ABC Newspapers Local News from The Anoka County Union, Blaine Spring Lake Park Life and The Coon Rapids Herald Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:30:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SLP residents bake nearly 5,000 cookies Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:30:17 +0000 Spring Lake Park residents came together to bake nearly 5,000 cookies during the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual make and take Christmas cookie classes.

The department offered two three-hour classes Dec. 13 at the Spring Lake Park High School. Approximately 20 enrolled in each section led by Randi Jacobson, a cook at the high school.

Lori Anderson frosts double whammy eggnog cookies at the first of two Spring Lake Park make and take Christmas cookie classes Dec. 13. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

Lori Anderson frosts double whammy eggnog cookies at the first of two Spring Lake Park make and take Christmas cookie classes Dec. 13. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

Both sections made 10 types of cookies: chocolate crinkles, double whammy eggnog cookies, lemon frosted pecan cookies, mini chip snowball cookies, molasses drop cookies, Oreo truffles, peanut blossoms, raspberry almond shortbread thumbprints, Russian tea cakes and white chocolate cherry shortbread.

Each participant went home with a dozen of each cookie and a recipe book so that they can make their favorites again at home.

Mother-daughter duo Robin Lawrence and Anna Apitz enrolled in the class for the first time this year. Parks and Recreation has hosted Christmas cookie classes for nearly two decades.

Lawrence is essentially done with her Christmas baking now, she said, but Apitz insisted that her mother still make peanut brittle in the coming days.

The two have already decided that they will return next year.

Lori Anderson was back for more cookies, signing herself and her friends up this summer when the class was announced.

“No one wanted to talk about Christmas cookies back in August, but we’re having lots of fun today,” she said as she frosted some double whammy eggnog cookies. It’s the first time she’s used a decorating bag, and she’s adding it to her Christmas list, she said.

For Maria Olson and her family, the class has become one of their holiday traditions.

Olson used to lead the class, and now she is happy to participate year after year.

“We are planning on many, many more years until I get old and crippled and can’t come,” she said matter-of-factly.

It’s a tradition for Maria Olson, far left, and her family do their holiday baking at Spring Lake Park’s make and take cookie classes. From left to right, Olson, Linda Moskalik and Nancy Nelson work on Russian tea cakes, while Stephanie Vooge and Olga Leininger tackle some mini chip snowball cookies. Mother-daughter duo Robin Lawrence and Anna Apitz package peanut blossoms to share with the class. Each of the nearly 40 participants in Spring Lake Park’s make and take Christmas cookie classes went home with 10 dozen cookies Dec. 13. ]]> 0
Council action clears way for Taco Bell restaurant Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:30:47 +0000 Action by the Coon Rapids City Council Dec. 2 to approve a final plat change for the Gateway Commerce Center development at Hanson Boulevard and Highway 10 has cleared the way for a Taco Bell restaurant to be built on the site.

But before construction can begin, a site plan will have to be approved by the Coon Rapids Planning Commission, according to Planner Scott Harlicker.

He expects a site plan to be submitted early in 2015, Harlicker said.

The final plat revision was needed because the parcel on which Taco Bell wants to build was designated for a bank in the original final plat approved by the council for Gateway Commerce Center in early 2008. The plat comprises 12 commercial lots on 32 acres.

But in a letter to the city, developer William Cooley, H&W Family LLP, and his representative Jonathan Adam, Silverstone Realty, said they “have exhausted all efforts to attract a bank to this site.”

Currently, Gateway Commerce Center is home to a Holiday Station store, McDonald’s and Caribou Coffee. The parcel for which the plat change was sought is next to the Holiday Station store and kitty corner from the McDonald’s, Harlicker said.

The original proposed bank use provided for a drive-thru; that would be retained with the Taco Bell restaurant, he said.

According to Harlicker, the land use change will have minimum impact on local traffic circulation and will include a pedestrian access to Gateway Drive, the road that was built from the Hanson intersection to serve the development.

Specific building designs and landscaping will be considered at the time of site plan review, Harlicker wrote in a report to the council.

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the final plat revision, finding that it was not a significant deviation from the original planned unit development site plan.

But Harlicker said that the commission was concerned that future proposed changes might overstep that threshold and require a look at the overall planned unit development plan.

The council was not unanimous in approving the final plat revision; Mayor Tim Howe voted no.

While flexibility was built into the original planned unit development approval for the Gateway Commerce Center, Howe said the plat changes that have been made are deviating from the original intent.

Indeed, there was concern expressed by the council members that the development could become a haven for fast-food businesses as opposed to sit-down restaurants that were envisioned for the property when the planned unit development was first approved.

But Harlicker told the council that restrictions placed on the development by McDonald’s when it purchased its Gateway parcel meant that Taco Bell would be the last restaurant use that would be allowed a drive-thru.

And the fact that a drive-thru was part of the plat for the previous proposed bank use caused Taco Bell to fall outside the McDonald’s restriction, according to Harlicker.

There are still three parcels in the plat that are earmarked for restaurants and they would be of the sit-down variety, not fast-food, because no drive-thru would be allowed, Harlicker said.

Council Member Ron Manning said the planned unit development needs more time and the site plan approval will ensure that a quality project is built.

In the view of Council Member Jerry Koch, a Taco Bell would be a good fit for the property with the access to Highway 10 and Hanson, he said.

The original plat also includes retail store, offices and a hotel.

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UnionHerald crime briefs for the Dec. 19, 2014 edition Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:30:55 +0000 Former Ham Lake woman’s charges dropped

With no state witnesses, a 20-year-old woman saw felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor domestic assault charges dismissed in Anoka County District Court Dec. 9.

Leeann Wanda Jones, of Burnsville, was charged after allegedly threatening her ex-girlfriend at their former residence on 169th Avenue in Ham Lake this July.

Jones and her ex-girlfriend told police two very different stories, according to the criminal complaint.

Jones’s former girlfriend said that Jones had moved out of the Ham Lake house when their relationship ended two months before the alleged incident in July, the complaint states. The woman went on to say that Jones threatened to break some of her belongings, broke down her bedroom door, pulled her hair, tried to throw a lamp at her, and hit her in the head repeatedly with a pot until the handle broke off. Then, Jones allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and chased the woman and her son out of their home.

Jones said that at the time of the alleged incident she and the woman were still in a relationship and living together in Ham Lake, the complaint states. Jones said she came home with a hickey and confessed to having an affair, and the woman locked her in the bedroom, so she broke down the door to escape. Jones told police that her former girlfriend placed her in a choke hold in the kitchen, so she attempted to use a lamp to defend herself, then reached for a pot to do the same, but the handle broke off, according to the complaint. So she grabbed a kitchen knife to get safely out of the home, she said.   

The woman’s 9-year-old son, present at the time of the alleged incident, told police he heard yelling and his mom’s direction to call 911, the complaint states. He said Jones chased the two out of the house with a knife.

~Olivia Alveshere

Andover man guilty of felony domestic assault

Dequan Ramel Bares Stewart, 25, Andover, was convicted of felony domestic assault in Anoka County District Court Dec. 9.

Terroristic threats and first-degree damage to property charges were dismissed.

When Bares Stewart and his girlfriend fought Sept. 10, he punched her in the face multiple times, she told law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint.

Bares Stewart was sentenced to 75 days in jail with credit for 28 days served. He will be on probation for five years and owes $1,130 in restitution and $385 in fees.

Bares Stewart was previously convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault in 2007 and 2012, and as a condition of his probation, he must attend domestic abuse counseling/treatment.

~Olivia Alveshere

House, apartment unit hit by burglars

Coon Rapids Police are investigating two residential burglaries that occurred last week, one at a house and one in an apartment unit.

A woman returned to her home on the 1600 block of 119th Avenue NW the late afternoon of Dec. 9 to find the front door forced open and jewelry, camera and computer stole.

According to the Coon Rapids Police report, officers checked with neighbors who reported nothing suspicious.

Police were contacted by the property manager at the apartment complex on 11600 block of Raven Street NW the morning of Dec. 10 to report that a window on a first-floor unit was broken and a resident had heard glass breaking.

Entering the apartment, police found no one home, but numerous items inside appeared to have been moved.

When the couple renting the apartment arrived, they reported a safe was missing from inside the bedroom closet as well as several medications, including a large bottle containing 240 pills of Vicodin, a prescription pain medication.

~ Peter Bodley

Man gets probation on terroristic threats guilty plea

A man who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of three felony charges after a “Molotov cocktail” device was found inside a Coon Rapids residence, has been placed on probation.

John Michael Udell, 24, Dayton, formerly of Coon Rapids, entered a guilty plea June 12 to a felony terroristic threats charge. A second terroristic threats count as well as an explosive/incendiary device violation charge were dismissed at sentencing Dec. 10.

Udell will be on probation for two years and was given credit for 45 days served in jail. Probation conditions include random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense and no use or possession of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol.

The early morning hours of April 30, 2013, Coon Rapids Police responded to a report of a possible explosion or incendiary device that had been found inside a residence on the 500 block of 112th Lane, where the homeowner, a woman, awakened to find what appeared to be appeared to be a “Molotov cocktail” on her couch.

According to the complaint, the device was a 40-ounce glass beer bottle with an amber liquid in the bottom and shotgun shells, fireworks, nails and wadding material stuffed throughout as well as a rag inside the bottle which trailed outside as a type of wick. There was also a plastic bottle of charcoal lighter fluid next to the bottle.

The woman suspected Udell, who she allowed to stay in the house, as the person who made the device.

Udell had been taken to the hospital earlier that morning for an unrelated medical condition and when police arrived to speak to him about the “Molotov cocktail,” he spontaneously said, “Wow, you’d think it was the Boston bombing or something.”

The Boston Marathon bombing had occurred April 15, 2013, about two weeks earlier.

Officers had not told Udell anything about the device being found at the residence or why they were at the hospital to see him before he made the statement, according to the complaint.

In a statement to police, Udell described how he had made the device, but denied planning to use it to harm anyone.

~ Peter Bodley

Anoka man sentenced for burglary

An Anoka man was sentenced Dec. 9 in Anoka County District Court on a felony burglary charge.

Brian Francis Bushey, 32, was given credit for 26 days served in jail on a third-degree burglary charge. He was not ordered to serve any more time behind bars but was placed on three years probation and must complete 60 hours of community service.

His accomplice, 36-year-old Coon Rapids resident Anthony Thomas Cocherell, was sentenced July 21 on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. Court records show Cocherell July 21 was also sentenced to 150 days on a separate felony charge of mail theft.

According to the criminal complaint, Bushey and Cocherell tried to burglarize an abandoned Coon Rapids home in the 9900 block of Linnet Street on the morning of April 1.

Police found that a padlock on the front door was broken, but the door was locked. After kicking open the door, authorities found two men trying to leave the home through a boarded up patio door window. In a post-Miranda interview, Bushey said they were looking for collectibles like vintage Star Wars toys.

~Eric Hagen

Spring Lake Park teen sentenced as an adult

A Spring Lake Park teen was tried and sentenced as an adult in two felony cases in which two victims were robbed, one at gunpoint.

Emmanuel Allen Mulbah, 17, was sentenced Nov. 25 in Anoka County District Court to 58 months in prison and give credit for 118 days served.

Mulbah was involved in two different cases, which he was questioned about last month with both attorneys and Anoka County District Court Judge John Dehen present.

According to the transcript submitted into the court records Nov. 17, Mulbah and Oteim Kara Gwanganalie, 18, of Fridley robbed a teen walking on Foley Boulevard in Coon Rapids the afternoon of July 30.

The teen had told police that two black males were hitting on a 15-year-old girl at a Coon Rapids Holiday gas station and that they jumped him after he left the gas station, according to the criminal complaint filed in the gas.

In his court testimony prior to him pleading guilty to a felony charge of simple robbery, Mulbah claimed that this teen was drunk and bothering two girls but he admitted that Gwanganalie punched this guy and Mulbah tackled him and held him down while Gwanganalie took his wallet.

This victim was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a closed head injury, jaw pain and hand contusion, according to the complaint.

The other incident happened the next day, July 31. According to the complaint, a 21-year-old man met two males at a Kwik Trip in Coon Rapids. Mulbah said in his testimony that he did not know this man, but claimed he was drunk and wanted to buy marijuana.

Mulbah said he knew someone he could buy marijuana from, so this man got in the vehicle with him. They stopped by a Coon Rapids home in the 10500 block of Grouse Circle where Mulbah grabbed marijuana and an unloaded gun.

According to the complaint, Mulbah held this gun against this man’s neck, demanding he hand over his money. Following a struggle, the victim ended up on the ground and $300 cash and an iPhone were stolen from him.

According to the complaint, police traced this gun to one stolen in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1997.

Mulbah said Lincoln Joshua Mulbah, 18, and a friend of his brother that he does not know were with him during this robbery. Mulbah pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault in the first-degree on this case. He was asked in his testimony if Gwanganalie was with them and he said he did not know. The victim identified Gwanganalie as one of the men who assaulted him.

Gwanganalie Oct. 14 pleaded not guilty to all charges in both cases and will go on trial Feb. 23, 2015.

Lincoln Mulbah was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 16. He also has a pending aggravated robbery case in Hennepin County.

~Eric Hagen

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Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:40 +0000 86801105

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer’s has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories?

Comfort First knows that caring for someone with dementia is about providing a safe and secure environment, focusing on personalized, supportive care.  Personal preferences could mean specific sleep schedules, picking out a favorite outfit or enjoying a much loved meal prepared for them.  It is really about involving each resident in a variety of meaningful activities and interactions and filling their day with joyful moments.   This type of care is best accomplished in a small, comfortable setting- which is exactly what Comfort First of St Louis Park has to offer.

Comfort First offers some advice to help caregivers and families navigate the holidays:


Make sure to visit.

Encourage visits, even if your loved one’s memory loss makes visitors uncomfortable. Socialization is important for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia – and for the people who take care of them. Prepare guests for the changes in your loved one, especially if the visitors have not seen him or her in a while.

Tell stories.

Encourage reminiscing and storytelling of favorite holiday memories and traditions. Often, long term memories are the strength of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Telling stories of childhood and early adult life can help them feel engaged and purposeful during visits with families and friends.


Keep everyone involved.

As much as possible, involve your loved in in preparing food, wrapping gifts and other familiar holiday traditions. Participating in familiar routines and tasks will promote their self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose during this special time.

Plan gatherings in familiar places.

If possible, plan to have family gatherings and activities at home, in surroundings familiar to your memory-impaired loved one. Holiday travel can be stressful for everyone, but it can be especially confusing and upsetting to people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Receive visitors early in the day when the person is less likely to feel fatigued, and watch for signs that your loved one is tiring – such as irritability, confusion or agitation.

Coordinate outings in advance.

Eating out is possible, but it’s best to make reservations so you can avoid a long wait, and you should check out the menu online before you go to ensure your loved one has dining options. Avoid noisy restaurants or buffets that offer too many options that might confuse your loved one. Dine in smaller, more manageable groups.


Be aware of surroundings and their impact.

Avoid situations that can cause confusion or frustration for people with memory loss, such as large crowds of people who will expect your loved one to remember them, loud conversations or loud music, unfamiliar surroundings and lighting that is too bright or too dark.

Take care of yourself.

Caring for someone with memory loss is time-consuming and stressful. It’s OK to accept help, especially during the holidays when you may experience physical and emotional exhaustion. If family members want to help, give them specific ideas for how they can aid you.

Comfort First’s Memory Care Community consists of private suites, including chef prepared meals, holistic activity programming and staff specifically trained to meet the needs of those living with dementia.

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Blaine children meet Santa Claus at city hall Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:16 +0000 Almost 200 children came to Blaine City Hall over the course of two Saturday mornings on Dec. 6 and 13 to meet Santa Claus and work on crafts.

The Morning at the North Pole event was sponsored by the Blaine Parks and Recreation Department, which received assistance from volunteers.

The cost to attend was $10 for each Blaine child or $11 for each non-Blaine resident. Adults paid $2 each. Groups came in at four separate times between 9 a.m. and noon both Saturdays.

Ryan Sorensen, 2, of Blaine, tries to tie a bow on Rudolph’s nose. Photos by Eric Hagen Santa Claus gives a candy cane to Blaine residents Caden Welna, 8, and his sister Teegan Welna, 6. Their younger brother (not pictured) Jackson Welna, 3, was also with them. Two-year-old Harper Reimann, of Blaine, tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas. The Rowe family, of Blaine, work on crafts at the Morning at the North Pole event Dec. 13 at Blaine City Hall. Pictured left to right are: Asher, 8; their mother Tonya; Isaac, 2; and Olivia, 6. Volunteers Patty Sandin and Jackie Durkot greeted the children as they prepared to see Santa Claus. ]]> 0
The Corner for Dec. 19, 2014 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:14:18 +0000 Have you noticed all of those statistics in the financial section of the newspapers or on a financial station and wondered what they all mean?  Well, I will try to give a little insight into these numbers.

There are many statistics which give information regarding the technical aspects of trading activity on the New York Stock Exchange and other exchanges. The list below is the most common information provided on a daily basis and some of their importance.

Market Averages: This is the high, low and closing prices and change of such averages as the Dow Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, Dow Transportation Average, etc. These averages and indexes give insight into short‑, intermediate‑ and long‑term market trends. Comparisons as to relative direction between these averages are made to give insight into the direction of the broader market compared to the more narrow averages such as Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is only composed of 30 stocks.

Trading Volume: This information, in figures, is the number of shares that were transacted on a given day on NYSE. Large increases or decreases are indications of public enthusiasm for buying or selling stocks. One exception is the large increase in volume on the third Friday of each month when options are converted into stock. Options expiration has to be analyzed differently then a regular trading day.

Advance, Decline, Unchanged: These numbers represent the number of issues advancing, declining and unchanged for the day. The Advance‑Decline Index is the net result of all the advancing and declining issues on the NYSE. The significance of this line is the comparison with the Dow Jones Industrial Average or other market averages to detect any divergence. Thus, in a bull market this line will often start down while the averages are still rising and, conversely, in a bear market will start to rise while the averages are still declining. It can be an early signal of a change in general market direction.

New Highs‑New Lows: This is another indicator of market strength or weakness. In a strong market, the new highs should greatly exceed the lows and follow the market averages. The opposite is true in a weak market. A signal to an impending directional change occurs when the market is declining and the issues begin to strengthen, or when the market is advancing and the issues begin to weaken over an extended period of time.

Short Interest: This is the total number of shares sold short. Selling stock short is a way to bet on the market or a stock going down. The higher the figure, the more bearish investors are (frequently at the wrong time). When the market is at its top, short selling has usually diminished to a fairly low figure, reflecting the general optimism. Member and specialist short selling are also looked at for sensitive market signals.

Short Interest Ratio: This figure is obtained by relating the month short interest to the average daily trading volume in the period concerned.  When the ratio moves up to two or more, it is generally considered a bullish sign, and when it declines to one or lower, the signal is bearish.

These are the most popular market statistics displayed in pages of financial publications.  The more you review this data, the easier it will be to understand and use. If you are a novice, then my suggestion is to focus on the averages, volume and advance-decline.

Quote of the Week: “New issues: The closest thing to a “Sure Thing” Wall Street has to offer.” — Norm Fosback

Bart Ward is the chief executive officer of Ward & Co. Ltd., an Anoka-based registered investment adviser – specializing in the management of stock and bond portfolios in companies which are listed on the NYSE.

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More money for county’s residential recycling program Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:30:57 +0000 An increase in state funding has enabled Anoka County to enhance the 2015 residential recycling program administered by its 21 municipalities.

The Anoka County Board Nov. 25, on the recommendation of its Waste Management and Energy Committee, approved the 2015 residential recycling agreements with its communities for the distribution of state grant dollars.

The base funding and tonnage goals will remain the same as 2014, but the county will provide additional dollars for enhancement programs, including, for the first time, source-separated compostable materials (organics).

According to Sue Doll, county solid waste specialist, the county has received $1,051,986 in funding from the state Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment program, plus $253,916.27 in Local Recycling Development Grant dollars.

That’s a $233,621 increase from 2014, and half of that increase has been earmarked for organics recycling, a new program mandated by the state, Doll said.

There are additional budgeted dollars available to cities from reserve funds if needed to supplement the state money, she said.

The majority of the state grant money is allocated to the base funding of $10,000 for each municipality plus $5 for each household, which is based on the latest population and household estimates available from the Metropolitan Council, according to Doll.

That base funding comes with tonnage goals, which are also the same as 2014, Doll said.

The annual municipal recycling goal is 190 pounds per person for single-family households (up to four units) and 175 pounds per person for multi-unit households (five units or more).

“This goal reflects the estimated tonnage needed to assist the county in achieving its recycling goals as established by the state of Minnesota,” Doll wrote in a report to the board.

There are also six enhancement grants available to communities, but those funds will only be reimbursed by the county on documented completion of the activities, according to Doll.

• Monthly drop-off events for at least eight months, $10,000 for municipalities up to 4,999 households and $15,000 for 5,000 and over households.

• Full-service drop-off center, $30,000 (only Coon Rapids is eligible).

• Parks and event recycling and curbside and multi-unit recycling, $2,000 for up to 2,000 households, $4,000 for 2,001 to 4,999 households and $6,000 for 5,000 and up households.

• General enhancement grant and organics collections, $1 per household for each program.

The agreement also lists the total amount that is available to each community through both the base funding and enhancement programs.

The 2015 agreement very much mirrors past relationships, according to County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, waste management and energy committee chairperson.

The additional recycling enhancement dollars help cities better serve their residents because they are flexible, Kordiak said.

And the addition of organics recycling funding represents “baby steps” needed to meet state goals, he said.

According to Brad Fields, county integrated waste management director, the state has set a target of 75 percent recycling plus organics by 2030.

Right now, the county is at 47 percent recycling plus 4 percent organics for a total of 47 percent, Fields said.

The county’s waste management master plan calls for the county to achieve 60 percent recycling and 15 percent organics by 2030 to meet the state’s goal, he said.

Total dollars available to each community in 2015 including base and enhancement funds are as follows:

• Andover, $108,400

• Anoka, $87,498

• Bethel, $25,260

• Blaine, $193,093

• Centerville, $33,359

• Circle Pines, $42,105

• Columbia Heights, $93,385

• Columbus, $34,129

• Coon Rapids, $234,370

• East Bethel, $56,364

• Fridley, $116,884

• Ham Lake, $74,261

• Hilltop, $26,779

• Lexington, $29,530

• Lino Lakes, $81,674

• Linwood Township, $37,384

• Nowthen, $34,353

• Oak Grove, $47,467

• Ramsey, $95,569

• Spring Lake Park, $46,396

• St. Francis, $45,969

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Outdoors column: Red rendezvous Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:52 +0000 After some considerable debate my crew settled on Upper Red Lake as the destination for our first ice fishing trip of the year.

The red-hot walleye action during the open water period that lasted into the fall was a good indication that it might continue well after ice-up and was why Red Lake topped the list. That, along with the fact that some of my posse members had a cabin a short drive away, really helped nail it down.

The author was seeing red when he nailed this nice early season walleye.Submitted photo

The author was seeing red when he nailed this nice early season walleye.Submitted photo

Fortunately for us we had an advance team that had been on the lake the week before we were to head up as well as the day before we arrived and had found the going to be extremely good and helped point us in the right direction right off the bat.

Usually by the time you hear about a hot bite it’s too late and you should have been there yesterday, but not this time.

We experienced the same intense action and started catching fish almost immediately and never really stopped for the next three days. All told we caught literally hundreds of walleyes with quite a few overs (over 17 inches) and plenty of solid keepers in the 16- to just under 17-inch range along with a few perch and some smaller pike.

Most of the action came in 10-11 feet of water using a jigging spoon like the VMC Rattle Spoon tipped with a minnow head or a tail along with a set line with a jighead hooked under the dorsal fin of a shiner.

The set rig or bobber rig helped put a few more fish on the ice but the spoon was the big ticket.

It’s not that often you can drill a couple of holes and never move and keep catching fish but we all did it. In fact we fished the third day out of the second day’s holes which didn’t freeze overnight. That’s about as good as it can get and a great way to kick off the hard water season. The action should continue for some time to come but will likely move deeper as the season progresses.

If you’re fishing the big lake for the first time you can see where the houses are but don’t worry that they’re on any structure or secret spot. The fish can be anywhere and you simply have to drill some holes and do a little fishing to see if they’re there. If not; keep moving until you start seeing and actually catching a few. See you on the ice.

Ron Anlauf is a contributing writer to the Outdoors page.

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Lyle A. Haney Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:13:10 +0000 Lyle   A.  Haney

Lyle A. Haney, age 82, of Coon Rapids, MN, formerly of Winona, MN, passed away at home December 18, 2014.
Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Esther; brother, Robert; and sister, Catherine Pintaro.
Survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane; twin sons, Kevin (Linda) and Keith (Chris); son, Paul; grandchildren, Julie Williams (Eric), Michael Haney, Katie McGee (Mark) and Kim Haney; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Zoey Williams; sisters, Fern Loesel and Marian Hartmann; other relatives and friends.
Lyle was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Retired Finance Director for the City of Coon Rapids. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Big Boy Lake in northern Minnesota. He enjoyed deer hunting on the old family homestead outside of Fountain City, Wisconsin. He was an active member of the American Legion and Zion Lutheran Church.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22 with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 – 4th Ave. So., Anoka, MN. Further services and interment in Fountain City, WI.
Coon Rapids Chapel (763) 767-1000

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Lyle   A.  Haney

Lyle A. Haney, age 82, of Coon Rapids, MN, formerly of Winona, MN, passed away at home December 18, 2014.
Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Esther; brother, Robert; and sister, Catherine Pintaro.
Survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane; twin sons, Kevin (Linda) and Keith (Chris); son, Paul; grandchildren, Julie Williams (Eric), Michael Haney, Katie McGee (Mark) and Kim Haney; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Zoey Williams; sisters, Fern Loesel and Marian Hartmann; other relatives and friends.
Lyle was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Retired Finance Director for the City of Coon Rapids. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Big Boy Lake in northern Minnesota. He enjoyed deer hunting on the old family homestead outside of Fountain City, Wisconsin. He was an active member of the American Legion and Zion Lutheran Church.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22 with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 – 4th Ave. So., Anoka, MN. Further services and interment in Fountain City, WI.
Coon Rapids Chapel (763) 767-1000

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Life Looking Back for Dec. 19, 2014 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:12:25 +0000 Christmas    

“O star of wonder, star of night … Guide us to Thy perfect light. We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.” Let’s remember it’s His birthday. Place your faith in His goodness … love and charity. Find the wonder in that star’s light and kindle it so it shines brightly all the time. Open your heart to peace and brotherhood, and the magic of Christmas will be yours. Live the spirit of the holiday and rejoice.

– 40 years ago, Dec. 20, 1974

Christmas is …

A special time as we celebrate the glory of Christ’s birth, and the hope and faith He brought to all mankind. May the joy and peace of this holy holiday abide with you and your families now and throughout the year.

– 30 years ago, Dec. 21, 1984

‘The Christmas house’

If Pat and Everett Bourbeau’s house isn’t the North Pole, it’s a close substitute. Spreading joy and cheer to adults and children alike, the Bourbeaus will open their home to more than 1,000 people between Nov. 27 and Jan. 20. Displaying the holiday spirit, “the Christmas people” believe in the meaning of the holiday and wish to share it with everyone. The Bourbeaus decorate their entire house with household items, from cotton to 5,000 Christmas lights. It is truly an indoor winter wonderland.

– 20 years ago, Dec. 16, 1994

• Compiled by Sue Austreng

Editor’s note: “Looking Back” is reprinted exactly as the items first appeared.

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