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Wed
17
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 17, 2016


The sunnies weren’t biting with gusto, but this fat sunfish liked the smell of one of Jim’s leeches.

I was impressed with the red hat this riding horse was wearing in Ney Park a week ago. The handler said it was to prevent fly and bug bites on its ears and forehead. Our farm horses, back in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, were not as fortunate, but some of the threshing crew had full flynets for their bundle teams to ward off the horse and deer flies. (Photos by Harold Brutlag)

I’m beginning to think my honey hole for panfish might be drying up after a couple of hours with Jim Lemieux last Tuesday morning. A slight wind kept us from anchoring on a rocky spot (we kept slipping off) and I think I spent more time trying to relocate than fishing. But, be that as it may, Jim caught enough keepers for a meal and that was what he was after. We had to do a little sorting in the process and his bait, live and dead leeches, was the most effective. I was using minnow heads when I couldn’t seem to keep the sunnies from sucking the earthworms off my jig. . . . A story in my hometown news-paper last week about two fellows catching their limits of walleyes on Ottertail Lake made me drool, just thinking about it. They were fishing with one of the premiere guides in that area, Ross Hagemeister, who apparently is a conservationist at heart. His clients don’t keep any walleyes under 13 inches or over 18 inches.

Wed
10
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 10, 2016


One of my fishing buddies, Michael Miller, and I added these crappies to the live-well last Tuesday morning.

Maple Lake’s Lakers baseball team got a huge grand slam from Donnie Mavencamp Friday night in their game with Loretto. Loretto was leading 3-0 at the time, but Maple Lake loaded the bases with a couple of walks. Loretto elected to change pitchers and Mavencamp put the reliever’s first pitch over the center-field wall and the Lakers never looked back. Laker ace pitcher Jeremy Schmidt threw all nine innings. Hutchinson Huskies gave the Lakers a lesson in hitting in Saturday’s night-cap which they won 13-2. The win propelled the Huskies into the state tournament as did Delano’s 5-2 win over Buffalo in Saturday’s first game. Maple Lake played Howard Lake at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Loretto played Buffalo Thursday with winners of both games in the state tournament. The tournament continues through Sunday afternoon at Loretto and then it’s the state tournament at Dassel-Cokato and Hutchinson.
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Wed
10
Aug

Letter to the Editor August 10, 2016

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take time to give my opinion as to the future of the “green space” available at the NW corner of Division St. and Birch Av. It is my understanding there is a proposed use as a “Town Square” or to sell to a new business prospect. If it was to be sold for a business, it would just be one of several quite small businesses in our downtown. Any business wanting to build and be part of our community is appreciated. However, this space is the only space left to create a Town Square. Below is the Wikipedia definition for a Town Square. I believe it depicts well why a square would best accent the businesses we do have in Down Town Maple Lake as well as the local Citizens.
David Rivers

Wed
03
Aug

Brute's Bleat August 3, 2016


Evan took time out to pose with this double which wasn’t uncommon Saturday. (Photo by Harold Brutlag)

Thanks to Nick Pawlenty for providing an interesting column last week about his weekend fishing efforts on Rabbit Lake and the Crosby area mining disasters which must have been devasting for the families involved. I normally write the column Monday morning, but last week I was an out-patient at St. Cloud’s VA Clinic to have four stones removed from my bladder. All went well and I was home by about 3 p.m. I was back on Maple Lake Wednesday morning hoping to find some hungry panfish when the humidity and temperature were both high. I fished a spot I have neglected for a couple of years and believe me the bite was hot. Vanna and I decided earlier we’d stop with ten keeper sunnies and that took us about an hour with pieces of leeches, some dead and a few alive for bait. I gave both Mike Muller and Daryl Hennen a call that I would pick them up at the boat access dock, but didn’t get any takers. I caught a few crappies and switched to my crappie rod and artificial bait.

Wed
03
Aug

Letter to the Editor August 3, 2016

Dear Editor:
To Maple Lake Messenger, Maple Lake officials - Have Community Park/Sell Out
Sorry about the misinformation in my last letter. Turns out John Northenscold was wrong about the selling price of the lot west of the Messenger office. It sold for $32,000. So, with that corrected information, the lot currently being discussed, three times as large and fronted by three streets, should sell for three times that much. Right?

Wed
03
Aug

Letter to the Editor August 3, 2016

I am AJ Kern and I am challenging Congressman Emmer in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District August 9th primary.
Witnessing the growth of the establishment party in Washington, many Republicans have essentially abandoned constitutional principles our founders designed including limited government and protecting national sovereignty.
Today, our children face many challenges. With over $19 trillion in national debt and unacceptable national deficits, our children are competing with cheap foreign labor in every job sector as our GOP controlled Congress rubber stamps President Obama's trade and immigration policies.
Republican representatives have betrayed our trust, voting with Democrats in support of the federal education bill Every Student Succeeds Act and Maloney Amendment pushing the President's transgender agenda.

Wed
27
Jul

Tales from a city: Crosby


This mother loon carried her offspring on her back as they swam around Rabbit Lake. (Photo by Kevin Fitzgerald)

Hello, everyone, I am taking over again for Harold as he is busy this week and cannot write his article. I will be continuing to talk about some experiences and history of Minnesota towns and this week we are heading north to the once busy mining community of Crosby, known as the head of the Cuyuna Range. I was recently up there for a weekend to soak up some sun and try my luck at fishing, and realized how beautiful a place it is up there, boasting some of the clearest water in lakes and nature almost untouched by man.

Wed
20
Jul

Brute's Bleat July 20, 2016

For reasons unknown I couldn’t get a decent sunfish bite last week on a windy Wednesday when George Palmer and I first tried Indian and then Maple; or early Saturday morning when Evan Hennen and I gave Maple Lake our best shot. The Schneider Bass Tournament was in progress when we launched our boat Saturday. We noticed one pair of anglers boat a largemouth and another a small hammer handle Northern which is more action than we had. A lot of anglers and lake residents took in the Fire Department’s house burn of Larry and Karen Pribyl’s residence on Donnelly Drive which was spectacular at times when the firefighters would use different tactics to suppress the flames which were shooting out the upper floor windows as part of the training exercises conducted for its members and also several visiting departments. But getting back to fishing, I hope to get out later this week, more or less to find out if the sunfish have moved, or the lack of activity was temporary. . .

Wed
20
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 20, 2016

Letter to the Editor:
Building vs. Town Square
This whole issue started out as a "no brainer" for me. Sell the public lot and get it back on the tax rolls, as originally planned. Well, interesting information surfaces as one waits out a quick transaction. Thank you, city leaders, for allowing public input. The letters to the editor have been interesting… but…
Turns out apparently the person wanting to buy the lot for $30,000 just sold a lot half its size on the other side of the Messenger building for $80,000. I understand they were asking $90,000. While the city has in the past sold city owned property for next to nothing (old Maple Lake liquor store went for a $1 to a local insurance agent who agreed to keep an operable laundromat up and running), the "condemned building" was resuscitated and now is a firm anchor on the end of Birch Avenue, and I assume, once again on the tax rolls.

Wed
20
Jul

Letter to the Editor July 20, 2016

Dear Editor,
You may have noticed extra law enforcement on the roads recently. They are working extra speed patrols for those motorists who drive above the posted speed limit. Starting Memorial Weekend, speeds on Minnesota roads start to increase. They generally peak around Labor Day, the same time fatal crashes peak in our State.
Did you know…
• Speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes.
• When speed increases, so does the chance for a violent crash - it’s simple: the faster you drive, the harder you crash.
• The dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

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