Upcoming MPOC Meetings


Tuesday March 2nd MPOC Business Meeting at 7 PM in

Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in North Mankato


April 16th   “Waterfalls Sampler in Southern Minnesota" by Dr. Robert Douglas  Professor Emeritus in Geography Gustavus Adolphus, 7 p.m., at Belgrade Methodist Church.



MPOC March 2019 Meeting Minutes       Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church                                                                       

CALL to ORDER:  President Mark Bosacker called the meeting to order at 7:05 p. m.

MEMBERS present:  Pres. Mark Bosacker, Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg.  Also, Vice-President Brad Nawrocki and Debra Malmanger.

APPROVE SECRETARY's minutes of Feb. meeting:  Debra Malmanger moved to approve. Seconded by Brad Nawrocki. Consensus approval.


TREASURER's report:  George Fasnacht said we have $ 1,595.45 in Club's checking account.  He also noted we have 89 carry-over members from 2018 and 44 paid members in 2019.



    Brad said he enjoyed guest Paul Ebbenga's talk at the February meeting.  Others seconded Brad's remark. 


LAST MONTH's events:

    Brad said he liked Eric Koser's program about life on a NOAA research ship in Alaska coastal waters.  That was our off-water program for February. Twenty-two attend Erik Koser's presentation.



    Debra Malmanger announced our March program will feature a presentation by WERT members.  Water Emergency Rescue Team is operated by the Blue Earth Co. Sheriff's Dept.  Program is set for

Tues. 19 March, 7 p. m. with equipment for inspection outside before the formal program.

        A conversation developed about three different people who might be asked to do April's program.  No decision ensued.

    Another conversation followed concerning whether the Club should do a boating safety program in April.  No decision was reached, though Pres. Mark mentioned focusing on a VCR tape done by famous Canadian paddler, Bill Mason.

    Brad asked Pres. Mark about one of his email notes.  This concerned the question of getting youth involved in outdoor activities.  Brad will email the Boys' and Girls' Club director to assess that organization’s interest.



    Cookies for the 19 March off-water program was the topic !!  Mark asked the Club to approve $10.00 to be paid to Brad for baking chocolate-chip cookies, a specialty of Brad's.  Voice vote heartily approved the expenditure.  Pres. Mark said he will purchase 12-18 non-chocolate cookies to also be served on 19 March.


MISC reports:

Equipment:  No report

Archives:  No report

Hospitality:  See New Business

Membership:  See George's Treasurer's report


    Pres. Mark proposed that our Club conduct a cleanup of area river access sites two weeks after the 2019 fishing "opener."  Favorable comments followed.


    Paul Ebbenga in conjunction with his group, Blue Earth project, have the responsibility for cleaning the Blue Earth Gorge river portion. This assignment is allied with Adopt-a-River program formerly operated by the Mn D N R.  Now that assignment is managed by the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa.


ADJOURNMENT:  George moved to adjourn. Debra seconded.

Consensus approval followed at 8:14 p. m.Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary


More Upcoming Events


April 1, 2019,  Soil Health Cafe Chat  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Amboy Cottage Cafe, 100 E Maine St, Amboy, MN 56010

Brief Description: Returning this spring are SFA's popular Cafe Chats, free events featuring area farmers who are practicing soil health principles like cover crops, more diverse species, reduction in soil disturbance and adding livestock. During each Cafe Chat, featured producers share their soil health experience, followed by open questions and discussion. SFA's Kent Solberg will discuss soil health at each event, typically alongside area SWCD personnel. Event is free and open to all and includes coffee and rolls!

This Cafe Chat is Mon., April 1, 3-6 p.m., Amboy Cottage Cafe, 100 E Main St, Amboy These events are free and open to all and include coffee and rolls; no RSVP is required.

Tuesday March 2nd MPOC Business Meeting at 7 PM                                                                                           in Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in North Mankato


April 10, 2019   8:00 am - 4:00 pm   Water Action Day     

Location: Minnesota State Capitol & Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55103

Brief Description: Join us for the Third Annual Water Action Day, Minnesota's day to let our lawmakers know we care about our water! This event will include a free breakfast followed by briefings from experts on policy goals and trainings on how to influence your legislators. Throughout the day, participants can attend group meetings with their legislators, participate in a youth summit, attend important hearings on our bills, and join in the #ProtectOurWater rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

Contact us at WaterActionDay@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with our registration organizer (Emma). She'll get you all set up.


April 16th   “Waterfalls Sampler in Southern Minnesota" by Dr. Robert Douglas  Professor Emeritus in Geography Gustavus Adolphus College 7 p.m., at Belgrade Methodist Church. Waterfalls in southern Minnesota that are largely unknown to most folks.  He has tracked down these waterfalls over the last 30 years and has also written a book about them.


April 20, 2019   1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  Geocaching Egg Hunt

Location: Ney Nature Center

Brief Description: Learn the basic of geocaching and use your new skills to search for eggs hidden along the trails. All equipment provided. Ages 5+. Price: $5 for members. $8 for nonmembers. $15 for member family of 3+. $24 for nonmember family of 3+.Saturday,  Reservations required.


April 22, 2019   5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  Earth Day Celebration

Location: Blue Earth County Library

Brief Description: Join us for our annual Earth Day Celebration! Kids of all ages can make crafts from recycled materials, see live animals from the Reptile and Amphibian Zoo, have a snack, learn fun facts about helping the earth and much more!

Blue Earth County Library,  100 E. Main St.  Mankato, MN 56001


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


April 27th     Midwest Mountaineering  Canoe Auction 11: AM 309 Cedar Ave. So. Minneapolis.  for more info  www.auctionmn.com





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               Belgrade Methodist Church              Blue Earth Gorge Trip    10:30 a.m.


July 20st              River Float                              Specific details to be determined    


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


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