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. . .
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.
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.
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!