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Wed
31
May

Brute’s Bleat

Sunfish fishing took a turn for the better Wednesday of last week when the weather started to cooperate for George Palmer and myself. We chose Lake Sylvia mostly because we wanted to find some relatively quiet water and also to check on the sunfish spawn. We found a couple of fairly quiet bays, but no spawning sunfish. Palmer nailed several with his fly rod, but a spinning rod and reel was a better choice. He caught two huge sunfish and we had a fair number of medium-sized keepers which made for a fun afternoon. Wax worms seemed to be the bait of choice and plastic also worked, too. We both caught some smaller large mouth bass and a couple of rock bass, a fish known for a brief fight before giving up. We were casting toward shore most of the time and had to be careful not to toss our lures into limbs and bushes. One of Palmer’s casts was a wee bit too strong and his line was hung up on some twigs. The bait fell into the water and was immediately snapped up by a sunfish.

Wed
24
May

Ask a Trooper

Question: I was told that the Minnesota State Patrol is involved in teaching a school patrol camp in the summer. Can you provide me with some information about it?
Answer: Legionville is a summer camp where school patrol students are taught the fundamentals of school patrol, school bus safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety. It is located just north of Brainerd, and is operated by the American Legion Club, using State Patrol troopers as instructors. I will be one of the instructors again this year.
Students who will be 10 years old before September 1st and not older than 13 years will be accepted. Exceptions to this restriction can be made but must be cleared in advance through the American Legion. Legionville is currently taking applications.

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Wed
24
May

Brute’s Bleat

This 22-inch walleye brought a smile to my brother, Marlin’s, face Sunday evening when the three Brutlag brothers, Marlin, Charles and myself, began the 2017 season. Besides having the largest fish, he also caught the first walleye, good for a $1 from Charles and myself. To add insult to injury he caught the first fish again Monday morning for another $2. We kept four walleyes Sunday evening and another two Monday before they shut off when the wind settled in the east. I brought up the rear with only one walleye, but it was a good opener. We woke up to rain on Tuesday and didn’t go out.
Daryl Hennen said his group of Hennens fished Lake Vermilion where they found the walleyes hungry even though it was cold and windy in the north country on Saturday. He said the lake was like glass Monday morning and no rain which was a great way to wind up their opener.

Wed
17
May

Ask a Trooper

Question: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my pickup. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is the bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders?
Answer: Adding a lift kit and installing bigger tires and rims are very popular on pickup trucks. Anytime you make any type of modification or alterations to a vehicle’s stock suspension and tires/rims, it can change how that vehicle handles and preforms.It ca n also change the way the vehicle handles, steers, brakes and could affect its overall performance.

Wed
17
May

The weekly view

Hello, everyone! I am taking over for Harold as he is getting some fishing in without all the traffic on the lakes this week. I know he will be coming back with some great stories and pictures of his trip, but you will just have to wait until next week.
For all you Mothers out there, on behalf of the Messenger and myself, Happy late Mother's Day! You are the unsung heroes of our friends, co-workers and people we surround ourselves with. I hope you were treated to a wonderful Sunday, and I hope fishing opener didn't get in the way of the celebration!
Fishing Opener

Wed
10
May

Brute's Bleat May 10, 2017

My promise of a glowing report on crappie fishing didn’t materialize as planned, but it wasn’t the fish’s fault. On Tuesday George Palmer and I had good intentions, but we didn’t find the crappies or sunfish on Ramsey Lake cooperating at all. In fact, the cold snap must have put them back in deeper water. Our next effort was on Maple Lake where we found some quiet water, but no fish. We spotted Mike Muller tending to his back yard and took time out to visit with him since he’s no longer in the theatre business and is back for the summer from Florida. It took about a half-hour and then we let him get back to working on the lawn trying to get rid of some striped gophers. The milfoil is starting to be a problem, but most of the area lakes, in general, are very clear. George and I tried a few other spots, but failed to find any hungry fish and made plans to give angling another try the following week.

Wed
03
May

Letter to the Editor May 3, 2017

Golden Opportunity
Maple Lake has an excellent opportunity to help its local businesses to prosper and that is by not selling the city lot at the corner of Division and Birch and promoting it as a Town Square to hold events that would bring people to support the businesses. A Town Square would be a place to hold many events throughout the year. The Farmers market is a small example of what can be done to draw people to Maple Lake. The members of the Maple Lake Development committee have targeted many events that could be held there and bring people to our town every week to support the local businesses. Comments from business owners in the past have been “Maple Lake has not done anything to help my business.” That being said, this is something that could be done to help in a big way and realize the benefits very quickly. There are many ways to make a Town Square a reality without burdening the taxpayers and that is a subject for another time.

Wed
03
May

Brute's Bleat May 3, 2017

By the time this issue hits the streets the weather should be more conducive to angling, at least to people like myself who don’t like fighting the elements in a boat. Those who didn’t mind the wind and cold picked up limits of crappies, but I preferred to read about panfish angling. I came across a story in the April 24 issue of the Outdoor News by Terry Tuma who shared his thoughts about spring slab crappies. He said, “Crappies definitely suspend, but food locations strongly dictate where that occurs.
“Even though we had an early ice-out, crappies during April and May remain sensitive to noise, whether they’re in the shallows or deeper water. We can’t go cruising over the school with our massive outboards, then commence slapping the water with big lures. Do either of those things, and they’re gone!

Wed
26
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 26, 2017

The great weather over the weekend was too nice for me to do much around the yard, but I did take time out on Saturday to remove the storm windows (we’re still old-fashioned and have the wood type) and put on the screens for the summer. We didn’t have a need to mow the lawn yet, although a lot of people around town have their yards mowed. I managed to get out on several lakes beginning with Maple Lake a week ago Monday where I tried some shallow spots and found a few sunfish, but no crappies. A 2 1/2 lb. bass gave me a thrill when it bit just off the rushes and later a rooster pheasant cruised between me and the shoreline without as much as a cackle to give him away. The largest sunfish were 7 1/2 inches and just short of being keepers. On Friday I heard the sunfish were biting on Lake Sylvia and tried my luck there where I found the sunnies in shallow water. I used my fly rod and a spinning outfit, catching fish that seemed to be after bugs and flies.

Wed
19
Apr

Brute's Bleat April 19, 2017

Messenger design editor, Don Dittberner, scored early in the spring turkey hunting season last week Wednesday when he harvested this approximate 20 lb. Tom at about 6:30 a.m. The bird had a beard measuring 9 1/2” inches and spurs measuring 1 1/8 inches. He was hunting in Sherburne County on public land and had scouted the area about six times prior to opening day so he had a good indication of where they roosted. Don said this bird was one of two that strutted up on him. He also had an opportunity to video a few other birds that returned to the area. He said he has a number of turkey calls but is reluctant to use them unless it is needed to call them back to you. “It’s best not to give up your location or the Tom may hang up and expect you to come to them. Scouting is the key to early success.” It worked for him on the opener when one of the Toms came into range for a killing shot.

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