2020 MPOC Election Results


Congratulations to the new MPOC president Brad Nawrocki !  Michael Sponberg and George Fasnacht will continue their fine work as secretary and treasurer respectively.  Mark Bosacker will be vice president. The new 2020 Schedule follows below the minutes.


Tues. January 21st The Annual MPOC Favorite Trip Night program and potluck supper will be at the Williams Nature Center. We'll eat around 6pm.Members will have the opportunity to share their favorite adventure of the 2019 year.



M P O C monthly meeting Minutes

Tues. 3 Dec. 2019

Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church


CALL to ORDER:  President Mark Bosacker called the meeting to order at 7:07 p. m.

MEMBERS present: Pres. Mark Bosacker, V-P Brad Nawrocki and Secretary Michael Sponberg

Also, Dennis Cassman, Vicki Demers, Gary Dingler, Peggy Kreber, Debra Malmanger, Dean Peterson

and Warren Wagner


APPROVE Nov. meeting Minutes:  Debra Malmanger moved to approve, Peggy Kreber seconded. Consensus approval.

TREASURER's report: Vicki Demers cited these details. $ 876.15 is our checking account balance. A check for $ 46.25 is due to Treasurer George Fasnacht for supplies purchased for our 25th Anniversary party in Nov.



    Pres. Mark distributed Anniversary T-shirts which had been purchased by cash, not on-line.

    Michael Sponberg showed a Free Press article from 14 Nov. titled "56% of state's waters impaired." Article closes by citing:  'The 2020 impaired waters list can be found here: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/minnesotas-impaired-waters-list.'

    Pres. Mark urged members to attend an 'Impaired Waters' forum on 12 Dec., 9-11 a. m. in the Mankato MPCA office in old Mankato Mall

    A sympathy card remembering member Brand Frentz was received from former member Jessica Nelson, now studying at Iowa State University


LAST MONTH's events:

    The 25th Anniversary celebration of the Club's founding was held in late November in Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church. All agreed it was a festive occasion.  33 people attended. All enjoyed the slide presentation assembled by Pres. Mark.  The raspberry flavored cake order by V-P Brad Nawrocki was delicious!



    Plans for the annual Christmas party on Sat. Dec. 1st were discussed. This traditional event is held in the No. Mkto. Police Annex.  George Fasnacht will provide many of the supplies.  Members were asked to bring an appropriate gift if they wish to participate in the 'musical-chairs gift exchange.'

    Details regarding Favorite Trip night in late January were discussed.  Pres. Mark will pick up the key and arrange for heat and hot water to be turned on.

    A discussion focused on trying to book club member and M S U-M professor Stephen Losh as  a program presenter in February, March or April 2020 as part of our off-water-season program series.  Speaker organizer, Debra Malmanger will work on booking Prof. Losh.

    Pres. Mark volunteered to start the fire at 11 a. m. on January 1st for our annual Bonfire and Picnic.  Please plan to present your buffet items at 12 Noon.



    Pres. Mark distributed a draft resolution/template produced following a MN. River Congress meeting in the Kato Ballroom on 21 Nov.  Members studied this draft/template titled "Support for Managing Water Flows in the MN. River Basin through Increased Water Storage and other strategies and practices. "  Pres. Mark asked members if they wished to voice support for this draft which is to be presented to the MN. Legislature.  Peggy Kreber moved to voice the Club's support. Dennis Cassman seconded. Unanimous approval followed.

    Pres. Mark stressed that members should pay their $ 20.00 dues at the Christmas Party or just prior to the January meeting so they're eligible to vote in the officers' election.


MISC. reports:

EQUIPMENT:  Canoes and trailer are being stored at Dean Peterson's No. Mkto home.

ARCHIVES:  Have been passed over to Blue Earth Co. Historical Society for storage and processing.

MEMBERSHIP:  80 member names are on the roll and 59 members paid 2019 dues.

CONSERVATION:  Pres. Mark reported on concepts discussed at a recent  Ag-Urban Partnership Forum for Water Quality.  One idea is that 'we can improve river water quality more economically by subsidizing agricultural water storage then by constructing and operating bigger, better and costlier water purification plants.'

     Mark said other interesting ideas were presented and discussed.



    Debra Malmanger moved to adjourn, Dennis Cassman seconded. Consensus approval came at 7:58 p. m.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary


Some other interesting events


Friday January 17,MPOC member Joe Kunkel's band Bullypulpit Bluegrass will play at the Wine Cafe from 5-7:30 PM



Tues. January 21st The Annual MPOC Favorite Trip Night program and potluck supper will be at the Williams Nature Center. We'll eat around 6pm.Members will have the opportunity to share their favorite adventure of the 2019 year.



January 25, Snowshoe Hikefrom 1 - 2:00 pmat Minneopa State Park

Brief Description: Going for a snowshoe hike is a wonderful way to enjoy winter and a landscape covered in snow. Come out to Minneopa State Park to take a hike across the snow-covered terrain as a way to embrace this season's natural environment. If there isn't enough snow it will become a hike.



February 1, Beginner Cross-Country Skiing from 1- 3:00 pm at Ney Nature Center


Learn about cross-country ski equipment and techniques before taking a beginner-rated tour with an instructor. All equipment provided. Ages 10+. Reservations required online by January 30th.


Price: $3 per member or $5 per non-member, $9 per member family of 3+ or $15 per non-member family of 3+.




MPOC 2020 Trip Schedule

This is the current Schedule of the MPOCís 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. 18thBelgrade Methodist†††††† Steven Losh, Canadian Rockies†††† 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 17thBelgrade 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 19thBelgrade 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 Trip10:30 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. 10thBelgrade Methodist ChurchRed Jacket Park/Fall Colors†††† 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 17thBelgrade 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) 388-1913Secretary, Michael Sponberg

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