February 18, KAYAKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES  7 p.m. at the Belgrade Methodist Church  Presented by: Steven Losh, Professor of Geology Minnesota State University in Mankato Local Professor of Geology, Steven Losh, at Minnesota State University (MSU) in Mankato, will be talking on kayaking some of the spectacular lakes in the Canadian Rockies. From there, he’ll delve into describing the geology of those magnificent mountains and what causes their remarkable appearance. There’s something for everybody, including performance of an original song about a memorable time on the water. Please join us in North Mankato for this free presentation



Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church
Minutes of Feb. 4, 2020 MPOC business meeting

(a list of upcoming events follows below the minutes)


N E W S  N O T E:  Tues. 18 Feb. Steven Losh, M S U-M geology prof. will present a program on kayaking on Canadian Rockies' lakes and also describe the geological formation of the mountains.  Listen for some music performed by Prof. Losh.

CALL to ORDER:  President Brad Nawrocki called the meeting to order at 7:02 p. m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Pres. Brad, Vice-President Mark Bosacker, Treasurer George Fasnacht and
Secretary Michael Sponberg.  Also, Dennis Cassman, Gary Dingler, Debra Malmanger and Ray Schmidt.


    Member Mary Foley told Mark Bosacker who told us that Peggy Kreber recently broke her ankle playing miniature golf  "on uneven ground"  (she said later) near Branson, MO.

    Brad Nawrocki said he "tramped around" the confluence of the LeSueur and Blue Earth Rivers, looking for eagle nests. He found none.  That was Sun. 2 Feb.  Gary Dingler reported he saw eagles searching for fish  in a river near here.  Mark recently hiked near an eagle's nest.

    Treasurer George Fasnacht attended a candle-light hike in Minneopa St. Park recently.  He also attended a
Friends of Minneopa St. Park bonfire.


    Secretary Michael Sponberg said he counted 14 people at our annual Favorite Trip Night on Tues. 21 Jan. in Williams Nature Center lodge. The covered dish buffet featured food "to die for !"  Plenty of applause followed the presentations. 


    Please see Introductory Note above on the Steven Losh presentation Tues. 18 Feb.  Consensus approval followed a suggestion that Treasurer Fasnacht give Prof. Losh $ 50 following his presentation. Vicki Demers handled the publicity. Geo. Fasnacht will bring the coffee maker + cups + water and Brad promises to bake chocolate-chip  cookies for refreshment.


    George encouraged members to attend the candlelight hike in Ft. Ridgely St. Park on Sat. 8 Feb.  This first-of-a-kind event is for hikers, x-country skiers and snow shoe users..  Program is 5-8 p. m. including a  bonfire + hot chocolate.

    Mark will soon attend a planning event for the "We are Water" display arranged by the Smithsonian Institution.  Display will be
in the Blue Earth Co. Historical Society in October 2020.

    Mark suggested the MPOC donate to a prize winner in a water-related schools' science fair to be held at M S U-M. Registration is 7 Feb.  Consensus approval followed Gary Dingler's suggestion we donate $ 50 prize money.  Mark noted  we'll pool our prize with two New Ulm area outdoor-interest groups. 
    A discussion focused on touch-ups to the Club's 2020 schedule before it is  printed in volume.    Brad encouraged all members to read Mark's thorough citation of area outdoor events and conservation-focused meetings.


    Gary Dingler moved to adjourn.  Dennis Cassman seconded. Consensus approval followed at 8:01 p. m.
Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary



Other Events of Interest


February 15, Candlelight Event from 6- 8:30 pm at Ney Nature Center
Brief Description: Luminaires will light your way as you snowshoe, hike, or cross-country ski on the trails. All ages. FREE! Ski and snowshoe rentals are available for $3 per member or $5 per non-member; $9 per member family of 3+ or $15 per non-member family of 3+. Ski rentals for ages 10+. Snowshoe rentals for ages 7+.


Belgrade Methodist Church, North Mankato


Steven Losh, professor of Geology at Minnesota State University in Mankato, will be talking on kayaking some of the spectacular lakes in the Canadian Rockies. From there, he’ll delve into describing the geology of those magnificent mountains and what causes their remarkable appearance. There’s something for everybody, including performance of an original song about a memorable time on the water. Please join us at for this free presentation. Refreshments will be served after the program.


February 22, Snowshoe Adventure Hike 10:00-11:00 am at Minneopa State Park

Brief Description: Go stomping through the snow at Minneopa State Park on a Snowshoe Adventure Hike. We will head off from the Picnic Shelter at the Waterfalls Side into the woods to experience the winter landscape. Be prepared for extreme terrain and conditions. On this hike the Minneopa Area Naturalist will share some of the history of snowshoeing, tips on the different types of snowshoes, and fun places at Minneopa State Park to go snowshoeing. 

February 26, Glaciologist and climate scientist Paul Mayewski lecture
from 7 -8:30 pm at Nobel Hall 1412, Gustavus Adolphus College

Brief Description: Professor Paul Mayewski, glaciologist and director of the Climate Change Institute will give a talk about climate change. Mayewski has spent decades studying climate in polar and high altitude regions. He led the expedition to Antarctica on which expedition member Richard Alley based his book The Two Mile Time Machine. Mayewski himself is the author of The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change.


Friday March 6, 26th Annual Horticulture Day - Gardening With Climate Change  from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at  U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center West edge of Waseca, MN (West Elm Avenue) (across from Loon Lake),
Brief Description: Topics include veggie gardens in a changing Minnesota climate; adapting gardening practices to a changing climate; 2019 growing season in review; plant cold hardiness; and zoo horticulture. Register by February 24.    Price: $30.00



MINNESOTA STATE PARKS Scott Kudelka (DNR) Minneopa Area Naturalist / Division of Parks and Trails

7 p.m., March 17, Belgrade Methodist Church in the Fireside Room


 Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas are found throughout the state and represent a diversity of landscapes. Each state park also has their own unique characteristics and features. In this presentation, we will cover some of the more iconic parks, such as Itasca and many found in the local area including Minneopa, Flandrau and Fort Ridgely. During the presentation, we will test your knowledge about state parks in Minnesota with a series of trivia questions. Please join us at  for this Free Presentation REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM





MPOC 2020 Trip Schedule

This is the current Schedule of the MPOC’s 2017 paddling trips.  All trips are subject to water and weather conditions.  The meeting place is the parking lot of Belgrade Methodist Church, unless otherwise stated.  Please call the trip leader ( or one of the club officers listed below) if you are planning to come, especially if you want to use a club canoe.  If there are no calls the trip may be canceled. 


DATE                   PLACE                          EVENT                                     TIME

Jan. 1st               7 Mile Creek      Bonfire/Hiking/Snowshoe&Potluck     Noon

Jan. 7th    Belgrade Methodist Church       Election of Officers              7:00 p.m.

Jan. 21st   Williams Nature Center       Favorite Trip Night&Potluck         6:00 p.m.

Feb. 18th  Belgrade Methodist       Steven Losh, Canadian Rockies     7:00 p.m.

Mar. 17th  Belgrade Methodist Church       Speaker TBA                         7:00 p.m.

Apr. 21st   Belgrade Methodist Church       Speaker TBA                         7:00 p.m.

May 2nd   Belgrade Methodist  3 Rivers (LeSueur/BlueEarth/MN)                10:30 a.m.

May 19th  Belgrade Methodist Church       Swan Lake Nature Cruise 5:30 p.m.

June 6th   Belgrade Methodist Church       Paddle River TBA                 10:30 a.m.

June 16th Hiniker Pond                Kayak/Canoe Demos&Potluck            5:30 p.m.

July 11th   Belgrade Methodist Church       Rapidan to Mankato Trip  10:30 a.m.

July 18th   Belgrade Methodist           Judson to Land of Memories       10:30 a.m.

July 25th   Eagle Lake                            Moon Light Paddle      7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Aug. 18th Lake Elysian, Janesville       MPOC Paddle&Potluck               5:30 p.m.

August 29th     Belgrade Methodist   Moon Light Paddle   7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Oct. 10th  Belgrade Methodist ChurchRed Jacket Park/Fall Colors     1:00 p.m.

Nov. 17th  Belgrade Methodist Church       TBA                                         7:00 p.m.

Dec. 5th    Police Annex, No. Mankato        Christmas Party                    6:00 p.m.


Please feel free to call a Club Officer about any events with a question or comment

Officers: President, Brad Nawrocki--(507) 340-4459 VP, Mark Bosacker--(507) 388-7023   Treasurer, George Fasnacht--(507) 388-1913  Secretary, Michael Sponberg

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