President Dennis Pratt emailed the draft meeting notes to board members on September 28th.

Minutes of the August Meeting: Motion was made to approve by Dean Wellman, seconded by Walt Swanson and approved by majority vote.

Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Reports: Financial Secretary Dean Wellman submitted his report to the board on September 28th. Deposits in the general fund totaled $310.00 since the last meeting, and the Club had 4 new members. The Financial Secretary’s Report was approved without changes by the board following a motion from Jeff Stollenwerk and a second by Mike Sierszen. Treasurer Jeff Stollenwerk reported to the board on September 28th that September’s beginning balance was $16,516.43 and the ending balance is $16,513.49 with the following expenses: Pro Print (July and August Newsletters – $50.26), Katie Thompson (August and September Newsletters – $400.00), Northwestern High School Scholarship – $500.00 and Computing Done Right (Annual Website – 287.00). The Treasurer’s Report was approved without changes by the board following a motion by Dean Wellman with a second by Walt Swanson.

Committee Reports

Habitat: Pratt visited our Beaupre habitat project site and found it free of beaver.

Legislative: Ken Lundberg received word from past board member Dave Zeug that the state was considering approval of a 48-acre parcel of land between Afterhours road and the Brule to add to the Brule River State Forest. Letters were sent to four State legislators with our support for this purchase.

Membership: Ed Chaplinski stated that he had talked to several anglers this past month that said they were intending to join the club.

Budget: Nothing new to report.

Scholarship: Committee chairman Mike states that Courtney Johnson has volunteered to be our liaison for the Northwestern High School scholarship.

Education: Nothing new to report.

Social Media: Website – Mike Zicus has completed a map with clickable photos of the Brule river that you can find at https://bruleriversportsmensclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Map-with-photos.pdf

Facebook – Pratt reported that we have placed 3 items on the Club’s Facebook site this past month including a few fall photos and a short video of past board member Tom Bydalek poling his canoe upstream. Also answered a couple of inquiries.

Other Business

South Shore Grade Update – Progress reported to our Club by DNR biologist Paul Piszczek on September 4th: The temporary easement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has gone through a couple of drafts during the summer. I received the most recent draft last Friday (August 28th) and reviewed it this week. Overall, it is in decent shape. I have a call scheduled with CP the day after Labor Day, which will include a conversation about who will do the work. CP is expecting a contractor, whereas I was leaning toward DNR staff. Contractors will obviously come at a higher cost, require bidding, etc. Also, the scope of the easement needed to expand to include soils testing, which is appropriate. I discussed a soil testing plan with DNR remediation staff and have an approach that will suit our needs and help guide the decision regarding disposal location. I would use project funds for the soils testing, which I expect to be around $5,000.

I have a verbal commitment from Stacy Dehne (DATCP engineer) to help with design (during winter), since Paul Johnson, our original design partner from NRCS, is retiring. A private contractor might be able to produce a design sooner than that, although likely at a higher cost…not necessarily planned for in my initial cost estimate. 

Although things are moving on this project, I can understand your frustrations about not being further along, particularly to the point of some on-the-groundwork. Thank you for your patience.

Fly of the Month – Dean Wellman reports that our October fly was submitted by Club member Rick Goddard called Hanks Creation. Our October newsletter will also present the incredibly unique history of that fly and Hank Denny as feature articles.