October 25th, 2021 Meeting

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

Officers and Directors: Present – Ed Chaplinski, Jeff Stollenwerk, Glen Hill, Courtney Johnson, Dennis Pratt, Mike Sierszen, Jim Waletzko, Dean Wellman, Mike Zicus and Paul Helbach.

Minutes of the September Meeting: The minutes as written in the October 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 deposits of $705.00 into the general fund since the last meeting and the Club had 2 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved following a motion by Jim Waletzko and a second by Courtney Johnson. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported that October’s beginning balance after a couple of corrections was $25,896.08, and the ending balance was $26,304.18 with the following expenses: Katie Thompson ($200.00 for September Newsletter); Transfer to Savings ($100.00 in donations); Constant Contact ($378.00 for e-newsletter service); College Scholarship ($5,000.00); Pro Print ($25.13 for September newsletter). The Treasurer’s Report was approved following a motion by Dean Wellman and a second by Ed Chaplinski with unanimous approval by voice vote.

Committee Reports

 Habitat: Dennis Pratt will be contacting Brule Forest about a possible tree planting project at the Beaupre Springs area. We have not selected any summer trout habitat projects yet.

Legislative: Nothing to report.

Scholarship: Amy Bates our 2021 Northwestern High School scholarship recipient gave a short presentation at which time she thanked the Club. A photo of Courtney Johnson (Highschool scholarship liaison) congratulating her will be posted on our Club’s Facebook page this week.

Education: Dennis Smet will be picking up the eggs in November and delivering them to Craig Anderson at Northwestern Middle School and Lori Danz at Superior High School. Dennis Pratt, Dennis Smet and Ken Zivic plan to do the presentations at the schools in March.

Membership: Ed Chaplinski contacted several anglers who were interested in joining. He also described a near drowning event where he and others assisted in pulling the angler out of the river.

Budget: We will be gathering background information by the November board meeting for a future external audit. We’re not sure currently how far back our record keeping goes.

Social Media: Mike Zicus reported the website has been quiet; however, we did receive a request from an individual asking for free stuff. Dennis Pratt reported that he posted one video of brook trout spawning with a general description of the extent of the brook spawning period. We were going to place the Lyon’s article in the October newsletter but due to its length we’re intending to run it in multiple newsletter this coming spring.

 Other Business

 Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Dues – A motion was made by Dean Wellman to pay our dues ($110.00) for the upcoming year. The motion was seconded by Ed Chaplinski and received unanimous approval by voice vote.

2021 Raffle – Amy Bates drew the winning tickets for the raffle. Dean Wellman won the Dave Norling rod package and Eric Moshier won the Brule brown trout print. All the proceeds of the raffle were placed in our Scholarship Fund.

Fly of the Month – We will resume the Fly of the Month next March

South Shore Grade Update – (Piszczek, October 1st, email) In July, a contractor was hired to conduct the hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) study and develop a set of stamped design plans. The H&H is necessary for DNR/Douglas County floodplain permitting. The H&H and stamped design plans are expected by the end of October. The design will provide the information needed for the DNR Waterways permit application, to be submitted later this fall, along with the DNR Stormwater permit application, which primarily addresses erosion control. 

This fall, a contractor will be hired to also conduct an H&H study for Bellwood Pit Road, to address the Town of Brule’s concern for the road. The Town is interested in using some of the grade material to raise the road elevation and minimize overtopping by high water during larger storm events. Further, the material will help reinforce the road during the heavy trucking to and from the pit. 

In addition to those tasks, an extension of time will be requested from Link Holdings for its land use agreement with DNR, which was valid through June 30, 2021.I anticipate bidding the construction later this winter and breaking ground in April 2022, if not sooner.

Private Property Awareness Issue – Club member Paul Sandstrom (representing the Lake Superior Steelhead Assoc.) was added to this committee on a motion was made by Dennis Pratt and seconded by Dean Wellman followed by a unanimous approval by voice vote.

Update Club Charter – As Ken Lundberg was not able to attend this meeting, finalization was moved to the November meeting.

November Nomination of Officers – We need to nominate officers at the November meeting for serving from 2022 through 2024. Please come to that meeting with nominees for the December election.

Brule Veteran’s Memorial Dedication – Paul Helbach described the upcoming November 11th dedication ceremony. We much appreciate Paul and all the others involved in fundraising and building this truly wonderful memorial. We will post the event on the Club’s Facebook site this week.

The business meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

Recorded by Dennis Pratt for Walt Swanson