Saturday 17 August, Moonlight Paddle.  Meet at Eagle Lake's North side access at 7:30 p. m.  Please bring a night light: a flashlight works but preferably a head lamp.
Tuesday 20 August, Potluck Picnic and Paddle on Lake Elysian in Janesville. ( Formerly Sportsmen's Park, now called Lake View Park. )

Dean Peterson will bring  Club canoes on a trailer and Mark Bosacker will bring the War Canoe for use before and after eating. 6 p. m. is start time for the meal.  George Fasnacht will bring home-cooked hot dogs + buns for all participants.  A crew will clean the eating area before 6 p. m.


Saturday 14 September. Moonlight Paddle. Meet at 'the church' at 6 p.m.  Watch for more details.




M P O C Aug. 2019 Business Meeting Minutes
Tuesday 6 August 2019, Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church


    President Mark Bosacker called the meeting to order at 7:02 p. m.

MEMBERS present:

    President Mark, V-P Brad Nawrocki, Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg.  Also, Gary Dingler,  Debra Malmanger and Dean Peterson.


APPROVE July Minutes:
    Debra Malmanger moved to approve. George Fasnacht seconded. Consensus approval.


TREASURER's report:
    Treasurer George Fasnacht stated the Club has $ 1,514.15 in our checking account. No bills were presented.



    President Mark noted the MSU-M Water Resources Center and Blue Earth County History Museum will present a "We are Water, Minnesota" display in Mankato, October-December in 2020.  Watch for more details.


    Mark also noted Lisa Lindberg at Amboy Cottage Cafe will present "Peddle, Paddle and Hike," a community program focusing on the Dodd Ford Bridge, Sunday 8 September.


    It was all smiles following an announcement that a Poly Met mining permit had been blocked !!


LAST MONTH's events:
    "Blue Earth River Gorge Trip" Tuesday 6 July was cited as "a fine outing" by two members. The route ran from Rapidan  Dam to Highway 90 river access.

    "Minnesota River" paddle on Saturday 20 July was cancelled due to heavy rain.

    Sat. 17 Aug. Moonlight Paddle, see above notes.
    Tues. 20 Aug. Pot Luck Picnic and Paddle, see above notes.


    T-shirts prepared in time for 25th Anniversary celebration at November meeting?  Many ideas were proposed. These Minutes cite some points made during the discussion.


    Mark displayed three 'models' produced through the years.  He got a $ 6.35 quote  on the heaviest model from a local supplier.  Club must order 100 of this one-color model.  Large sizes will cost more.  Mark will investigate the cost of T-shirts featuring the several colors seen on our decal.  There was much discussion of how to finance the possible $ 600 -$1200 outlay.  George proposed the Club subsidize the cost but sell the shirts at the 25th Anniversary celebration to break even / balance the books.   George suggested we order 50 full -color shirts.  The discussion closed after Mark, Brad and Gary agreed to form a committee to study all angles of T-shirt production including the various 'model' costs. They will report during the September Club meeting.


    Membership:  George reports there are 59 paid members and 85 names carried from 2018.
    Conservation:   See above under Announcements


    Dean moved to adjourn and Brad seconded. Consensus approval at 8:01 p. m.



Saturday August 17th,  1- 2:00 pm,   Wild about Wildlife at Fort Ridgely State Park
Brief Description: What are some of the cool animals that can be found at Fort Ridgely State Park? Learn how these animals have adapted to survive in their natural environment and some of the more interesting characteristics. We will look at fourteen different animals like the beaver, skunk and coyote.
Saturday August 17th    MPOC  Moon Light Paddle on Eagle Lake  7:30 - 10 p.m.
Tuesday August 20th    MPOC Potluck Picnic & Paddle at Lake Elysian near Janesville. We will eat at 6pm. There will be time to paddle the War Canoe both before and after the meal.
Thursday August 22nd, from 6-8pm Soil Health Research Tour at Farm America in Waseca, with refreshments and discussion afterward. Contact Mark Schaetzke,, with any questions.
Friday August 23, 10 - 11:00 am,   Monarch Butterfly Tagging at Minneopa State Park
Brief Description: Monarch butterflies have been hit hard over the last decade and there is an effort to provide more habitat and a better chance for survival. Come out to Minneopa to learn more about the Monarch and hopefully get a chance to tag one. Meet at the turning circle near the park office.
Saturday August 24,  9 - 11:00 am,  Foraging Hike  at Ney Nature Center
Brief Description: Join a naturalist on hike to forage for wild grapes, plums, and much more! Learn about foraging etiquette.
Ages 12+. Register online by August 22nd.
Price: $3 per member or $5 per non-member 

Tuesday September 3rd   MPOC Business Meeting 7 PM at Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church
Sunday, September 8th at Amboy,  "Peddle, Paddle and Hike", a community program focusing on the Dodd Ford Bridge,
Saturday September 14th    MPOC Moon Light Paddle.  We'll meet at Belgrade Methodist at 6:00 PM. Destination yet to be determined.





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