Brute’s Bleat: August 5, 2015


As promised, I did get out on the lakes last week, once to Maple Lake Friday morning and Ramsey on Saturday morning. Both days were for sunfish and rather than comment about specific sizes, suffice to say my Friday morning’s catch of 15 filled a zip-lock quart size bag with fillets. I struggled more on Ramsey and when the heat was starting to get to me I released the six from the live- well hoping for a better outing next time.     .     .     while at the Laker’s Appreciation game Sunday afternoon, Joe Blizil said the rattle trap lures he and his angling partner were using won them $140.00 in Wednesday night’s Maple Lake Fishing Club’s contest on Maple Lake. He seemed particularly thrilled with the 8 1/2-inch sunfish and a 16-inch walleye he caught, along with the four northerns (all over 20 inches) and four large-mouthed bass which gave them first place.  He teamed up with Nicole Elfmann in the bean-bag tournament and they won $80.00 for finishing second in the eight-team event.     .      .     Coming off a 7-5 win Friday night over St. Michael; and a 9-5 loss to Cold Spring Saturday, the Lakers were shut out 8-0 by Moorhead ending a great season with a 30 and 5 record. Region playoffs began Wednesday at Delano when Maple Lake played Maple Plain who defeated D-C Sunday 5-1. Thursday’s game will feature Cokato vs. Howard Lake at 7:30, and on Friday there are two games, Mound vs. Hutchinson at 6 p.m.; and Loretto vs. Delano at 8:30 p.m. The second round of the double-elimination tournament continues on Saturday with the first round winners playing at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the losers playing on Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m. The third round begins with teams in the losing bracket playing at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 12 and 13, continuing through the weekend naming a Region champ Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16th. 
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Tricia Manuel’s Mooseburger Clown Camp received some well-deserved ink in Friday’s Minneapolis Tribune high-lighting her clown-camp efforts which attracts want-to-be clowns as well as professionals throughout the United States and sometimes other parts of the world as well. Telling her story to the Tribune’s readers was a feather in her hat as well as a plus for the Maple Lake community where her Costume Shoppe is in the process of relocating to larger quarters on Division Street. 
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In the pheasant chick report Holy Cross pastor, Culynn Curtis, saw two coveys Sunday morning along County Road 9, this side of Buffalo; and Brian Hedman said there were too many to count, roughly 30, in coveys he and his son, Mitch, saw along a gravel road in the French Lake area. Don Curtiss, Pastor Culynn’s father and a South Dakota resident living in Mitchell, SD, gave me a first-hand report for the Mitchell area saying the pheasant population will be better than last year, but not as good as it was five years ago. He felt they had ideal weather for a good hatch which is always important when it comes to pheasant numbers. He said they have had great weather for crops noting much of South Dakota has had over three inches of rain in July, something that doesn’t usually happen. He’s guessing there will be 180 bushels-per-acre corn this year. He also commented about a hail storm northwest of Mitchell which was two miles wide and about five miles long. He said it pretty much wiped out the alfalfa, corn and bean crops in its path. He felt the farmers affected may get some silage out of the corn. 
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Vanna and I came across these brown-eyed susans in Ney Park Sunday morning. They were in full bloom and struggling for survival between two walking paths which I thought was unusual. Incidentally there are 1000’s of them blooming now, an added attraction in the park.