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06
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 6, 2016

The Fourth of July has been a symbol for years that summer is sliding into autumn and I suspect that all came about because the days are getting shorter. Regardless it was a great weekend with all the patriotic marching music like “76 Trombones” to mark another Independence Day in the United States. There were lots of families enjoying Maple Lake and the swimming beach attracted anglers and sun worshipers all three days. Boat trailers were parked from the beach along the west access road to St. Tim’s Cemetery on Sunday when we noticed a family of geese stopped the Highway 55 traffic to get from the lake side across to Mud Lake. . . I was fishing for a couple of hours on Saturday for sunfish which was good, but required lots of sorting. Also on the lake was a huge flock of Cormorants and Pelicans (about 500) which was something I hadn’t seen this year and I hope not again! They weren’t in a feeding frenzy, but they have to eat someplace.

Wed
06
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor:
Since the city council requested input in an upcoming decision of whether to sell a city owned property or turn it into green space, I guess I would like to add a few comments. For years I have heard the Maple Lake City Council talk about how to attract new businesses to the downtown area. Currently over half of the businesses in downtown are located in buildings that are 100 years or older. The last new building to be built downtown was 31 years ago. At that time, a group of local merchants, professional men and townspeople called the Maple Lake Investors bought two city lots and demolished two very old buildings. They then built the building which today houses Wright County Community Action.

Wed
06
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor:

Wed
06
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 6, 2016

Dear Editor:
As a lifelong resident of the Maple Lake area, the article about the possibility of building a new professional building downtown sounds great!
And when a possible new home for the Maple Lake Library was mentioned, that is even better!! Our library has been a wonderful addition to our town. It has offered a lot to all area residents. We were fortunate to be able to rent the Muller building since 2009, and it has served us well. But it is old, in need of many repairs and we are outgrowing its space! My summer story time has had to relocate to the McHugh building for the past 2 summers because of higher numbers of participants, which is a wonderful problem, but library story time should be in a library!

Wed
06
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 6, 2016

Letter to the Editor:
Business as usual? No way with AJ…
Tom Emmer 6th Congressional District Congressional Representative, MN. was elected with high hopes to represent his fairly conservative district but has failed in many respects.
The Conservative Review has given Mr. Emmer an F for his votes that favored the establishment… business as usual.
During a period when many of his constituents are suffering from wage stagnation, jobs hard to come by (many have stopped looking for jobs), fears for their families future and loss of the middle class lifestyle, Mr. Emmer created the Somalia caucus with Keith Ellison ignoring refugee resettlements impact to CD 6.
At a town hall in St. Cloud last fall Mr. Emmer was downright hostile to many of us present that asked for a verifiable audit so we could judge if the UN resettlement program was financially sustainable for the tax base in place to continue support indefinitely.

Wed
29
Jun

Brute's Bleat June 29, 2016

Monday’s cool weather was a welcomed relief from the hot and windy weekend which raised havoc up north, but spared Wright County even though there was a tornado watch Saturday. We had a smidgen of rain late Saturday afternoon, but hardly enough to settle the dust. I managed to get out angling a couple of times last week for sunfish on Maple Lake and it took a fair amount of sorting to bring home a couple of meals. Lake Francis has been a hot lake for panfish as is Indian, but both require lots of sorting, or as one angler commented, “catch 10 and maybe keep one”. I’m hoping the larger male sunfish will put on the feed bag soon. I noticed some of the female sunfish we caught on Maple still hadn’t spawned which leaves me kind of bewildered. After talking with some fly-fishing friends it sounded like that sport was kind of a hit-and-miss affair during the normal panfish spawn.

Wed
29
Jun

A photographer’s Fish Tales

I like to fish. My older brother, Wayne, really likes to fish. My oldest brother, Ken, likes to fish more than Wayne and I put together. We spent the week starting June 19th together, along with Wayne’s grandson, Micah, and Ken’s son, Justin, fishing the Winnipeg River system north of Kenora, Ontario. The fishing was great, the food delicious, the weather nearly perfect, and the company congenial. Old stories were revived and new tales created as the week sped by.

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Wed
22
Jun

Brute's Bleat June 22, 2016

Thinking back on my fishing trip to Lake of the Woods I neglected to mention my brother’s latest inventions, a vertical fishing rod rack in the back of his boat; and even more important were the two removable fish filleting tables, also in the back of his boat. They made filleting walleyes for our shore lunches much simpler than finding a flat rock for a filleting board. Chuck’s in-boat tables were suspended on PVC pipes attached to floor anchors with the opposite end resting on the boat to give it solid support. We both sat on the boat’s swivel seats to make the chore comfortable and something of a breeze compared to kneeling on a rock! He also wired in a 12-volt receptacle so he could use his electric knife!
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Wed
15
Jun

Brute's Bleat June 15, 2016

Setting up for our last shore lunch on June 5 on what we call Lunch Island at Lake Of The Woods are Wayne Rustad and George Palmer. The other three in this year’s group were Mike Muller, Charles Brutlag and your’s truly. We left for the Northwest Angle on May 31, driving in showers most of the way and enjoying breakfast in Perham. We had alot of rain showers to contend with at the Angle, but we managed to have a Walleye shore lunch five days running and believe me they were delicious. In our boat Muller had two first fish days, myself two, and Palmer one which paid $1.00 each day. We had a 13-inch minimum to qualify and I had one Walleye that measured 13 1/4 which both Muller and Palmer protested, claiming I hadn’t let them watch while I measured the fish. They lost! In Chuck’s boat Wayne edged Chuck with four largest and two firsts compared to Chuck’s three firsts and one largest.

Wed
01
Jun

Tales from a city: Sauk Centre


Located in Sauk Centre, The Palmer Hotel was once voted as the nation’s most haunted hotel. (Photo courtesy of MN Historical Society)

As some people may have already assumed, I am filling in for Harold this week due to him heading north to Lake Of The Woods to try his hand at fishing. Hopefully he comes back with some large tales and even larger fish. Good luck, Harold, and have fun! This week has been a rainy one, but good to see, especially for farmers just starting up their crops. The rain is welcomed. We have now moved into summer, and it feels great! I have been keeping an eye on the Stanley Cup playoffs, and since my two first choices have been knocked out (the Wild and the Capitals), I am rooting for the San Jose Sharks to take it all. The bearded Brent Burns, formerly from the Wild, has been one to watch this year. Either way, playoff hockey is some of the best hockey to watch! This week will be a continuation of talking about a selection of Minnesota towns I have spent time in and have a rich history that some may not know.

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