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Wed
02
Nov

Brute's Bleat November 2, 2016

I was toying with the idea of going grouse hunting last week until I got a call from the retired Mike Muller who suggested a pheasant hunt on Thursday in the Odessa area. We decided a half-day hunt might work and asked Daryl Hennen if he was available, but one of his vendors at the lumber yard had extended a pheasant hunt to him for the same day at one of Minnesota’s many pheasant farms which he would have been nuts to turn down. Muller and I, along with Vanna, and Mike’s English Setters, Lucky and Jack (a young pup), picked a WIA (Walk In Acres) with harvested corn on three sides. We split up, each going down one side, with plans to come back through the middle. Mike had the first action, a long shot, when a rooster jumped ahead of his dogs, which he missed. Vanna was next when she was on a bird which flushed and cackled as it broke out of the weeds.

Wed
26
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 26, 2016


I’ll give Vanna 95% of the credit on our first bird of the season when she pointed and held the rooster until we caught up with her and were able to flush the fully colored pheasant. It made my day! (Photo by Harold Brutlag)

Summer and fall fishing for me is officially over as of last Thursday when I winterized the boat and motor and will push it into the backyard for the winter. George Palmer and I gave angling a final go Tuesday, again on Rock Lake; but we didn’t have the success we did in previous outings. Apparently, the sunnies moved from the hot spot or they were taking the day off. We ended up with 15 keeper sunnies and one crappie, but didn’t find any concentration of fish. Anyway, it was a good summer and, hopefully, hard water fishing will be better than a year ago. . . On Wednesday I loaded Vanna up in the car at 6:20 a.m. along with the minimal hunting gear we needed for the day and headed for Granite Falls. One WMA (Wildlife Management Area) we have enjoyed hunting in previous years because it contains a food plot, had a food plot, but it was harvested soybeans and I don’t think any self-respecting pheasant would choose that spot because of the lack of cover.

Wed
26
Oct

Letter to the Editor October 26, 2016

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.

Wed
19
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 19, 2016

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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Wed
19
Oct

Letter to the Editor October 19, 2016

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?

Wed
19
Oct

Letter to the Editor October 19, 2016

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.

Wed
12
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 12, 2016

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. . .

Wed
05
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 5, 2016


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.

Wed
28
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 28, 2016

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.

Wed
21
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 21, 2016


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.

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