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Wed
23
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 23, 2017

Bob Latour, a regular at Tuesday night’s Silver Creek Sportsman’s Park trap shooting range, watched Daryl Hennen and your’s truly take their turns on the trap range last week. This was a season first for both of us as we tested our ability with a scattergun. Anyway, Latour had a big smile on his face when we were done, commenting something like this, Harold, I want to see how you smoked Hennen in your column next week! Apparently my 19/25 was a wee bit better than what Daryl shot. Regardless, it wasn’t anywhere near Latour’s 24/25 when it was his turn. Man, that guy can shoot! In fairness to Hennen, he was trying out an O/U shotgun he normally doesn’t shoot which may have been a factor in the outcome!
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Wed
16
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 16, 2017

Fishing Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, was good for George Palmer, high school student, Michael Miller, and myself even though there was a rain storm forecasted and signs of it were readily visible. Miller kept us current with his smart phone and we left the lake just as it started sprinkling. I got lucky and put the three of us on a hot spot where the sunfish were hungry and aggressive on Maple Lake. It took a little sorting and after an hour or two we had 30 keepers in the livewell along with one bass. The sunnies liked the pieces of leeches we used for bait and we all caught fish. Palmer had one side of the boat to himself because he was sitting in the middle while Miller and I shared the port side (that’s the left side for all you land-lubbers). I think Palmer might have grabbed the middle seat so he wouldn’t have anchor duties! Normally we fillet the fish in the shade of a black walnut tree, but it was cool and the rain forced us inside of the garage which worked just fine.

Wed
02
Aug

Board looking to team up with FBI for shooting range

There are some who would say having the FBI hanging out in your backyard is a very posi- tive chip to have in your pocket in the event of an emergency. At its June 25 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with the FBI to construct a relatively elaborate shooting range – with the FBI picking up the majority of the tab.
Commissioner Mike Potter explained the proposal, which came out of the July 12 building committee meeting. Initially, the sheriff’s department had placed the construction of the shooting range as a future capital improve- ment project. The complex would be located at the former Rasset gravel pit site by the Law Enforcement Center – a piece of property the county purchased more than a decade ago to use as a gravel resource. The site is cur- rently bare and an ideal site for the shooting range and associated buildings.
The FBI reached out to the sheriff’s department with ideal timing to help pay for the project.

Wed
02
Aug

The Retiree-August 2, 2017

A whole week without fishing is neither good for the body or the soul. The dermatologist said to stay out of the sun for several days. That took care of fishing and makes me realize I should have been wearing a hat when I was on the golf course playing with the likes of the late Les Nel- son, Russ Baker, David Manuel, Bob James and Ken Falk; and a host of Howard Lake golfers, most of whom are also shooting pars and bogeys in the here-after. Off-hand the only Maple Lake golfer still alive besides me who played regularly in the weekend four-somes is Gene Loch whom I’ve lost track of, but I think he lives in Becker. He was a diligent golfer and put a ton of effort into his game which showed up when it was time to divie up the dimes in our scotch four-some games. . . The respite from the sun gave me a chance to take care of some printing at the Mes- senger, namely St. Tim’s raffle tickets for their fall festival which will be Sunday, Sept. 24th.

Wed
02
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 2, 2017

A whole week without fishing is neither good for the body or the soul. The dermatologist said to stay out of the sun for several days. That took care of fishing and makes me realize I should have been wearing a hat when I was on the golf course playing with the likes of the late Les Nel- son, Russ Baker, David Manuel, Bob James and Ken Falk; and a host of Howard Lake golfers, most of whom are also shooting pars and bogeys in the here-after. Off-hand the only Maple Lake golfer still alive besides me who played regularly in the weekend four-somes is Gene Loch whom I’ve lost track of, but I think he lives in Becker. He was a diligent golfer and put a ton of effort into his game which showed up when it was time to divie up the dimes in our scotch four-some games. . . The respite from the sun gave me a chance to take care of some printing at the Mes- senger, namely St. Tim’s raffle tickets for their fall festival which will be Sunday, Sept. 24th.

Wed
02
Aug

Ask a Trooper August 2, 2017

Question: I noticed a dog that was in a vehicle the other day at a local business parking lot and the occupants were not around. I was wondering what I should have done. With the recent warm weather, I can imagine the temperature inside the car must have been danger- ously high for that dog. Is there a law against this?
Answer: There is a law that a person may not leave a dog or a cat unattended in a stand- ing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the pet’s health or safety. A peace officer, a humane agent, a dog warden, or a volunteer or pro- fessional member of a fire or rescue department may use reasonable force to enter a motor vehicle and remove a dog or cat in this situation.
If you see an unattended pet in a vehicle, report this to law enforcement with a location and vehicle description.
I would advise pet owners to use caution and always look out for your pet’s well-being
and safety. Consider the fol- lowing options:

Wed
26
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes?
Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes.
- School bus injuries or death to student passengers.
- Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury to occupants.
- Railway crossing crashes resulting in two or more deaths, or involving a commercial motor vehicle.
- Heavy truck crashes resulting in two or more deaths.
- Crashes resulting in five or more deaths.
The NTSB will then determine if they are going to send a team to investigate. NTSB investigators employ procedures similar to those utilized by law enforcement. NTSB safety investigations, while concurrent, are also independent of law enforcement investigations.

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Wed
26
Jul

Brute’s Bleat July 26, 2017

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. Organized in Buffalo in 2011 this group is hosting a Military Appreciation Picnic and Concert on Aug. 10th at Sturges Park in Buffalo. The picnic will begin with a cookout at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at 7 p.m..
All past and present service members will receive a complimentary meal and there will be a free-will donation accepted for non-military members.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring Service members ALL THE WAY HOME.
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Wed
19
Jul

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can a person drive a semi barefoot?
Answer: Yes, a person can drive a passenger vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle barefoot. I am asked this question fairly often. I have seen some footwear that could actually make it difficult for drivers to safely operate a vehicle gas/brake/clutch pedal.
When operating a motorcycle or moped, prudent footwear would be the smartest and safest option.

Wed
19
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 19, 2017

We, Mike Muller, George Palmer and myself, picked the coolest day of the week to fish Maple Lake for sunfish, last Thursday, when we each needed a jacket to keep warm in the morning. The wind was blowing out of the northwest straight from Canada. We caught a lot of sunfish, but finding keepers was a definite problem whether we fished 7 feet down or 17. Muller told us about his recent trip to Florida where he went fishing on Lake Okeechobee one day with his buddy and guide, Jesse. He said they had a malfunction in the boat’s livewell plumbing and the boat filled with enough water to sink it. Nobody got wet, but they needed assistance from the local fire and rescue troops down there. Not the kind of experience he wanted, but he appreciated the response from the rescue people. . . Kip Blizil showed me limits of walleyes he and Dale Decker and their spouses caught in North Dakota’s Devils Lake a few weeks ago.

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