October 24, 2016 Minutes

President Dennis Pratt called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. at Round-Up North in Brule.

Officers and Directors: Present – Dennis Pratt, Bill Gobin, Jeff Stollenwerk, Jim Waletzko, Mike Zicus, Walt Swanson, and Mick Killoren.

Minutes of the September 26 Meeting: The minutes as written in the October newsletter were approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Bill Gobin reported that there were two deposits of $416.00 and $418.00 in October into general fund. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Jim Waletzko. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that October’s beginning balance was $651.27, and the ending balance was $944.65 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (September newsletter) for $280.72; Katie Thompson (October newsletter) for $200.00; Joe Scaccia (October meeting) for $50.00: Bill Gobin (postage and shipping expenses) for $9.90. The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Bill Gobin and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Dennis Pratt – Beaupre Springs Creek is still beaver-free. During a visit to Cutler Creek, Dennis Pratt counted 42 brook trout redds from the foot bridge by Winneboujou to the culvert .

Legislative: Ken Lundberg – nothing to report.

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – nothing to report.

Education: Dennis Smet – aquarium has been replaced at Northwestern Middle School. Bill Gobin talked with Dave Branstad, the foreman at St. Croix Falls Fish Hatchery; we must register as a Coop on the DNR site to receive eggs. Dennis Pratt requested that we get brook trout eggs for next year’s program.

Membership: Jim Waletzko – nothing new to report. Bill Gobin reported we have 481 members in 26 states and one Canadian province.

Budget: Ron Pearson – nothing to report.

Web Page: Mike Zicus – Lost and Found posted that a pair of child’s eye glasses was found by a Minnesota angler at Coop Park.

Other Business

South-Shore Grade on Nebagamon Creek Issue – Dennis Pratt said this has been an issue for 20 years.  Mike Zicus wanted to know if it should be on the website.  Should a simple GIS map be posted that would show what could happen if the grade should fail?  Do we keep after the DNR to resolve the issue?

Email of newsletter to members – Ken Lundberg to discuss in November meeting.

Lower River Angler Etiquette – Attendees were queried as to whether they had heard any feedback. None was reported. An ethics item regarding use of certain kinds of tackle was brought up by Jim Waletzko. It was decided these types of choices should be made by the individual.

Upper River Etiquette – Do we need to address this? Reports of problems with canoe rental customers were discussed.

Brule State Forest Master Plan Process – Dennis Pratt said that a meeting has been scheduled for the Brule Town Hall on November 3from 4-7 p.m. to allow residents to explore issues with the experts.

Newsletter Items – Fish run information is on the website but could be published in the newsletter too. Jeff Stollenwerk wondered if a property owner from the upper river could write about the issue of canoe rental customers stopping on their property during the renter’s canoe trip. Dennis Pratt requested additional ideas from the group.

Upcoming Events

Great Waters Fly-fishing Expo – March 17-19, 2017 @ Hamline University – St. Paul

The business meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m. and was followed by a presentation by the 2016 scholarship recipient, Trevor Keyler.