Director - Brad Wobbrock
December - 2017
As I write this report we are in the middle of trapping season. From what I have heard, trapping has been good with lots of fur being put up. We just had our first hard frost on November 6 and the lakes have a skim of ice on them although the centers are still open.
At the fall Board of Directors meeting we discussed NR trapping and we will be working on how to collectively bring this up at the Capital at the next session.
We appointed four directors to be on the Legislative Committee - Andy Shoemaker, Jeremy Eickhoff, Steve Pahlen and myself, along with President Todd Roggenkamp and Gary Leistico to represent trappers in St. Paul. We do have several groups out there that just do not want trapping at all. Please be careful trapping as well as representing ourselves as trappers. We need to stick together as an association and try to bring new members in as well.
District 8 took part in the Adopt A Highway early this fall. The location of our sign is just south of Owatonna on I-35. Brad Suemnick, Jim Blakley, Jon Salmonson, Jerry Hanson, Kathy and I participated. We had great weather, a lot of fun and laughter with the surprise findings we came upon. This will be an annual event, so please consider signing up to help. We will have sign-up sheets at both the spring meeting in Pine Island and the fall meeting at Cumberland’s. As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.”
This has been an election year and there have been many leadership changes and new faces in the association. Change is good and I look forward to working with them all.
District 2 - Director - Steve Pahlen
District 3 - Director - Larry Anderson
District 4 - Director - Behrant Miller
District 5 – Director - Dave Curtis
District 7 – Director - Brian Fischer
Kathy and I spent a lot of time going to the fall district meetings. Our daughter Maddie, Mitch and granddaughter Baizyl even attended a couple meetings. It was enjoyable to see how the meetings are run. Best thing about going to these meetings is the fellowship and of course the great food that is provided.
I would encourage members to check out the web site for dates and times of district meetings and attend a few if you can. It is a great opportunity to make new friends and maybe even learn something new. Also please consider donating to the tanned fur project
Winter General Membership Meeting is Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Askov at the East Central School, doors open at 8:00 am. Please try to attend and participate in the multiple events, consignment auction, dealers, fur buyers, competitions and the general membership meeting.
We will have our spring meeting in Pine Island again this year in March. I will have the date posted on the website once we have confirmed a date and will send cards out a month ahead of the meeting.
Please take time to read the newsletter from cover to cover. Also consider submitting articles and pictures. This newsletter represents all of our members beyond just the director’s reports.
Good luck trapping and please be SAFE!