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A MAGAZINE FOR LAKE AND RIVER LIVING

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HEART OF MINNESOTA Meet Chef Miha of Bait & Hook Seafood and Grill in Cokato

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BIG ONE Learn which central Minnesota lakes are the best for walleye fishing

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LOCAL HISTORY

Remembering the 1950 Water Carnival BY KAY JOHNSON johnson@hutchinsonleader.com

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s there anything better than a refreshing dip on a hot summer day? It was these fleeting moments of the good times from 1944 to 1955 that Hutchinson native David Tewes captured with his camera. For the first time, his never-before-seen photographs were played earlier this year in an exhibition titled“Shutterbug: The Mid-Century Photography of David Tewes” at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. Tewes and his camera were seldom apart. His photographs range in subject matter from his U.S. Army service in Alaska during World War II, river and lake David scenes around Minnesota, Tewes and snapshots from his trips to California and beyond. He also photographed large cities such as Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as remote locations including the Minnesota Northwoods. Jon Swanson, MMAM curator of collections and exhibitions, described the amateur photographer as having “a good eye with strong composition.” Prior to the recent museum exhibit, Tewes’ photographs had never been published. In fact, his obituary listed no mention of his interest in photography. After the Hutchinson native’s death at age 77 in 1991, his slides ended up in a cousin’s garage where they sat untouched for 25 years. They came to light when Christopher and Christina Finke went to clean out her father’s belongings after his death. The couple took the slides home to Oregon where Christopher digitized 650 slides and placed them online for public viewing at davidtewes.com. This is the website Swanson came across that sparked his interest, which eventually led him to the Finkes and ultimately to the Tewes exhibition. Looking at the photographs gave Swanson insight into the photographer. “You learn a lot about who they are,” he said. “We live in an age where you photograph everything. Everything is

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“Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival” by David Tewes documented. When taking a photograph 70 years ago, it was expensive and you had to be very selective. He took a whole trip to California and shot 36 images. It was quality over quantity. You wanted to make every shot count.” Tewes shot Kodachrome slide film almost exclusively, except for the black-and-white images he took while stationed in Alaska during his World War II service. “He was a lifelong resident of Hutchinson

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According to columnist Scott Mackenthun, the key to success on the water with kids is focusing on having fun. Pictured is Quinn Mackenthun with a Northwoods walleye.

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OUTDOOR COLUMN

Hook your kids on fishing The key to success on the water is focusing on fun and planning ahead

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pring and summer days are made for getting out and wetting a fishing line with friends and family, and there’s no better way to make a guaranteed memory than to introduce a young person to the thrill of a fish tugging on the end of the line. For the uninitiated or those who are a little rusty after a missed season or two, it can be a bit tense. Whether you are a fishing pro or an infrequent angler, the key to success on the water with kids is focusing on having fun. And I have yet to find a parent or guardian who has regretted time outdoors with their kids. While I don’t have all the answers about how to get your kids hooked on fishing, I do have some suggestions that have worked for me — with my own children and in teaching others during fishing courses and TakeA-Kid-Fishing events. Here are a few pointers for getting your child hooked on fishing.  It’s about them, not you. This isn’t going to be a trip to focus on your success, rather it is a chance to play guide and do everything to assist in their success. Consider it a day for making memories. Depending on the age of the child, you may not be fishing at all.  Bring snacks. Part of the fun for the kid is the treats you’ve brought along. When asked, my daughter has said that her favorite part of fishing is the chocolate milk and donuts we pick up before heading out of town. Pack plenty of

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food and snacks because hunger can ruin a fishing trip with kids.  Bring toys and games. If the kid wants to play with his or her favorite stuffed animal, great. Sometimes giving your child a chance to play allows them to stay engaged while waiting for fish to bite. Pack an activity bag that is age appropriate and you will stay on the water longer.  Keep trips short at first, longer as they get older. Your child may not last more than an hour or two, and you have to know that going in. It may be a long drive to the lake, but you can’t use it as justification for staying late on the water. When the child wants to go home, pack it up. If you turn the day into a marathon, they won’t want to go again.  Be patient. Kids make mistakes. They don’t know what they’re doing, they will miss bites, and they will drop fish. Some are fishing for their first time. Help them through the mistakes and keep your patience. No one was born an expert.  Be safe. That means no rough water or stormy fishing with youngsters. Head for shore if you see or hear lightning. Set a good example by wearing your life jacket and bringing all the necessary safety gear.

 Cherrypick your spots. You want to take your kid to a spot where they will get constant action. Know a lake with a great bluegill bite full of small fish? That is a great place to bring a kid. The size of the fish doesn’t concern children, but getting lots of action does. Fish a community hole or find a place where you will have lots of bites.  Make them comfortable. That means dressing for the weather, putting them on a comfortable seat, applying sunblock or bug spray, and keeping them at ease. Getting chilled on cool days, too warm on hot days, eaten by mosquitoes, or sunburned is a huge distraction to kids. Or it may turn them off to fishing entirely.  Measure success carefully. Time together is the ultimate success. Your catch is far less important. If you make it out and back and the kid had a fun time, you have found success.  Always leave them wanting more. It’s better to leave the lake 30 minutes too early rather than 30 minutes too late. If you catch a nice fish, maybe that is the cue to leave. It can’t get much better and probably won’t. If the kid is excited and having fun, choose a good time to call it quits so they are left wanting to go again.  Plan ahead. For all the reasons mentioned above. Plan to dress the kids for the weather, to bring activities, to bring snacks, to be prepared. Don’t forget a camera. Fishing with kids is less about catching fish and more about catching memories. — Freelance outdoor writer Scott Mackenthun, a Brownton native, has been writing for the Hutchinson Leader since 2005. You can follow him on Instagram @scottmackenthun and on Twitter @ScottyMack31.

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or many, swimming and boating are synonymous with summer fun. However, there are potential hazards lurking that could short-circuit these leisurely summer activities. Docks and boats carry sources of electricity. Faulty wiring or the use of damaged electrical cords and other devices can cause the surrounding water to become energized. There is no visible warning to electrified water. Electric current in the water causes the paralysis of muscles, which results in drowning. As little as 10 milliamps, 1/50th the amount used by a 60-watt light bulb, can cause paralysis and drowning. What to do if you see electric shock drowning taking place? Turn power off. Throw a life ring. Call 911. Never enter the water or you could become a victim, too. The 2017 National Electrical Code now requires marinas and boatyards to have ground-fault protection to help prevent water electrification. But what about the typical dock or boat on a Minnesota lake.


Electricity must flow via cords to boat accessories, which also act as anchors. Never use a home extension cord on a dock or near water. Only use shore or marine power cords. “We have not seen many issues with boat electrical systems other than a bad battery, electrical connection and water pumps,” said Barry Klobes of Ripley Marine and Small Engine Repair in Litchfield. “I have seen so much bad do-it-yourself wiring that it does not even faze me anymore.” Klobes says the good news is that new marine products are made with safer technology, involving more fuses rather than hard wiring. There have been few issues involving new gear such as electric pumps, live well tanks, trolling motors, fish finders and sound systems found more often on boats. While modern technology is much safer, marine repair shops do see many electrical repairs needed with the older boats. “What we found in the older boats is the high level of low standards and shoddy workmanship,” said Alvin Bertram, owner of Fun Sports of Hutchinson. “Boat owners tried to save money by doing their own wiring when adding a new product. I have seen it all.” Just like your home, it is critical that you have your boat inspected

regularly and that you are familiar with the electrical system so you can identify and correct any potential hazards.

SAFETY TIPS  Never allow swimming near the boat or launching ramp. Residual current could flow into the water from the boat.  Regularly have your boat’s electrical system inspected and upgraded by a certified marine electrician to be sure it meets your local and state safety codes and standards.  Never use a home extension cord on a dock or near water. Only use shore or marine power cords, plugs, receptacles and install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all dock receptacles.  GFCI outlets or circuit breakers prevent shock and electrocutions by quickly shutting off power to the circuit.  Know where your main breakers are located on both the boat Electrical to 10 

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 Electrical from 9 and the shore power source so that you can respond quickly in case of an emergency.  Be aware of any potential electrical hazards by checking for nearby power lines before boating, fishing or swimming.  Use a power pedestal or dockside electrical system designed with corrosion-resistant materials to provide electricity safely on the dock.  Install bonding jumpers on all metal parts on the dock ladders, boat lifts and the dock frame. This device connects all the metal parts of your dock to a ground rod on the shore. When your dock is properly grounded in this manner, any electrical charge on your dock will trigger the GFCI and shut off power immediately.

PROTECT YOUR BATTERIES There is a benefit in removing batteries and storing them in a warm environment over the winter. The cold saps the juice out of batteries, providing less cranking capacity. The other benefit is the cable connections get cleaned when the battery gets put back. To double the life of a battery there is a little charger called a battery tender that you can leave on the battery all winter. It will not overcharge the battery, while sensing the level of charge, only working as needed. The old chargers would overcharge and ruin the battery if left on all winter. Plus, batteries have increased in price, so it makes good sense to protect what you already own. — Dave Pedersen is a freelance writer from Brownton.

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nglers will find a variety of changes in the 2020 Minnesota fishing regulations booklet, including new possession and length limits on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River. This is the first comprehensive update of regulations on the Mississippi River border waters in nearly 70 years. The new border waters possession and length limits for most game fish species went into effect March 1, and were developed based on decades of biological data, as well as substantial public input during 2018 and 2019. The new regulations for the Mississippi

River border waters and Lake Pepin include lower possession limits, and changes to some length limits, for walleye and sauger, northern pike, channel and flathead catfish, shovelnose sturgeon, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, and white and yellow bass. The changes are proactive measures that will help both states manage the effects that changing river conditions, invasive species and increased angling effectiveness have on fish. Wisconsin has approved identical regulations that into effect April 1. Some examples include:  Walleye and sauger limit has decreased from 6 to 4.  Crappie, sunfish, and yellow perch limit has decreased from 25 to 15 each.  White and yellow bass limit has decreased from 25 to 10. Page 7 of Minnesota’s new regulations book highlights changes for 2020 throughout the state, including:  The 40 inch minimum length limit for northern pike in Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Crow Wing lakes (Hubbard County) and

Mitchell Lake (Crow Wing County) has changed to a 24-36 inch protected slot, with only one over 36 inches allowed and a possession limit of three.  The catch and release regulations for largemouth bass on Turtle Lake (Ramsey County) have changed to a 14-20 inch protected slot, with only one over 20 inches allowed.  The 12-20 inch protected slot limit for smallmouth bass on Turtle Lake (Itasca County) has changed to a 14-20 inch protected slot, with only one over 20 inches allowed.

NEW SPECIAL REGULATIONS  The possession limits for walleye on Green Lake (Kandiyohi County), Horseshoe and Minnewawa lakes (Aitkin County) have been reduced to three.  The possession limit for black crappie in Mound Lake (Todd County) has been reduced to five. For more information, visit dnr.state. mn.us and anywhere Minnesota fishing licenses are sold.

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Bait & Hook Seafood and Grill offers fresh fish year-round BY KAY JOHNSON johnson@hutchinsonleader.com

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ne of Central Minnesota’s most popular fish and seafood restaurants can be found in Cokato, Minnesota. Bait & Hook Seafood and Grill has earned a stellar reputation as a “go-to” place with recommendations by Mpls./St. Paul and Lake Minnetonka magazines. In this Dockside Q&A Chef Miha and his wife, Alisha, talk about the restaurant and how to cook fish. Bait & Hook opened three years ago. The restaurant has earned an excellent reputation for its fresh fish and seafood menu items. How did the restaurant come to be? When we moved from New York City in 2015, we noticed there were not many fresh seafood options around. We specialize in seafood, but include steaks and non-seafood items on the menu to cater to all non-seafood lovers as well. How does Chef Miha keep his white coat spotless? Where did he learn to cook? Did he always want to be a chef? We take cleanliness very seriously, and it starts with the Chef keeping a clean coat and uniform amongst the staff. We strive to keep the restaurant clean as well, because it’s part of creating a great experience for our guests. Miha learned to cook from a young age while standing alongside his mother. He enjoys being creative with spices and fresh local produce/fish and meat to create dishes that are unique and different to our community. He worked in various restaurants in New York City, which helped him understand not only cooking, but also how to run restaurants starting from the bottom up. Miha moved to NYC in 1995 and started out as a bartender. He really enjoyed mixing drinks and cocktails, and this grew into his passion for cooking in the kitchen. He worked in high-end restaurants in NYC, the first being a supper club in Midtown Manhattan. It is there that he learned the importance of creating a guest experience in the service industry. There are so many moving parts in the restaurant industry starting in the back of house to the front of house. It’s the details that are important in creating that overall lasting impression when you go out to eat. We like to go out to eat and experience different cuisines and dishes. We look for the restaurants that make us go “wow” when we walk away. It might be the service, food, ambiance or a combination of all that make us want to come back. That is our hope for our guests when they walk in the door. Customer service is very important, and we want our guests to feel that warm engagement from the moment they walk in. Of course, the food is also part of this, and that is why we put a lot of attention in creating fun and delicious dishes for our customers. How is it you’re able to serve fresh fish and shellfish? Many restaurants use frozen fish? Do you? How does it compare with cooking with fresh fish? We prefer to use fresh fish because the taste is much better than

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Chef Miha uses fresh fish at Bait & Hook. Why? Because the taste is much better than frozen. To access fresh fish, he uses local distributors Fortune Fish and Fish Guys in Minneapolis. frozen. We use our local fish distributors (Fortune Fish and Fish Guys) from Minneapolis. Our fish can be ordered as late as midnight, and we are able to get the fish by noon the next day. Most of our fish comes from Maine. What’s your favorite fish to cook with and why? What is your favorite preparation? Halibut. It’s a meaty white fish and its really flaky and pairs well with many different grains. We prefer to serve this fish Hawaiian style. We use a mixture of pineapple, Malibu Rum, coconut milk and macadamia nuts. Minnesota’s fishing opener is May 9. Why is walleye considered the king of Minnesota game fish? What makes it so popular? This is a tough one, because when we were in New York City, we did not cook with this fish. Miha quickly learned that this is a popular request around here. In fact, it is our No. 1 selling fish in our restaurant and now for takeout during COVID-19.

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 Fresh Fish from 13 What’s your favorite preparation for walleye? We enjoy baking it with salt, pepper, lemon juice, butter and olive oil. We use a house-blend seasoning (like Cajun), with cilantro and fresh garlic. Wrap with tinfoil and bake it for 15 minutes or until done at 350 degrees. It’s very healthy and delicious. Bait & Hook, 525 Cokato St. W., Cokato, is open for take out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. The restaurant posts its take-out menu on its Facebook page. For more information, call 320-286-4628.

LOCAL FOODIES SHARE WALLEYE RECIPES It’s not surprising the walleye is the most sought-after fish in Minnesota. It’s challenging to catch and its meaty, mild-flavored, white fillets are delicious to eat. With that said, what’s the best way to cook this “king of fish”? That’s like asking what’s the best chili. Each person has notions about what tastes good. It can be fried, baked, broiled, grilled or deep fried. It can also be marinaded, breaded, battered, pickled or stuffed. When Karen Schlueter-Morland, Hutchinson, was given fresh walleye fillets, she turned to Chef Lucia Watson’s cookbook, “Freshwater Fish,” for ideas. Watson described her recipe, “Sauteed Walleye with Sour Cream

and Dill” as “simple and sublime.” Schlueter agreed. Schlueter-Morland adapted Watson’s recipe and served it with a salad of cabbage, onions and mustard greens tossed with a vinaigrette and fresh asparagus.

SAUTEED WALLEYE WITH GREEK YOGURT AND DILL Ingredients: 4 fillets 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup cornmeal Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons of coconut ghee or use a combination of butter and olive oil Directions: Rinse the fillets and pat dry. Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper and dredge the fillets, shaking them lightly to remove excess flour/cornmeal. In a large skillet, heat the coconut ghee until the foam subsides. Saute the fillets over medium heat until golden, turning them once. Remove to two warm plates. Wipe any crumbs from the skillet and return to a medium-high flame. Add wine and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half. Whisk in the greek yogurt until smooth, remove from heat, and add herbs and lemon. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over fish and serve immediately.

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Karen Schlueter-Morland’s finished walleye dish is a feast for the eyes. Her side dishes included a fresh salad of cabbage, onion and mustard greens and fresh asparagus.

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SOUR CREAM AND DILL SAUCE Ingredients: 1/2 cup of white wine 6 tablespoons of greek yogurt 2 tablespoons of fresh dill 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley or chives copped zest of 1 lemon, chopped

WALLEYE/SHRIMP CAKES Carolyn Vollmer of Litchfield submitted her recipe for Walleye/ Shrimp Cakes to the 2015 Hutchinson Leader Recipe Contest. It earned first place in the Main Dish category. “My husband brings home the fish,” Vollmer said. “I usually bake walleye with olive oil, butter and some seasonings. If it’s filleted well, there are no bones.” When it comes to her winning recipe, Vollmer said she likes to eat the cakes fresh rather than after they have been frozen. “It’s so much better fresh,” she said. Ingredients: 14-ounce walleye, boned, cleaned, skinned, cut into cubes, after boned 6 ounces shrimp, deiveined In a food processor, pulse to coarsely chop the shrimp and walleye fillet. In a medium bowl, combine thoroughly, these ingredients below: 1 large egg, beaten slightly 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon black ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 2 to 3 drops hot sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder 3/4 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Add to chopped fish, 3 to 6 tablespoons dry bread crumbs or more if needed to form patties Make patties by forming 2 to 3 tablespoons of mixture into a thinner patty, by putting 1 to 2 cups additional dry bread crumbs or Panko crumbs, preferred, onto a dinner plate to move patty into after it is formed. Using hands to form patty. Continue until done. Place patties onto lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for an hour. You can freeze unused patties on sheet pan and put into freezer bags for future meals. Frozen patties do not need to be thawed before using. To serve: Fry in heated oil on both sides about 8 minutes, or until crisp on outside.

HORSERADISH TARTAR SAUCE Vollmer said you can use any tartar sauce with the Walleye/Shrimp Cakes or use this recipe to make your own. The Fresh Fish to 16 

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Christine Schlueter is a fan of Grilled Walleye Tacos. According to Schlueter, the fish can be cooked on the grill or fried in a pan. “They are both great,� she said.

3 3/4 cup shredded carrots (optional) Directions: In a mixing bowl whisk together canola oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Place fish into a gallon-size resealable bag and pour marinade over fish. Seal bag (move bag around to evenly coat fish with marinade) and allow to marinate in mixture 20 minutes (and no longer than 30 minutes). Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill grates with oil and place fish on grill. Grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (cook time will vary based on thickness of fish). You can also grill the fish on a board or wrap it in tin foil. To serve: Transfer cooked fish to a plate, break into pieces and serve in warmed taco shells with cabbage slaw, avocado slices, carrots and other optional toppings.

GRILLED WALLEYE TACOS WITH LIME CABBAGE SLAW

LIME CABBAGE SLAW

horseradish can be adjusted to taste. Ingredients: 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed or dried to taste 2 teaspoon prepared horseradish Salt to taste Directions: In a small bowl combine all and refrigerate for an hour, to serve on patties. If using frozen patties. Prepare horseradish sauce the day of frying them.

Ingredients: 1 pound fresh walleye fillets or fish of your choice 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) Salt and pepper 6 corn or flour tortillas 1 large Hass avocado, sliced Sour cream, hot sauce or salsa, for serving (optional)

Ingredients: 1/2 small red cabbage, cored and sliced thin (8 oz) 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (run under cool water and drain to remove harsh bite. 1/2 small red onion) 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon canola oil Optional: If you prefer the creamy dressing add 1/2 cup mayonnaise Directions: Add cabbage, red onion and cilantro to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour lime juice and canola oil over top and season lightly with salt and pepper. For creamy slaw, add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to taste. Toss to evenly coat.

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Grilled walleye is served in warmed taco shells. Enhance the flavor with Lime Cabbage Slaw, avocado slices, carrots or toppings of your choosing.

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Few outdoor activities are more Minnesotan than angling for walleye on opening weekend: May 9. While many think of it as the season opener for walleye, it’s also the season opener for northern pike, trout, and depending where you are in the state — bass.

Reeling in the big one Whether you’re looking for walleye, black crappie or largemouth bass, central Minnnesota offers options BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES dnr.state.mn.us

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ake Ripley in Litchfield is known as one of the top bluegill lakes in the area. bluegill more than 8 inches are regularly sampled. If chasing large spring bluegill, anglers should be reminded to release the largest fish and keep some of the medium-sized fish. In addition, Ripley is known for black crappie with fish up to 12 inches regularly sampled. Ripley has fair numbers of northern pike with lengths

ranging from 14 inches-28 inches. There are also angling opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch, and large bullheads. Access to the lake is easy with public accesses and parks on both the east and west sides of the lake. The west access also has a fishing pier. • Lake Minnie-Belle, south of Litchfield, is a unique lake for southern Minnesota. With clear water and abundant vegetation, it’s a true “Up North” lake down in the middle of farm country. The main draw of Minnie-Belle are the large northern pike that are the result of a 24-36 inch protected slot limit. Pike up to 40 inches have been reported caught. Minnie-Belle also has trophy-sized sunfish and black crappie. In 2019 black crappie more than 14 inches were sampled and a sunfish up to 11.5 inches were sampled. Anglers also report having good success with walleye and largemouth bass. There are shorefishing opportunities via the Minnie-Belle Fishing Spots to 18 

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If you’re looking to introduce children to the sport of fishing, save the weekend of June 5-7. It’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota. Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a license on this special weekend.  Fishing Spots from 17 AMA where a fishing pier is located at the end of the path and at the Beckville Lutheran Church picnic grounds on the southwest corner of the lake. • Belle Lake, just 5 miles north of Hutchinson, is a historical walleye lake in the Hutchinson area. While walleye numbers have been down in the last few years, it’s still one of the best bets in the area. black crappie are also a good option for Belle with fish up 12 inches often sampled. Another target for anglers in Belle should be northern pike. While not in great numbers, the size of pike in Belle are above average. Other species for anglers are bluegill and large mouth bass. Piepenberg Park on the southeast side has a boat landing, swimming beach and a campground. • Collinwood Lake, 3 miles southeast of Dassel, is one of the walleye powerhouses in the Hutchinson area. With consistent very high net catches of walleye, anglers should be able to find some fish for the frying pan. Collinwood also has some large sunfish with fish more than 10 inches sampled during a 2018 survey. Anglers can also expect to catch largemouth bass, northern pike,

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black crappie, yellow perch and channel catfish. There are public accesses on the north and south sides of the lake and a county park access on the east side. The county park has a fishing pier, beach, and campground. • Lake Marion, just south of Hutchinson, is a twin walleye powerhouse to Collinwood. Consistent high catches of walleye produced some good fishing this past winter and it should continue into the spring and summer. A surprise from the 2019 survey was good numbers of large yellow perch. This is a rare occurrence in the Hutchinson area, so anglers should take advantage while they can. Also anglers can find nice-sized bluegill and largemouth bass in Marion. A public access and county park are on east shore as well as a lengthy shorefishing area along State Highway 15. • Lake Stella is 2 miles south of Darwin. It is one of the top multispecies lakes in the Hutchinson area. Lake Stella recently has been known as a great smallmouth and largemouth bass fishery with many fish more than 20 inches caught. In addition Stella has good bluegill and black crappie fishing, particularly in the early spring. On top of panfish and bass, Stella has an underrated nice northern pike population. While anglers may not catch numbers of pike, they


have a good chance of catching one over 30 inches. Lake Stella has been known as one of the area top walleye lakes for years. While things aren’t quite what they used to be, anglers still had success in 2019 on Stella for walleye and 2020 shouldn’t be anything different. Anglers should also be aware that walleyes in Stella have been tagged with metal jaw tags; anglers are being asked to report any tagged walleye caught to the Minnesota DNR. • Lake Washington, about a mile south of Darwin, is Lake Stella’s big brother. Fish freely move between the two lakes via a culvert under Meeker County Road 14. Being significantly shallower than Stella, Washington warms up quicker and can have dynamite spring fishing for bluegill, black crappie and bass. Walleye fishing on Washington isn’t what it used to be, however it can still have its bright spots. One suggestion is to try night fishing for walleye. While walleye used to be the draw, bass fishing is now the bright spot for Washington. Anglers can find both largemouth and smallmouth bass in both numbers and size. Washington does attract many bass tournaments on the weekends, so bass angling might be a better option during week days. • Big Swan Lake is north of Dassel. Big Swan is unique in that it is highly influenced by the North Fork of the Crow River. Water levels can fluctuate by 10 feet within a year. The main draw for anglers is walleye in Big Swan. The walleye population fluctuates year to year and can be dependent on Water levels, but has been abundant in the last three surveys. Crappie are another great option for Big Swan and a unique opportunity for anglers is targeting channel catfish. smallmouth bass have been increasing in recent years in Big Swan Lake with a number of young bass seen during fall sampling in 2019.

• Clear (Lake,) south of Watkins, is one of the top bluegill lakes in the Hutchinson area. Bluegill up 10 inches have been sampled, but the lake also produces good numbers of eater-sized fish. Anglers are again reminded in the spring to try and practice selective harvest by releasing the biggest sunfish and keeping some of those medium fish. For anglers who want to help kids catch some fish, Clear can be a good option. Small northern pike are abundant and could keep a family busy for an afternoon with also a chance at a bonus walleye. • South Fork Crow River flows through Hutchinson. Fish migrate from downstream up over the fish plunge pool ladder and continue their migration into Otter and Campbell lakes, with some fish continuing and migrating further upstream. The river supports a variety of fish species such as bigmouth buffalo, black bullhead, black crappie, brown bullhead, common carp, channel catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, redhorse, walleye, white crappie, white sucker, bluegill, green sunfish, orange-spotted sunfish, yellow bullhead and yellow perch. While anglers may have a chance to catch almost anything, walleye are often the big draw for fishing the river, and many anglers regard the river as the best walleye fishery in the Hutchinson area. Natural reproduction and downstream movement of walleye stocked in rearing ponds are believed to be the source of the walleye fishery within the Hutchinson city limits on the South Fork of the Crow River. There are plenty of shorefishing spots along the river within Hutchinson and also two boat accesses within city parks. — For more information about fishing in Central Minnesota, visit the Minnesota DNR at dnr.state.mn.us.

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It’s summertime fun Celebrate the season with festivals, runs, car shows, concerts and more BY KAY JOHNSON johnson@hutchinsonleader.com

When it comes to summer fun, it’s hard to beat spending a day on the water. Swimming, water skiing and fishing are just a few of the things to do on a sunny day. If you’re looking for a break, head inland and attend a fair, festival or outdoor concert. Start planning your summer activities with this handy guide. Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is recommended to call ahead or visit the event's website or Facebook page for the most current information. Friday, May 15: 8th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride. This event is free but advance registration is required by calling 320-235-3552 or email info@willmarlakesarea. com. Saturday, May 16: Paws on Parade Pet Walk for the benefit of the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter, Hutchinson. It takes place at the McLeod County Fairgrounds; 320-234-9699. Sunday, May 17: 16th annual Sunburg Syttende Mai Celebration, 211 Isola St. Join the town of Sunburg as it celebrates its heritage. Thursday, May 21: KRA Speedway Season Opener, 907 Seventh St. N.W., Willmar. KRA Speedway is a 3/8 mile, semi-banked dirt track on the south side of the historic Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar; kraspeedway.com. Saturday, May 23: Law Day 5k Run/Walk. Race begins at 9 a.m. at Flags of Honor on Robbins Island Regional Park, State Highway 71 N., Willmar. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, email zachh@kandiymca. org or call 320-222-9622. Friday-Sunday, June 5-7: Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota. Saturday, June 6: Crow River Fishing Tournament, 311 Second Ave. S.E., New London. Tournament starts at 7 a.m. at Neer Park. For more information or to sign up for the tournament call Greg at 320-354-2423. Saturday, June 6: State BMX Race Double at the Green Lake BMX Track, 221 W. South St., Spicer. Registration at 9 a.m. With race time at 11 a.m. For more information, email greenlake.bmx@gmail.com or call 320-403-2473. Saturday, June 6: Paddle on the Crow, 9 a.m.-noon at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, 12718 10th St. N.E., Spicer. All equipment will be provided. For more information, call 320-354-5894. Thursday, June 11: Wisdom and Wine Event at the Willmar Conference Center. This a fundraiser for the Willmar Public Library and features an evening of authors, wine, desserts, silent auction and entertainment. For more information, check the Wisdom & Wine event on the Willmar Friends of the Library Facebook page or call 320-235-3162. Friday and Saturday, June 12-13: Kandi is Dandy Days at Kandiyohi. This festival features live music, tractor pull, parade, kids activities and more. For more information, email kandiyohilighter@gmail.com. Friday-Saturday, June 12-13: Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted features headliners Luke Combs and Darius Rucker, plus many other stars; winstockfestival.com. Sunday, June 14: Smokin’ for The Link Rib Fest, 105 p.m. At Goat Ridge Brewing Co. at New London. This event is a fundraiser and features live music, rib tasting, craft beer and more. For more information, call 320-354-5465 or email director@youarethelink.org. Sunday-Sunday, June 14-21: 78th annual Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival features a week of activities for all ages; watercarnival.org. Tuesday, June 16: Litchfield Parade of Bands features an evening of marching band music. It begins at 6 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony. To learn more, visit Litchfield Parade of Bands’ Facebook page. Tuesday-Saturday, June 16-20: Atwater Festival Day offers family fun with a kiddie parade, street dance, grand parade, bingo and more. For more information, visit willmarlakesarea.com or email chairperson@atwaterfestivaldays.com.

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The NTPA Power Pull is Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. This event attracts 10,000 people for the weekend.


Friday-Saturday: June 19-20: NTPA Power Pull, McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson; powerpullnationals.com. Saturday, June 27: 26th annual Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run at 8 a.m. This four-mile run/walk starts and finished at Rice Memorial Hospital in downtown Willmar. For more information, visit carrishealth.com or call Allison Johnson at 320-231-4183. Saturday, June 27: West Central Wakesurf Open at Pirrotta Park near Green Lake in Spicer. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. For more information, visit spicermn.com or call Todd Ahrenholz at 320-444-0066 or email wcwakeopen@gmail.com. Friday and Saturday, July 3-4: Join the town of Prinsburg as it celebrates with activities and fireworks on July 3 and a Grand Parade on July 4. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. Saturday, July 4: Spicer 4th of July celebration features a craft fair, petting zoo, Grand Parade, fireworks on Saulsbury Beach and a street dance with the Fabulous Armadillos and more. Festivities begin Friday and continue through Sunday. For additional information, visit spicermn.com. Sunday, July 5: Green Lake Road Race 7 a.m. At Zorbaz on Green Lake, 159 Lake Ave. S. in Spicer. Registration packet pickup starts at 6 a.m. Followed by races at 7 a.m. For more information, email danh@ontherunpromo.com or call 320-894-5882. Thursday-Sunday, July 9-12: Litchfield Watercade features everything from a beach party and brat cookout to a Grand Day Parade, kiddie day parade, fireworks, contests, music and more. For additional information, visit watercade.com. Saturday, July 11: 15th annual Rusty Eyeball Car Show and Swap Meet, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Admission: Adults: $3, kids 10 or younger are free. For more information, call 320-235-9323. Tuesdays; July 14-Aug. 4: Rockin’ Robbins 2020 free concerts with music starting at 5 p.m. Followed by the headliner at 6:30 p.m. at Robbins Island Regional Park, State Highway 71 N., Willmar. This year’s headliners are: July 14: Chase & Ovation: A Salute to the Music of Prince; July 21: Mason Dixon Line; July 28: Wild Angels: The Women of Rock, Pop and Country; and Aug. 4: The Fabulous Armadillos. Pack a lawn chair and enjoy the music. Free shuttle service, beer/ wine tent and kids activities. For more information, visit willmarlakesarea.com or call 320-222-3090. Wednesday, July 15-Sunday, July 19: New London Water Days. Events range

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Saturday, Aug. 8: 14th annual Green Lake Kids Triathlon, 159 Lake Ave. S., Spicer. For more information, email danh@ontherunpromo.com or call 320894-5882. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 8-9: Heatwole Threshing Show, 15498 Walden Ave.; 320-587-9243 Sunday, Aug. 9: 17th Green Lake Triathlon, 159 Lake Ave. S., Spicer. For more information, email danh@ontherunpromo.com or call 320-894-5882. Saturday, Aug. 15: 22nd annual New London Music Festival at Neer Park, 311 Second Ave., New London. This event features live music, food and drink, plus family activities. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or email newlondonmusicfestival@gmail.com. Saturday, Aug. 15: Minnesota Garlic Festival, McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson; 320-543-3394, Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 19-23: McLeod County Fair at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson; 320-587-2499 or mcleodcountyfair.com, Saturday, Aug. 22: Raymond Harvest Festival features an amazing race around Raymond, waffle feed, Hawk Creek Run around Raymond, craft and flea market, cooking baking contest, kids tractor pull, kiddie parage, Grand Day Parade, kids carnival bean bag tournament and more. For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13: Atwater Threshing Days,1100 Kandi-Meeker Road, Atwater. This year’s event features the Oliver and Hart-Parr line of farm equipment; atwaterthreshingdays.com or call 320-894-3342. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 18-19: Due to the reconstruction of Main Street/ State Highway 15 S., the Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival and the Ambassadors’ Taste of Hutchinson are moving to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, 840 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson; explorehutchinson.com or call 320-587-5252. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27: Elks Gun and Coin Show at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson; 320-587-8989. Saturday, Oct. 3: Sixth annual Oktoberfest at Goat Ridge Brewery, 17 Central Ave. W., New London. Music starts at 2 p.m.; call 320-354-2383 or email goatridgeinfo@gmail.com. Saturday, Oct. 31: Spooky Sprint 5K Family Fun Run/Walk and 1/2 mile Kids Dash; spookysprint.org.

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Cheers to the red, white and blue Celebrate Independence Day with parades and fireworks BY KAY JOHNSON johnson@hutchinsonleader.com

Editor’s note: Due to potential changes in schedules, it is recommended to confirm any events you are planning on attending. Looking to salute Independence Day with fireworks? No problem. Here’s a list of parades and fireworks:  Annandale’s 131th annual Fourth of July features a parade at 10 a.m. The parade route begins at Poplar Avenue to Cherry Street, Oak Avenue and Park Street (State Highway 24). Fireworks are shot off at dusk at Annandale Municipal Park; annandale4thofjuly.org.  Chanhassen’s 37th annual Fourth of July celebration features a parade at 2:30 p.m. The route starts on West 78th Street and Chan View and follows Kerber, Santa Vera Drive, Laredo and ends on Chan View. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. at Lake Ann Park; ci.chanhassen.mn.us.  Billed as the state’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, Delano’s first Independence Day observance was on July 4, 1857. This year, celebrate with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4. A 27-minute fireworks show takes place at the end of the festival at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4; delano4th.com.  Excelsior Fourth of July features its Water Street Kids’ Parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks are at dusk on Lake Minnetonka; excelsiorlakeminnetonkachamber.com.  High Island Lake Conservation Club in New Auburn has traditionally hosted fireworks at dusk on July 4. For more informa-

tion, visit the High Island Lake Conservation Club’s Facebook page.  Red, Hot & Boom! in Mankato is 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and features live music and fireworks at 10 p.m. This event is at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater, 310 Rock St. W. Admission is free; 507-385-6660.  Maynard features a day of activities with a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.  Minneapolis Red, White & Boom on Saturday, July 4, features music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk along the downtown Minneapolis Riverfront; minneapolisparks.org.  Paynesville offers fireworks at dusk on July 4. They are set off over Lake Koronis.  Prinsberg hosts an annual Fourth of July celebration with a run, ice cream social, silent auction, parade and more. Fireworks at dusk.  Spicer’s Fourth of July festivities feature the Grand Day Parade at 10 a.m. The parade route follows Lake Avenue. The fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. at Saulsbury Beach. The best place to watch the show is from a boat on Green Lake; willmarlakesarea.com.  St. Cloud’s 74rd annual Fourth of July fireworks takes place at 10 p.m. For best viewing, visit Wilson and Hester parks, and along Fifth Avenue North. The St. Cloud Municipal Band plays its annual Independence Day Concert at 8:30 p.m. in Hester Park. There are fun and educational activities for kids of all ages, and food vendors in both Hester and Wilson Parks starting at 2 p.m.; stcloudfireworks.org.  Waconia Fireworks Festival is at dusk Saturday, July 4. Fireworks are launched from Lake Waconia Regional Park; destinationwaconia.org.  Watercade in Litchfield is hosting a fireworks show at dusk on Friday, July 10, over Lake Ripley; watercade.com. For more Minnesota fireworks shows, visit Explore Minnesota at exploreminnesota.com.

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