, but we didn’t find the crappies or sunfish on Ramsey Lake cooperating at all. In fact, the cold snap must have put them back in deeper water. Our next effort was on Maple Lake where we found some quiet water, but no fish. We spotted Mike Muller tending to his back yard and took time out to visit with him since he’s no longer in the theatre business and is back for the summer from Florida. It took about a half-hour and then we let him get back to working on the lawn trying to get rid of some striped gophers. The milfoil is starting to be a problem, but most of the area lakes, in general, are very clear. George and I tried a few other spots, but failed to find any hungry fish and made plans to give angling another try the following week.

Wed
03
May

Letter to the Editor May 3, 2017

Golden Opportunity
Maple Lake has an excellent opportunity to help its local businesses to prosper and that is by not selling the city lot at the corner of Division and Birch and promoting it as a Town Square to hold events that would bring people to support the businesses. A Town Square would be a place to hold many events throughout the year. The Farmers market is a small example of what can be done to draw people to Maple Lake. The members of the Maple Lake Development committee have targeted many events that could be held there and bring people to our town every week to support the local businesses. Comments from business owners in the past have been “Maple Lake has not done anything to help my business.” That being said, this is something that could be done to help in a big way and realize the benefits very quickly. There are many ways to make a Town Square a reality without burdening the taxpayers and that is a subject for another time.

Wed
03
May

Brute's Bleat May 3, 2017

By the time this issue hits the streets the weather should be more conducive to angling, at least to people like myself who don’t like fighting the elements in a boat. Those who didn’t mind the wind and cold picked up limits of crappies, but I preferred to read about panfish angling. I came across a story in the April 24 issue of the Outdoor News by Terry Tuma who shared his thoughts about spring slab crappies. He said, “Crappies definitely suspend, but food locations strongly dictate where that occurs.
“Even though we had an early ice-out, crappies during April and May remain sensitive to noise, whether they’re in the shallows or deeper water. We can’t go cruising over the school with our massive outboards, then commence slapping the water with big lures. Do either of those things, and they’re gone!

Wed
26
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 26, 2017

The great weather over the weekend was too nice for me to do much around the yard, but I did take time out on Saturday to remove the storm windows (we’re still old-fashioned and have the wood type) and put on the screens for the summer. We didn’t have a need to mow the lawn yet, although a lot of people around town have their yards mowed. I managed to get out on several lakes beginning with Maple Lake a week ago Monday where I tried some shallow spots and found a few sunfish, but no crappies. A 2 1/2 lb. bass gave me a thrill when it bit just off the rushes and later a rooster pheasant cruised between me and the shoreline without as much as a cackle to give him away. The largest sunfish were 7 1/2 inches and just short of being keepers. On Friday I heard the sunfish were biting on Lake Sylvia and tried my luck there where I found the sunnies in shallow water. I used my fly rod and a spinning outfit, catching fish that seemed to be after bugs and flies.

Wed
19
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 19, 2017

Messenger design editor, Don Dittberner, scored early in the spring turkey hunting season last week Wednesday when he harvested this approximate 20 lb. Tom at about 6:30 a.m. The bird had a beard measuring 9 1/2” inches and spurs measuring 1 1/8 inches. He was hunting in Sherburne County on public land and had scouted the area about six times prior to opening day so he had a good indication of where they roosted. Don said this bird was one of two that strutted up on him. He also had an opportunity to video a few other birds that returned to the area. He said he has a number of turkey calls but is reluctant to use them unless it is needed to call them back to you. “It’s best not to give up your location or the Tom may hang up and expect you to come to them. Scouting is the key to early success.” It worked for him on the opener when one of the Toms came into range for a killing shot.

Wed
19
Apr

Thank you April 19, 2017

At Maple Lake Public Schools, we celebrate the many volunteers who give so much of their time to enhance the education of our students.
Volunteering provides for the basic human desire of being needed and feeling connected to the world outside ourselves. Without the generosity of our volunteers, the daily routines of our schools would have a different flow and the “extras” volunteers provide would be nonexistent.
As we move into a new era of technology, curriculum changes, and new teaching styles, we also are seeing some changes with the volunteer world.

Wed
12
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 12, 2017

It looks like reality is coming back after a 75 degree Saturday, followed by a rain and hail on Sunday (.31 inches of rain), and a 40 degree wake up call on Monday. This is not unusual for April which can be about as fickle as months go when it comes to sudden weather changes. Golfers, who’s games have been dormant since last fall, like to get out on the links in April, just like the anglers. Both groups are subject to April’s showers and inclement weather, but it will get better. Take for instance the early bird flowers, Crocuses, are out and blooming. I came across some Sunday morning. Crocus flowers are one of the brightest and earliest spring bloomers. Plant them in the fall and these easy-to-grow bulbs will light up your yard.

Wed
05
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 5, 2017

This photo of a wild mink is probably one of those once in a lifetime things and was taken by Debbie Geyen last week. She and a co-worker with the DNR were replacing a sign post at the access of one of the lake accesses in Carver County when this mink popped out from under the access boat dock. The mink, normally not the most inquisitive animal in the world, didn’t seem to mind being photographed by Debbie. She had one other photo before the mink disappeared as quickly as it appeared. Debbie said it was a first for her. They tried to give the mink part of a sandwich, but the mink declined. The DNR says, “The mink is the most common water mammal predator (meat eater) in Minnesota. It can be found in nearly every wetland, lake, and creek in the state, including those in cities and towns. The mink is a versatile predator. Lithe and agile, it pursues its prey on land and in water. It can swim and dive with ease and remain underwater for many minutes.”
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Wed
29
Mar

Brute's Bleat March 29, 2017

Maple Lake’s freeze-ups and open water for 2016 and 2017 are some kind of a record with an extra freeze-up and opener this year. The 2016 freeze up was Dec. 17; and 2017’s first opener was March 9. The lake froze over again on March 16 and remained frozen until March 21 when it opened for a second time. Last year’s opener was March 15, something of a record in itself! There just might be something to global warming!
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Wed
29
Mar

Looking into the past

Maple Lake became an official settlement in 1855, bringing settlers from all over to live in the wild back country that once was, and still is, Wright County, Minnesota. The Messenger received these photos, which were postcards at one point, and thought they were worth sharing. The above left and above right photos are from Donnelly Drive in Maple Lake, right off the shores of Maple Lake itself. Another historic landmark in Maple Lake was the creamery building. This building was built around 1912 and had only three workers or less. The cream, milk and butter were refrigerated in the early years by blocks of ice which was delivered to Maple Lake regularly. In the year of its fiftieth anniversary, the creamery had over $2,000,000 in sales.
(Photos and postcards submitted by John Haack)

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