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

Officers and Directors: Present – Jeff Stollenwerk, Ken Lundberg, Ron Gaare, Paul Helbach, Glen Hill, Ed Chaplinski, Mick Killoren, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Dennis Smet, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman and Mike Zicus.

Minutes of the June Meeting: The minutes as written in the June newsletter were approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Mike Zicus and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman reported that he made deposits for a total of $206.00 in July of which there was one donation of $15 to the general fund. The Club had 2 new members and 1 renewal. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Ken Lundberg and a second by Ron Gaare. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that July’s beginning balance was $15,680.40, and the ending balance was $15,236.68 with the following expenses: Arrowhead Printing (June Newsletter – $184.46); Katie Thompson (June and July Newsletters – $400) and Paul Helbach (Scholarship application copies – $94). Outstanding Checks and Scheduled Payments: Arrowhead Printing (July Newsletter – $185); Joe Scaccia (June and July Meetings – $100); Transfer to Scholarship Fund ($50); 2019 College Scholarship Supplement ($1,500) and South Shore Grade Project from Fox Valley TU ($500).  Outstanding Deposits: PayPal from online Club Store ($33.63). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dennis Smet and a second by Mike Sierszen and unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Ron Gaare/Todd Carlson – Last Saturday’s project date (17 volunteers) went well with about ½ the pile of gravel remaining for this Saturday’s work. Todd asked some of the crew to show up at the landing at 8 AM to bring one more load of gravel downstream to the fourth spawning area below Stone’s. The remainder of the gravel will be placed at site number two this weekend.

Legislative: Nothing new to report

Scholarship: Paul Helbach – Paul introduced our 2019 Scholarship recipient Brent Blaylock and presented him with a check for $5,000. Brent promised to write a future newsletter article about forestry. Brent will be added to our emailed newsletter list.

Education: Nothing new to report.

Membership: Ed Chaplinski passed out the new membership posters he made and laminated at his own expense. Ed had one placed at the St. Croix Rod Company. It was suggested that we place them at our map outlets. Todd will talk to the Brule Forest Superintendent, Dan Kephart about placement in the lower river kiosks before the Fall fishery develops.

Budget: Nothing new to report.

Social Media: Mike Zicus requested a list of participants for the Family Fun Day events for the web site. He reported that he would like to put a short article with photo about this year’s Scholarship recipient on our web page. Pratt noted that we will attempt to mail out our August newsletter directly to save money but would be using Arrowhead once more if need be.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Dennis Pratt reported that the core team (Ken and Dennis P. serve on this) is continuing to hold meetings often to move this project forward. Last meeting was held on July 5th, where it was revealed that Canadian National Railroad has taken ownership responsibility. Brule River Preservation has been doing a great deal of the work during this last stage and is working with their lawyers to help the Town of Brule revise the railroads purchase agreement and quit claim deed to acquire the grade so that work can begin.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – An article describing the event was placed in the July newsletter. Still looking for event volunteers.

DNR Beaver/Trout Research Issue – Three BRSC members (Ken Lundberg, Bill Blust and Dennis Pratt) met with WDNR staff on July 3rd to outline our concerns and present them with a list of suggested alternatives that would be much less likely to impact the Brule and Lake Superior fisheries. We received word by email on July 15th that two of the three were changed to other basin sites. Most important to BRSC is that they have dropped Rocky Run from the research project. Pratt thanked all those that individually helped in this effort and the support from our sister fishery groups (including WLSTA, LSSA, DCF&G etc.).

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Trout Habitat Improvement – July 27th, Stones Bridge Canoe Landing, 9AM to Noon.

Challenge Center Canoe Trip – August 3rd.

Brule Lions Club Chicken Roast – August 11th, Brule Pavilion, 11AM to 3PM.

Brule Hatchery Family Fun Day – August 24th, 10AM to 3PM.

Price of War Memorial Fund Raiser – September 2nd at the Kro Bar

Lake Superior Steelhead Assn. Spey Day Event – September 7th, 11 AM to 3 PM at McNeil’ House

The business meeting adjourned at 7:01 PM.

Recorded by Dennis Pratt for Walt Swanson