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.
Maple Lake’s Lakers took another step closer to the finals in the state tournament with an 8-1 win over Waseca Sunday afternoon. Now they are one of 16 Class C teams left and they will meet Region 7A champion Waconia next Saturday, 7:30 p.m., again at the Dassel/Cokato stadium. The Lakers set the tone of the game early when first-sacker Chad Raiche sent a towering home run over the left-field fence with Graham Brown on base via a walk to give them a 2-0 first inning lead. They continued to build their lead to 8-1 at the end of seven innings. The Lakers got another stellar performance out of their right-hander, Jeremy Schmidt, who allowed only one run. He allowed two hits, struck out eight and gave up one walk in the seven innings he pitched. He was relieved by D/C draftee Eric Hanson who struck out three, allowing no hits.
This usually is the time of year when the lawns turn brown, waiting for a rainstorm to bring them back to life. Not so this year when I cranked up the lawnmower Sunday afternoon. This passel of mushrooms popped up after Saturday’s rain in one of the many shady spots, offering a stark contrast to their surroundings on a perfect sunny afternoon. They looked like small puff-ball mushrooms which look to be edible, but I’m not that knowledgeable about fungi so I’m passing on these!
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Letter to the Editor:
What is going on in down-town Maple Lake? As a member of the Maple Lake Development Committee I am happy to report a lot of genuine business activity in our downtown and adjacent areas in this past year. Did you know we added 6 new businesses? Grandma's Attic, Book Break, Love Inc. thrift store, Orson Electric, R and D Performance, and Relocated Relics. We have also had business relocation, renovation and/or expansion of services! Maple Lake Floral, The Costume Shoppe, Total Care Chiropractic, Pottery Farm, Tracy's Therapeutic Massage, and Shear Attitudes. This is good news for our community. We currently only have one space for rent in our downtown area and one on the highway. Our Farmers Market is going strong and planning new events. It supports dozens of small businesses!
Take a fresh look at Maple Lake!
To the Editor:
Every homeowner in Maple Lake has in interest in supporting our school district’s proposed operating and capital projects levies which will be on the ballot for voters on November 8th. These initiatives would maintain the current funding level in Maple Lake schools and help prevent cuts in critical programs and positions. One of the most important reasons we need to support the school’s referendum is because teacher/student ratios are at risk.
It is a fact that property values are closely tied to the strength of schools. According to a survey conducted in 2013 by Realtor.com, 91% of homebuyers cited schools as important in their search. One of five buyers said that they would pay 10% over their budgeted amount for a favorable school (http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/the-right-school-district-how-much-do-...).
Summers in Minnesota are a blessing and a curse. While this summer we have had some of the best weather we will experience all year, we have also experienced the deadliest crashes on Minnesota roads. Too often lives are lost in traffic crashes that were completely preventable had the driver just lined up a sober ride.
Over the summer, people aren’t just leaving the bars intoxicated; they’re leaving cabins, fairs and community celebrations. While some may think it’s okay to drive the few blocks home after having just a few beers, or take a quiet country road to their destination, it is never a safe choice to get behind the wheel after drinking.
The sunnies weren’t biting with gusto, but this fat sunfish liked the smell of one of Jim’s leeches.
I was impressed with the red hat this riding horse was wearing in Ney Park a week ago. The handler said it was to prevent fly and bug bites on its ears and forehead. Our farm horses, back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, were not as fortunate, but some of the threshing crew had full flynets for their bundle teams to ward off the horse and deer flies. (Photos by Harold Brutlag)
I’m beginning to think my honey hole for panfish might be drying up after a couple of hours with Jim Lemieux last Tuesday morning. A slight wind kept us from anchoring on a rocky spot (we kept slipping off) and I think I spent more time trying to relocate than fishing. But, be that as it may, Jim caught enough keepers for a meal and that was what he was after. We had to do a little sorting in the process and his bait, live and dead leeches, was the most effective. I was using minnow heads when I couldn’t seem to keep the sunnies from sucking the earthworms off my jig. . . . A story in my hometown news-paper last week about two fellows catching their limits of walleyes on Ottertail Lake made me drool, just thinking about it. They were fishing with one of the premiere guides in that area, Ross Hagemeister, who apparently is a conservationist at heart. His clients don’t keep any walleyes under 13 inches or over 18 inches.
One of my fishing buddies, Michael Miller, and I added these crappies to the live-well last Tuesday morning.
Maple Lake’s Lakers baseball team got a huge grand slam from Donnie Mavencamp Friday night in their game with Loretto. Loretto was leading 3-0 at the time, but Maple Lake loaded the bases with a couple of walks. Loretto elected to change pitchers and Mavencamp put the reliever’s first pitch over the center-field wall and the Lakers never looked back. Laker ace pitcher Jeremy Schmidt threw all nine innings. Hutchinson Huskies gave the Lakers a lesson in hitting in Saturday’s night-cap which they won 13-2. The win propelled the Huskies into the state tournament as did Delano’s 5-2 win over Buffalo in Saturday’s first game. Maple Lake played Howard Lake at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Loretto played Buffalo Thursday with winners of both games in the state tournament. The tournament continues through Sunday afternoon at Loretto and then it’s the state tournament at Dassel-Cokato and Hutchinson.
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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.