Maple Lake is a fine community that I believe has a bright future. There are many issues that people are concerned about and if we want our city to continue to be a city that we can all be proud of we should be looking at growth and what can be done to make it grow. I was raised in a small town of less than four hundred people and I like the small town feeling that many residents of Maple Lake enjoy. However, the way of the world is that if we want to survive we must focus on growth. If we do not have a sufficient number of families with children we may wake up some morning to hear how our school conciliated with another neighboring school. The greater St. Cloud Development group members make it clear that the number one thing for a community to have is profitable companies providing high quality jobs! Jobs will attract people to build homes and be residents to support the economy and the school.
I made a brief trip to Rock Lake early last week and when I was called off the lake for a non-emergency I released the six keeper sunfish that ranged from 9 1/2 inches down to eight. I may live to regret it, but from the way they were biting I have a hunch there will be another day! Another Rock Lake angler caught one keeper walleye (18 inches) out of two, along with a smattering of Northerns, bass, crappies and sunfish the same day. I’m getting close to calling it a season with hunting now in full bloom, but another day on the lakes would suit me fine. . . I’m also waiting for that perfect fall day when the leaves turn to dust when hit by the lawnmower blade.
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There appears to be a tight race for County Commissioner in District 2 of Wright County.
Both Tom Prerrault and Darek Vetsch are wanting to replace Pat Sawatzke who is serving his last term by his own choice. Tom has served on the Monticello City Council for years and Darek is part of the Russell's family ownership and heads up the Chamber of Commerce in Monticello. Both reside in Monticello.
Some of us in Silver Creek felt a need to get to know more about each of them and why they were wanting this elected office. We are having both of them appear together at the Silver Creek Town Hall on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7PM. The location is just south of the intersection of I-94 and Highway #8.
It will be mostly a Q & A session with, hopefully, most of the questions coming from audience members. What are any concerns or issues you know about at the county level that you would like to have discussed?
Child Safety in Vehicles
As parents, grandparents, and childcare providers, we have the great responsibility of keeping our children safe as possible. The most effective way to protect them when they are riding in vehicles, in the event of a crash, is to have them in the correct restraint system.
Minnesota law requires children to ride in a child safety seat, or booster seat, until they are big enough to sit on the car seat with a proper seat belt fit. There have been many serious crashes where children weren’t injured because they were in their car seats.
A basic thing to remember about car seats is they should be secured tightly in the back seat of your vehicle, following the manufacturer's installation directions. They should not move side-to-side, or front-to-back, more than one inch when pulled at the belt path.
I gave Mike Muller a call Thursday planning to invite him to go fishing, but found out he was on his way back to Canada for goose and duck hunting. He had a call from a good friend of his, Jim Baker, in Manitoba, who said they had six inches of rain which flooded some fields and was attracting ducks and geese like crazy. On his first trip Mike and his son, Ken, harvested 27 snows, 50 Canadas, 21 ducks and 3 sharptails, but no ruffed grouse. He felt finding snows that early was unusual, but it helped make the trip. Baker said there were still lots of snows still around when he called. . . Local banker, Andy Wahlquist, who has been hunting ducks in western Minnesota, said they are finding lots of mallards and ring-bills, plus a smattering of wood ducks. He also commented about hearing roosters crowing in the early morning while they were in their duck blinds. . .
You can tell by the smile on Nick’s face that he was pleased with the dandy walleye caught Sunday evening using one of his favorite fall rapala lures. (Photo submitted)
Fall fishing is apparently getting more hot and Nick Pawlenty came up with this 25-inch walleye Sunday evening while fishing with his dad at Sauk Centre. They released the lunker figuring it was too large for the frying pan. He also hunted ducks Sunday morning and brought home four Wood ducks for the table.
Fishing on Lake Osakis last Tuesday wasn’t a total disaster as fishing goes, but we’ve always heard it’s kind of a fickle lake, on one day and off the next! I think George Palmer and I and a host of other anglers caught one of the off-days. Armed with some mud minnows and advice from personnel at the bait shop to fish shallow and up to 25 ft., we made an attempt to find some walleyes. The lake has a 15 -inch minimum. Not getting any bites after an hour or so of hunting, we switched to sunfish as others on the lake were doing. Two fellows said they had been out for nearly two hours without anything to show for it. We were in about 8 ft. of water on a hump when the sunfish Palmer is holding (10 1/2” when smoothed out) inhaled a piece of nighty. We figured we’d hit a honey hole, but that wasn’t to be. Palmer’s big sunfish was the only keeper either of us caught and it was released later along with a huge rock bass I caught.
Nick Pawlenty left me a fishing note, “They are biting,” along with this photo of a 27-inch walleye he caught about the same time I was fishing Ottertail Lake. I was impressed and just a wee bit jealous! He was trolling using a Rapala and fishing with his father, Ed, who caught a couple of Northerns and missed what he figured was a large walleye.
My efforts at walleye fishing on Ottertail Lake last week Tuesday evening with my brother, Charles, didn’t meet with the success I anticipated. But that wasn’t because Charles didn’t put us on some fish. I had four good strikes in a couple of hours, but failed to hook any of them. I missed the first one using a nighty on a long Lindy rig and Charles caught a walleye using a jig and minnow. After he had several other bites I switched to a jig and night-crawler and got some action, but nothing to show for it. Obviously I need more practice! As the sun was setting, about 8 p.m., we called it a day with a couple of walleyes and a perch or two. The threat of frost for Wednesday morning convinced us we didn’t need to get on the lake early even though Charles loaned me a pair of long johns. There were several trucks in the parking lot that morning, one a guide’s rig which was on the lake when we arrived and still there when we left about 1 p.m.
These sunflowers in full bloom pretty much tell me that summer is waning, if not already in 2016’s past. Incidentally they are at the end of a driveway at the former Doug and Theresa Andrus property on Endicott Ave. NW, Maple Lake Twp. (Photo by Harold Brutlag)
Sometimes there’s an advertisement on TV that tickles my funny bone and Farmers Insurance came up with one that more than fits that bill in their “we insure anything” promotion. It’s the one with a variety of dogs doing a water ballet in the living room after one of the dogs turns on the kitchen sink water faucet, flooding the house. I don’t know if it’s selling any insurance, but it sure caught my attention!
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Apparently a gremlin got into the Messenger composing room last Monday and changed my youthful fishing buddy’s name, Mike Miller, to read Mike Muller. It was no biggie, but I doubt if Mike Muller could have caught as many sunfish and Mike Miller did. In another fishing outing with Miller, George Palmer and myself last, Tuesday on Maple Lake, Palmer had the hot hand. He outfished both Miller and myself. We caught most of the 20+ sunfish keepers and two crappies on the rock pile using pieces of leeches supplies by Palmer. Steve Loch made an effort last week to retrieve my anchor on the same bar, but commented visibility at 17-18 feet was not good. Even with a flashlight he was unable see more than a couple of feet and find it or the crappie rod and reel I lost in the same vicinity this summer. What baffles me is how can the sunfish find the bait in the total darkness.