Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday February 5th The Mankato Paddling and Outings Club will have it's February business meeting at 7 pm in Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church in North Mankato

 

SUMMER ABOARD A RESEARCH SHIP!   February 19, 2019 7 pm,  Mankato West Physics Teacher
Eric Koser will share photos, videos, and insights about the experience Belgrade Methodist Church Directly below the January minutes, there is a more complete list of upcoming events

 

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MPOC Monthly Meeting
Tues. 8 Jan. 2019
Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church

 

CALL to ORDER: President  Mark Bosacker called the meeting to
     order at 7:10 p. m.

 

MEMBERS present:  Pres. Mark, Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg.   Also, Vicki Demers, Peggy Kreber, Joe Kunkel, Debra Malmanger, Brab Nawrocki and Warren Wagner.

APPROVE previous meeting's Minutes:  Vicki Demers moved to approve Nov. 2018 meeting Minutes. Seconded by Debra Malmanger. Consensus approval.

 

TREASURER's report:  Treasurer George Fasnacht said the Club has $ 1,447.06 in the checking account. Geo. said he will send a check for $ 125 to the church during January as symbolic rent.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
    Brad Nawrocki said we had 'a good turn out' on 1 January for our Annual Bonfire and Outside Pot Luck Lunch.  Secretary Michael Sponberg said he counted 17 people in a distributed photo taken at the event.  Temperature was way below zero.

    Vicki said there will be a Luminaria Trail, 5-8 p. m. on Sat. 19 January in Minneopa State Park.  There will be opportunities to snow shoe and hike. Naturalist Scott Kudelka will preside.  Pres. Mark said a similar event is scheduled at Rice Lake State Park.

    Mark said member Joe Kunkel's Bully Pulpit Blue Grass Band will perform, 5 - 7:30 p. m. in the Wine Cafe, Thus. 10 Jan.  Joe added that they'll also perform 6-8 p. m. in Mankato Brewery Tues. 29 Jan.

 

LAST MONTH's events:
     Brad Nawrocki said 'we had a good turn out, despite the weather,' at our Annual Christmas Party held in the No. Mkto. Police Annex in early Dec. Another member noted, 'Excellent home-made food!'

 

FUTURE CALENDAR events:
     Our Annual Favorite Trip Night is Tues. 15 Jan. in Williams Nature Center.  Mark will pick up the key and tidy the room, as necessary. Plan to arrive at 5 p. m. for outdoor recreation if desired. Food is to be served at 6 p. m.  Door will be opened at 4:30 p. m. (Rental fee is $ 40.00. Blue Earth Co. owns Wm.'s nature Center).

 

NEW BUSINESS:
    George will study the 2018 Club events schedule and do touch ups as needed.  He will post it on our Club Website and will mail a copy to members.

MISCELLANEOUS reports:
     Equipment:  No report.
     Archives:  No report.
     Hospitality:  No report
     Membership:  George reports we have 98 members carried over from recent years.

 

     Conservation:  Mark reported that member Jessica Nelson, employed at M S U-M's Water Resources Center, will leave soon for study at Iowa State University, to pursue a Master's degree.  Members wished her well in her studies.

 

     Website:  No report

 

ELECTION of OFFICERS for 2019:
    All members nominated for office were elected or re-elected by consensus approval, one after another following each nomination.
President:  Mark Bosacker
Vice-President: Brad Nawrocki
Treasurer: George Fasnacht
Secretary: Michael Sponberg

     Vicki Demers noted she was handing the "speakers' bureau"  over to Debra Malmanger.  But Vicki promised to help Debra secure speakers and help with publicity prior to programs.

 

    A drawing was held for Scott Thiem's outdoor equipment, donated by his widow Barb Thiem.  This was done in an orderly fashion as member names were drawn from a large box.  Equipment was displayed on a table before the meeting began so members could view it before the drawings.

 

ADJOURNMENT:
      Debra moved to adjourn. Seconded by Vicki. Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p. m. Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary

 
I've included (below) some seminars about soil health.  At first blush, that may not seem relevant to a recreational group but it can have a  big effect on water quality in the rivers.  To quote Linda Meschke, president of Rural Advantage,
 
"Managing soil quality to increase soil organic matter increases agricultural productivity and for each 1% increase in soil organic matter, water-holding capacity increases to store an estimated additional 20,000 gallons of water per acre.
 
Also every 1% increase in soil organic matter adds approximately 20,000 pounds of carbon per acre, increasing carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation
 
Increasing soil organic matter increases nutrient cycling resulting in less nutrient leaching, improved soil structure aggregation and less erosion."
 
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Nitrogen: Minnesota's Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity
February 5, 2019  | 8:15 am - 3:40 pm |
Location: Mankato Verizon Center
Brief Description: The Fifth Annual Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity Conference will be held February 5, 2019 at the Verizon Conference Center in Mankato, with registration beginning at 8:15. Topics to be covered include nitrogen management when using manure, interactions between nitrogen management and soil health, and managing corn for both high yield and good environmental stewardship. Dr. Dan Jaynes, a USDA-ARS soil scientist with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment based in Ames, Iowa, will explore strategies to reduce nitrogen loss from Midwest cropping systems.
Price: Free for students and sponsors, $20 otherwise.
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Cover Crops 101 Tour
February 5, 2019  | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm |
Location: Freeborn County Government Center—Freeborn Room 411 Broadway S Albert Lea MN 56007
Brief Description: Mower/Freeborn County farmer Tom Cotter and TJ Kartes, of Saddle Butte seed company, will talk cover crop seed origination; species and species mixes; step-by-step production; and value of cover crop technology. FREE to attend.
Contact TJ Kartes at tjkartes@saddlebutte.com, or Tom Cotter at cotterfarm@hotmail.com, for more information.
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Candlelight Event
February 16, 2019  | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm |
Location: Ney Nature Center
Brief Description: Join the Ney Nature Center in this candlelight event! Luminaries will light your way as you snowshoe, hike, or cross-country ski on the trails. All ages. Free event!
Price: Ski and snowshoe rentals available for $3 for members and $5 for non-members. $9 for member family of 3+ and $15 for non-member family of 3+. Ski rentals for ages 10+. Snowshoe rentals for ages 7+.
Pre-registration is not required for this event.
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SUMMER ABOARD A RESEARCH SHIP
Mankato West Physics Teacher Eric Koser joined the crew of NOAA Ship Rainier for 17 days last summer as a NOAA Teacher at Sea. Come to hear stories from the Alaskan Pacific coast, learn how hydrographers create ocean charts, and learn about life aboard a scientific research ship. Eric will share photos, videos, and insights about the experience in a casual discussion based format. Please join us at 7 p.m., February 19, 2019 Belgrade Methodist Church for this free presentation HOSTED BY THE MANKATO PADDLING AND OUTINGS CLUB
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 Cover Crops 101 Tour
February 21, 2019  | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Location: Steele County Community Center—1380 S Elm Street Owatonna, MN 55060
Brief Description: Mower/Freeborn County farmer Tom Cotter and TJ Kartes, of Saddle Butte seed company, will talk cover crop seed origination; species and species mixes; step-by-step production; and value of cover crop technology. FREE to attend.

Contact TJ Kartes at tjkartes@saddlebutte.com, or Tom Cotter at cotterfarm@hotmail.com, for more information.


   

 

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        Program to be determined             7 p.m.

 

March 19th                   Belgrade Methodist Church        Program to be determined             7 p.m.

 

April 16th            Belgrade Methodist Church        Program to be determined             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