MAKE PLANS to ATTEND:

 

Tuesday September 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm. MPOC member Joe Kunkel's band Bullypulpit Bluegrass will be playing at the Mankato Brewery 1119 Center St. North Mankato
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September 28, 12:30- 2:00 pm  Prairie Seed Collection Event at Minneopa State Park
Brief Description: Families, friends, individuals and groups are encouraged to help out with Minneopa State Park's annual Prairie Seed Collection from at the waterfalls side of the park. For planning purposes, volunteers should send an email to scott.kudelka@state.mn.us to be part of the event. ---------------------------
September 28, 4:30- 7:30 pm  Harvest Fest at Minneopa State Park
Brief Description: Families will enjoy an evening of old fashioned outdoor fall fun at Minneopa State Park. Meet at the picnic area and enjoy a warm bonfire. There will be activities for the kids, an apple press, and marshmallows for everyone. Guests are invited to bring their own hot dogs, meat or other food to grill

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 October 12th   Red Jacket Park / Fall colors cruise      Belgrade Methodist Church      1 p.m.

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MPOC monthly business meeting
Minutes Tues. 3 Sept. 2019
 Belgrade Ave. Methodist church

 

CALL to ORDER: President Mark Bosacker called the meeting to order at  7:04 p.m.

 

MEMBERS present:  Pres. Mark Bosacker, Vice-Pres. Brad Nawrocki, Treasurer Geo. Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg. 
Also, Dennis Cassman, Gary Dingler, Peggy Kreber, Debra Malmanger, Myron Siemieniewski, and Warren Wagner

APPROVE August Minutes:  George Fasnacht moved to accept. Debra Malmanger seconded. Consensus approval followed.

TREASURER's report:  Treasurer Geo. Fasnacht reported the Club has $ 1,514.15 in the checking account.  Secretary Michael Sponberg presented a bill of $ 38.11 for two years' production and mailing expenses of New Member packets. George presented a bill of $ 26.91,  food costs for our Annual Summer Picnic and Paddle in August.  Both bills were paid by check. 

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:   Secretary regrets these Minutes were not submitted for distribution until 18 Sept., thus after the events had occurred.     Sun. 8 September:  Amboy Community leaders encourage the general public to participate in their Peddle, Paddle and Hike event, 12 noon until 2 p. m.  A local musical group ( Bully Pulpit Bluegrass) will perform and dessert treats will be sold.


    Sat. 14 Sept. Moon Light Paddle on Lake Emily, 6 p. m. until 10 p. m.  Assemble at  'the church' at 6 p. m.


    Wed. 18 Sept.  Come, help Warren Wagner celebrate his 75th birthday, Loose Moose Saloon, 3 p. m. - until  ???

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
    Gary Dingler described an email he received from Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, describing a sweepstakes-raffle-fundraiser. Gary has more details. 
    Peggy Kreber encouraged all Members to help Warren Wagner celebrate a birthday milestone (details cited above). 

 

LAST MONTH's events:
    Sat. 17 August:  Moon Light Paddle on Eagle Lake.  George  said it was a nice paddle though the moon hid behind some clouds. 10 kayaks and one canoe were on water.  Several non-Club paddlers joined the event. 


    Tues. 20 August:  Annual Summer Pot Luck Picnic and Paddle, Lake Elysian near Janesville.  Some Club members cleaned the picnic table
area prior to our arrival. Thus it was spotless for picnic participants.  Several members exclaimed that the home-cooked food " was to die for !! "


Two trips carrying Club members paddled the War Canoe on  scenic routes.

 
    Thus. 22 August:  Pres. Mark attended a program at the Farm America site where experiments  are done developing soil health and preventing
erosion.  Mark said farmers are paying more attention to soil health and erosion prevention.

OLD BUSINESS:
    Tee-shirt production for 25th Anniversary event in Nov.:   Details on various T-shirt proposals were presented by V-P Brad Nawrocki and Mark.  There was extensive discussion about colors, logo presentation, fabric, and Club subsidizing cost-per-shirt.
    This resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:  Shirts are to be produced by United Elite Team Co., No. Mkto. Club will subsidize each shirt at $ 5.00. 
Members will pay $ 10.00 per shirt. 100 will be produced featuring a cotton-synthetic blend.  A 5-color logo will be small on front and large on back,featuring our popular Club design. /  Dennis Cassman moved to vote.  Myron Siemieniewski seconded. Unanimous approval followed.  The standing 'T-shirt committee' will handle the financing details, discuss the design in more detail and approve the production model by U. E. T. Co.

 

NEW BUSINESS:
    None presented.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:
    Archivist:  Pres. Mark will bring archival material to the 25th Anniversary celebration in Nov.  Members may then photograph items.


    Membership:  Treasurer Fasnacht reported Club has 58 paid-up members and 85 names carried over from 2018.


    Conservation:  Secretary notes Pres. Mark's intense interest in farm conservation efforts plus river and lakes clean up efforts, shared by other Club members.  Mark shared/shares information about these topics via email and at some Club meetings.  On those topics, the Secretary notes:


    Scott Sparlin, long associated with the Mn. River Congress, plans a 'Spirit of the Waters' event, possibly in Sept., associated with the drive to clean up area waters. /  Sat. 21 Sept. Cannon River Clean Up, 9 a. m. - 1: 00 p. m. See details in the press and/or announcements from Mark. 

ADJOURNMENT:
    George moved to adjourn. Gary seconded. Consensus approval at 8:14 p. m.
Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary

 

 

Tuesday September 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm. MPOC member Joe Kunkel's band Bullypulpit Bluegrass will be playing at the Mankato Brewery 1119 Center St. North Mankato
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September 28, 12:30- 2:00 pm  Prairie Seed Collection Event at Minneopa State Park
Brief Description: Families, friends, individuals and groups are encouraged to help out with Minneopa State Park's annual Prairie Seed Collection from at the waterfalls side of the park. Please meet at the park office. Following a brief orientation, the group will move to the prairie and collect and sort native seeds from 12:30 to about 2 p.m. No experience is necessary to participate.
Volunteers should wear proper clothes including gloves and appropriate footwear for working in uneven terrain and among tall grasses and plants.  For planning purposes, volunteers should send an email to scott.kudelka@state.mn.us to be part of the event. Vehicles transporting participants to and from the prairie are eligible for a free daily state park permit, if preregistered.
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September 28, 4:30- 7:30 pm  Harvest Fest at Minneopa State Park
Brief Description: Families will enjoy an evening of old fashioned outdoor fall fun at Minneopa State Park. Meet at the picnic area and enjoy a warm bonfire. There will be activities for the kids, an apple press, and marshmallows for everyone. Guests are invited to bring their own hot dogs, meat or other food to grill. Families may also want to take a short hike down a candle-lit trail into the Minneopa Creek gorge before heading home. Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor hiking and bring a flashlight.

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October 5,  Southern Minnesota Book and Art Festival from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at the Henderson Event Center Brief Description: This family-friendly event includes book readings, author signings, an art fair, spoken word artists, a children's pavilion, publisher and exhibition booths, booksellers, antiques dealers, and a farmers market. A great opportunity to get the hot-off-the-press book by Darby Nelson, For Love of a River: The Minnesota!

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October 6, Mankato River Ramble  8:00 am - 3:30 pm  
Location: Land of Memories Park

Brief Description: Join us and savor some of Minnesota’s best cycling! Explore the autumnal beauty of the Minnesota River Valley at the 9th Annual Mankato River Ramble. Try one of four scenic tours ranging from 12 to 58 miles. You’ll pass charming waterfalls, epic river valleys and bountiful farmland at the easy pace of a bicycle. Don’t miss the award-winning pie, world renown raspberry bars, invigorating fresh fruit, and all of the other treats, attractions, and amenities while on the River Ramble. Plus, all of this great entertainment is family friendly, kiddos and teens up to age 17 ride for free! Price: $15-37.    The Mankato River Ramble is a fundraiser for the Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates and Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. All fees are non-refundable. Registration transfers are not available.

Apparel: 2019 Mankato River Ramble T-shirts are available as an add-on purchase with registration.




 



 

 

   

 

MPOC 2019 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. 

 

January, 1st            7 Mile Creek                      Bon-Fire/hiking/snowshoe              Noon/Potluck

 

January 8th           Belgrade Methodist Church       Election of Officers                7 p.m.

   ( Please note that this is the second Tuesday instead of our usual 1st Tuesday!)

 

January 15th           Williams Nature Center         Favorite Trip Nite/Potluck                    6 p.m.

 

February 19th         Belgrade Methodist Church    Eric KoserSummer on a NOAA Ship    7 p.m.

 

March 19th                   Belgrade Methodist        BE County Water Emergency Response Team     7 p.m.

 

April 16th            Belgrade Methodist         Waterfalls of Southern Minnesota               7 p.m.

 

April 27th            Three Rivers Float                    Meet @ Belgrade Methodist      10:30 AM            

 

May 4th                    River Float                              Specific details to be determined

 

May 21st              Belgrade Methodist Church    Swan Lake Nature Cruise              5:30 p.m.

 

June 8th               River Float                              Specific details to be determined             

 

June 18th             Hiniker Pond                            Boat Trials   Potluck                               5:30 p.m.

 

July 16th                  Blue Earth Gorge Trip     Meet at Belgrade Methodist Church 5:30 PM

 

July 20st              MN River – Judson to Land of Memories,   Meet at BAUMC at 10:30 AM         

                

August 20st          Lake Elysian, Janesville         MPOC Picnic/potluck/paddle             6 p.m.

 

September 14th                    Belgrade Methodist Church     Moon Light Paddle                    6-10:00 p.m.

 

October 12th            Red Jacket Park / Fall colors cruise      Belgrade Methodist Church      1 p.m.

 

November 19th          Belgrade Methodist Church         Speaker to be determined                7 p.m.

 

December 7th            Police Annex, No. Mkto.       Christmas Party/Potluck                          6 p.m.

 

 

Feel free to call a club officer about any questions or comments.

Officers: President Mark Bosacker 388-7023; VP Brad Nawrocki 340-4459

Treasurer George Fasnacht;   Secretary Michael Sponberg