Archive for October, 2019

Leech Lake Fishing Report for Oct 31, 2019

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Fishing pressure has been limited to a handful of walleye anglers that continue to pitch a jig and minnow or Jiggin’ Raps on the points, rocks, and shoreline breaks in less than 10 feet. Duck hunting has picked up with more divers and northern mallards showing up over the past week.

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Leech Lake Fishing Report for Oct 24, 2019

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the points and main lake rocks in 5 to 8 feet. Muskie anglers are doing best by trolling open water basin areas or working the cabbage beds in Portage Bay and Sucker Bay. Anglers continue to sort through perch for their keepers off Sand Point in 4 to 9 feet. Grouse hunting has been decent, and a few more diver ducks are being shot.

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Leech Lake Fishing Report for Oct 17, 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in less than 10 feet along Big Hardwoods and north into Sucker Bay. Sugar Point and Battle Point also are giving up walleyes in 5 to 9 feet and the rock pile in Kabekona Bay has produced walleyes with a slip bobber and minnow. Muskie action has slowed a bit, but Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are worth working with topwater baits, while crankbaits have triggered some fish around Cedar Point in Walker Bay. There’s been a few more duck hunters out and they’re seeing more of a mixed bag this week.
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Tantalizing Trivia about Treats in Minnesota

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Everyone agrees that the best part of Halloween — at least for younger folks — is the tradition of trick-or-treating. When else can you walk up to any old house in your neighborhood, knock on the door, and be given a handful or two of free candy, no questions asked?

So as Halloween draws closer, our sweet tooth gets stronger and stronger! To satisfy your sugary cravings in the meantime, we have some super sweet facts about the history of candy in Minnesota.

 

 

The Mars Candy Company

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Did you know that the founder of the Mars Candy Company, Franklin Clarence Mars, was born in Glenwood, Minnesota? When Franklin came down with a mild case of polio as a young boy, his mother taught him how to hand-dip chocolate candy as a way to pass the time. This instilled his life-long love of all things candy! Eventually, he and his wife Ethel moved to Minneapolis in 1920, and founded Mar-O-Bar Co., which would later become Mars, Inc. Today, Mars, Inc.  is the largest candy company in the United States. They produce all of your favorite candy bars, including Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Dove.

 

The Milky Way bar has a particularly interesting history. The bar was actually invented by Franklin’s son, Forrest, while the family was living in Minnesota — meaning it is the best-selling candy bar ever invented in our state! Originally, Milky Way bars were available with both chocolate or vanilla nougat flavors. The name “Milky Way” refers to the inspiration for these flavors – milkshakes! In 1936, the vanilla Milky Way bar was renamed the “Forever Yours” bar, which was sold until 1979. (If you’re curious about what these bars taste like, try a Milky Way Midnight. It is based on the original vanilla Milky Way variety.)

 

Pearson’s Candy Company

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Although Mars, Inc. outgrew its facilities in Minnesota and moved to Virginia, another candy company has always called the Twin Cities home. Founded in 1909, Pearson’s Candy Company produces such classic favorites as Nut Goodies, Salted Nut Rolls, and the good ol’ Bit-O-Honey. At first, the Nut Goodie was Pearson’s big seller. The unique combination of flavors, including chocolate, peanuts, and the signature maple nougat, made the candy hugely popular throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s.

 

When the Great Depression struck in the 30’s, the Pearson family introduced the Salted Nut Roll. The delicious, distinct combination of smooth, creamy nougat and perfectly salted peanuts — sold at a price that anyone could afford — was just the thing to help ease the woes of a country down on its luck.

Today’s Treats

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The tradition of delicious candies that have their origins in Minnesota continues today. Confectionaries like Aunt Belle’s in Walker, Chocolates Plus in Bemidji, and Cuzzin’s Candy Store in Park Rapids continue to hand-make delicious sweets for your enjoyment. So, whether you decide to enjoy a tried and true Snickers bar, a classic Nut Goodie, or a gourmet handmade chocolate, be sure to thank the fine folks who carry on the proud tradition of treats in Minnesota!

Hilarious Halloween Costume Ideas for 2019

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Halloween is just around the corner, which means if you want a unique, creative costume this year, it’s time to start planning now! To help provide some inspiration, we have some very Minnesota-inspired and very original costume ideas for you to consider this year. We can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be the only one at your office Halloween party to rock these inventive looks!

 

Kirk Cousins Itt

 

 

It’s true – the Vikings aren’t having the best season, and that’s particularly true about Kirk Cousins. But if you’ve been a fan of football in MInnesota for a while, you know it could be worse…because we’ve seen worse. One great thing about this Kirk Cousins Itt costume, though, is that you can proudly display your allegiance to the Vikings without showing your face. (And if he makes a few more costly fumbles, Kirk himself might think about rocking this costume.)

 

The Eelpout-ing Angler

 

 

“How come Tom always gets to sit in the lucky seat?”

I wanted to fish in the open water, why are we in these dumb reeds?”

“Well, nobody reminded me to bring my own bait!”

Ahh, yes, the Eel-pouting Angler. We all probably know someone who tends to constantly complain about their terrible “luck” on the lake…when it seems that much of their “bad luck” has more to do with their lack of patience.

The great thing is that you probably have everything you need for this costume. Just put on a bad attitude and you’re ready to go!

 

Paul Bunion

 

 

Even legendary heroes deal with some of the same day-to-day problems as us regular folks. Perhaps Paul had trouble finding work boots that fit his oversized feet, or spent a few to many miles walking the Paul Bunyun trail (which, of course, is his favorite).

We considered making this into a couple’s costume, but we’re not sure how one would put together a costume for Babe the Blue Oxalosis. (Trust us, we don’t want to hear your ideas…)

What crazy costumes do you have planned for Halloween this year? What’s your favorite costume of all time?

Leech Lake Fishing Report for October 10, 2019

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot cabbage in Portage Bay and on Second Duck Point in Sucker Bay over 8 to 12 feet. Sand Point in Walker Bay is worth hitting for perch and walleyes in 5 to 12 feet, while perch are going on Huddle’s Reef in 6 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been light, and duck hunters aren’t seeing much for new birds in the area.

Leech Lake Fishing Report for October 3rd, 2019

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Perch action remains strong off Sand Point and the narrows in 5 to 8 feet or 10 to 15 feet. A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 7 to 9 feet or on the 10- to 15-foot breaks around Star/Oak, Hardwoods, GrandVu Flats, Sand Point, Cedar Point, and additional shoreline breaks in Walker Bay. Muskie anglers continue to do best on the main lake rocks, but a few bigger fish have been caught from the remaining weedbeds.

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