New Events!


June 8th Swan Lake Nature Cruise - This is the trip that was cancelled on May 21 because of bad weather.  However this time, we will take off from the boat ramp at Nicollet Bay at about 10:30 am.  If you live out of town, you may want to go directly to the lake.  Otherwise, Myron will be at the Belgrade Methodist parking lot. People who gather there should probably leave for the lake by 10:00.  If you would like to reserve a seat in the War Canoe, call Mark Bosacker at 388-7023.  Leave a message.


June 21st  Spring Cleanup!  For many years MPOC had an annual river clean up, both on the rivers and on land.  We have not had a formal cleanup for a while but we are planning one again. However, we will not go on the rivers.  Instead, we will go around to different river access points and pick up trash we find there.  If you would like to participate, come to the Belgrade Avenue Methodist Church parking lot by 9:00 am on Saturday May 21st


The minutes for our May business meeting follow below.  Below the minutes is a list of events.




Tues. 4 June 2019

Belgrade Ave. Methodist Church

M P O C monthly meeting



    President Mark Bosacker called the business meeting to order at 7:08 p. m.


Club Events N E W S  flash:

    Sat. 8 June the Club will conduct its annual Swan Lake Paddle, postponed from Tues. 21 May due to inclement weather.  Point of launch is Nicollet Bay on south side of Swan Lake at 10:30 a. m. Mark will bring the War Canoe to that site.  Members in or near Mankato may assemble at "the church" with Myron Siemieniewski for departure to Swan Lake at 10 a. m. Please call Mark at 388-7023 and leave a message  if you wish to ride in the War Canoe.


    The Club's annual Boat Trials will begin at 5:30 p. m. on Hiniker Pond, Tues. 18 June.  This is a pot luck event so please bring a dish to pass. Geo. will bring cold, bottled water and Mark will bring the Club canoes and one or two of his own. 


    Special Rivers' Edges Clean Up is planned for Sat. 22 June.  Meet at "the church" at 9 a.m. for departure to clean up sites.  This is to clean the rivers' edges at launch  sites near Mankato. This is NOT an on-water clean up.


MEMBERS present:  Pres. Mark Bosacker, Treasurer George Fasnacht and Secretary Michael Sponberg.  Also, Peggy Kreber, Ray Schmidt, Myron Siemieniewski and Warren Wagner


APPROVE May meeting Minutes:

    Myron Siemieniewshi moved to accept. Geo. Fasnacht seconded. Consensus approval followed.


TREASURER's report:  Treasurer Geo. Fasnacht noted we have $ 1,454.15 in our checking account.  No

bills were presented for payment.



    Pres. Mark noted Joe DeLory, Club member, underwent surgery in Mankato's Mayo Hospital. He is 

recuperating and hopes for discharge Wed. 5 June.  A 'get well' card was circulated and all present signed, wishing  Joe a speedy recovery. 

    Pres. Mark noted long-time Club stalwart Brand Frentz has had special medical treatment which necessitated a change of care location.  We hope to have a new address soon.


    Joe Kunkel's Bully Pulpit Band will perform at Amboy's Cottage Cafe June 7th.

    A Reptile and Amphibian presentation will occur in Minneopa Park on June 8th.

    Pres. Mark cited other conservation and recreational announcements in recent email and Facebook posts. Check for them !


LAST MONTH's events:

    Our Club's annual Swan Lake Paddle scheduled for Tues. 21 May was postponed because of rain and cold temps. (See above for re-scheduled note.)

    Scott Kudelka, Minneopa naturalist, hosted a nature paddle on Swan Lake, Sun. 26 May.  Members Myron S.  and Debra Malmanger participated.  Both said they enjoyed the event. 



    P l e a s e  see above notes.



    Pres. Mark reported on disposal charges cited by Mn. Waste Processing (Wilmarth) which the Club must pay  after we conduct the Rivers' Edges Clean Up (see above notes). 



    Archives:  Mark said we'll display some Archival materials at our 25th Anniversary celebration scheduled for the November 2019 meeting.

    Hospitality:  Members approved the purchase of bottled water for our Boat Trials on 18 June. / There were nods of approval when Brad Nawrocki's cookie baking for recent programs was mentioned. 

    Membership: Treasurer Geo. F. noted we have 83 members from 2018 'on the books' and 55 members paid in 2019.

    Conservation:  Mark is our chief representative at conservation meetings and seminars held in southern Minnesota.  He wanted to attend the 12th Mn River Congress meeting in St. Peter, May 16th but was unable to.  Mark cited the "We are Water" exhibit now in Austin until June 16th and the LeSueur Watershed Network's interest in having it brought closer to Mankato. That organization seeks a site.

   Website;  No report.


Adjournment:  Myron S. moved to adjourn. Ray Schmidt seconded. Consensus approval came at 7:45 p. m.


Respectfully submitted, Michael Sponberg, Secretary




Some other events follow below, 



June 8, 2019  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo Presentations, Location: Minneopa State Park

Brief Description: Come out for a fun, engaging and interactive program of unique animals and the incredible lives they live. The program will include ten different kinds of fascinating reptiles and amphibians that could include frogs, a salamander, turtles, lizards, snakes and a small alligator. In a one-hour presentation (at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.), the naturalist will provide an enjoyable experience for the audience.  For more Information
Contact Scott Kudelka at 507-384-8890 or by email at


June 14, 2019, 9-11 a.m. Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council Forum
Recent developments in energy and agriculture (part 2): Ethanol

South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Dr., North Mankato
How does ethanol production and use fit in with the energy, economic and environmental goals of southcentral Minnesota?
Featured speakers:
• Kevin Hennessy, Biofuels Specialist, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
• Mitch Coulter, Commodity Marketing and Biofuels Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
• Paul Gorman, Agriculture Consultant, ELCEL Solutions
All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.

For more information, go to or contact Jim Gibson at or (507) 380-9262.


June 15, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm   The Cottonwood River   Location: Flandrau State Park
Brief Description: When Flandrau was first established as a state park in the 1930s it went by the name of the river that flows through the heart of it. As one of the major tributaries in the MN River Basin, the Cottonwood River has become known for major spring flooding and also a place for recreation opportunities like paddling and tubing. Take a hike along the river's floodplain to learn about how it has changed including becoming much wider and its impact on this state park.

From the stoplight on Broadway (aka Hwys. 15 and 68) in New Ulm, go west on S. 10th St. and left on Summit Ave. Park entrance is next to the New Ulm Country Club.  More Information  Contact Scott Kudelka at 507-384-8890
or by email at


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


June 22, 2019    3:00 pm - 5:00  Butterflies and Dragonflies   Location: Ney Nature Center

Brief Description: Come learn with a naturalist about butterfly and dragonfly interpretation.
Participants will venture out into the park and capture both butterflies and dragonflies to help
with population census data collection in the park. Participants will also get a chance to release
butterflies into the butterfly house to hopefully encourage breeding. All ages.

Price: $3 per member or $5 per non-member. $9 per member family or $15 per non-member family.
Register online. Reservations required.


June 21, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  Summer Solstice   Location: Minneopa State Park

Brief Description: The Friends of Minneopa is celebrating the longest day of the year with a gathering at Seppmann Mill. Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a bonfire and live music. Dick Kimmel and Kelly Coyle will play a variety of traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband and folk music on acoustic instruments. Summer Solstice is when the sun is at its greatest height. Around the world the date is recognized by holidays, festivals and rituals. Bring a camp or lawn chair for your comfort. 


Directions   5 miles west of Mankato on State Hwy. 68 and U.S. Hwy. 169.
More Information  Contact Scott Kudelka at 507-384-8890 or by email at







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