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Wed
18
Oct

Letter to the Editor October 18, 2017

Child Safety in Vehicles
As parents, grandparents, and childcare providers, we have the great responsibility of keeping our children as 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 car seat 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
18
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 18, 2017

A half-day grouse hunting trip a week ago on Wednesday didn’t put any in the roaster for either Daryl Hennen or myself, but Hennen got to shoot at two that afternoon. We figured hunting the late afternoon might be more productive and it could have been. We both had a chance to see a male grouse with his neck feathers all ruffed up on one trail. It was out of range and when it flushed in the brush Hennen couldn’t get a shot off, but threw a couple of long shot salvos as a last-ditch effort. Anyway, it was fun to see the grouse all ruffed up, something I have only seen once before in my lifetime. We flushed only three birds, two of which Hennen shot at; but an effort by us and the dogs to find the grouse was not successful and we came home empty-handed. I had to brake pretty hard to let a doe deer cross Highway 23 and Hennen said there were three more in the ditch on his side. . .

Wed
11
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 11, 2017

I slighted my fishing buddy, George Palmer, (at least he was my buddy) a couple of weeks ago in my column when I gave him credit for catching a 3/4th inch sunfish in the cutline below his photo with the big fish. The fish measured 9 3/4 inches and it was one of several he caught that day. I know how it happened, but can only blame it on pilot error (me). He accepted my apologies and we made plans to fish on Oct. 4th. That was a day after the thunder and lightning storm and the sunfish apparently were holed up from that disturbance and we struggled to find them. Those we caught didn’t measure up to George’s standards and they all went back into Indian Lake to grow up. George had a couple of bass which were keepers, but they’re a catch-and-release specie for us. There were a lot of boats out on the weekend’s warm Sunday at local lakes. Don Dittberner, Messenger employee, fished Lake Osakis Friday and caught crappies and sunfish, but no walleyes.

Wed
04
Oct

In Memory: Catherine Helmbrecht

We thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, and days before that, too.
We think of you in silence. We often speak your name,
All we have are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake from which we’ll never part.
God has you in his arms. We have you in our hearts.
One year has passed without you.
Love you, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma
You are missed.

Wed
04
Oct

Brute's Bleat October 4, 2017

After a few days of being pestered by the ‘better half’ about why I’m not doing much grouse hunting and responding with “there are too many leaves and underbrush,” I did a little phone calling and taIked with a fellow in Hibbing who said his daughter hunts grouse, but hadn’t had much success because it’s “too green”. He commented he’s a crow hunter which is less frustrating. Regardless, I loaded up Vanna last Wednesday and headed northeast. My first stop was at a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Pine County where there were two vehicles already in the parking lot. One hunter was outfitted with knee boots and he commented he came the day before and found out right away he needed boots if he wanted to keep his feet dry. He was from St. Paul and was hunting squirrels. He said the only squirrel he saw was a red one when he was parking his car. He commented he had flushed one grouse and while we were visiting we heard one shot not too far away, apparently from the other hunter.

Wed
27
Sep

Maple Lake Library archival corner


Gary Nolan and his cousin, Bob Kolasa. (Photo submitted)

Last Friday, Maple Lake had a visitor from California. Gary Nolan is the son of Michael Nolan who lived in Maple Lake from 1916 to 1918 on the Joseph and Helen Cavanaugh farm in Corinna Township. Michael and his brother Walter were orphan train riders from a New York Foundling Home at 68th Street and 3rd in Manhattan run by the Sisters of Charity. They were placed in the Cavanaugh home on Thanksgiving Day in November of 1916.

Wed
27
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 27, 2017


Palmer was deadly using a black and white jig tipped with most any type of bait. Can’t you tell by the smile! When he ran out of pieces of leeches we started using up the nighties which were equally as effective. He is shown with a 3/4- lb, one of several that length he put in the livewell. (Photo by Harold Brutlag)

Last week I made reference to mowing the grass, washing storm windows, etc. and none of the above got done. Mostly because it was just too hot and there were promises of cooler weather this week which should make those tasks easier. On the other hand the cooler weather might be more conducive to getting back on the grouse trails to see what’s happening.
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Thu
21
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 20, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 19, was School Night for Scouting in Minnesota, and parts of Wisconsin, where parents can sign up their boys to join Cub Scouts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at any elementary school in the state. You can also sign up anytime at www.heroscouts.org.
In many Councils Tuesday was also #ScoutingSpiritDay, where everyone on social media is encouraged to share publicly if they are, or were ever a Scout.
I have two grown boys who were in Scouts. One is an Eagle Scout and the other made it to the rank of Life Scout.
I have two young girls in Girl Scouts, who accompany me to many Boy Scout events and campouts. We are hoping soon they will be able tho join Cub Scouts as the Boy Scouts of America considers opening their enrollment to girls.

Thu
21
Sep

Letter to the Editor September 20, 2017

What’s your thoughts on this tragic situation? A 21-year-old young man was served several strong drinks, four Long Island teas, in three hours at a bar and grill located in Wright County. The bartender bought these drinks for him thinking it was funny to extremely intoxicate him. He died by suicide one hour later with .25% alcohol intoxication as a contributing factor on his death certificate. This tragic death was our son, Matthew, on Sept. 20, 2015. He had no signs of suicidal tendencies that we knew of at the time of his death. We have since learned that severe depression can come on quickly for young adults. Information at the SAVE website (www.save.org) says that if excessive alcohol consumption had not occurred, we may have had an opportunity to help Matthew with his depression.

Thu
21
Sep

Brute's Bleat September 20, 2017

Last Thursday was a great morning for fishing sunfish on Indian Lake in the company of George Palmer and guide Gene Wadman. We anchored near some aerators to start off the day, but there just weren’t any sunfish in that spot, so Wadman moved into about 15-16 feet of water where there were weeds and we immediately began catching fish. Palmer was in the bow of the boat and had the hot hand with Wadman a close second seated in the stern. I was kept busy opening the liveable cover for them. That’s my excuse for not being as adept with a rod and reel. Pieces of leeches and angle worms seemed to be the food of choice for the sunfish. Sometimes they would hit the bait with a vengeance and other times would be so timid you didn’t realize you had one on. There wasn’t much sorting necessary and the fish were running large, 8 - 9 1/2 inches. Wadman had the largest sunfish which measured 10 inches. He took a good look at the hump behind its ears and commented it was “too ugly” and released it.

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