September 7th, 2018 by Gary Osberg

The note this week was cut and pasted from my son Erik’s website He posted it in September of 2013.


“In our family, Labor Day weekend means a trip to Uncle Brian’s Cabin. It’s our way of saying goodbye to summer and one last weekend dedicated to feeling Minnesota. What I mean by that is a celebration of why we live here, sky blue waters, great food, fantastic fishing and family fun. This year, the weekend began with temperatures in the mid 80’s which lead to perfect swimming weather. Eventually the temperatures dropped far enough to make fishing the favorite activity. “The Cabin” is a gorgeous log cabin nestled in the woods on a small environmental lake near Aitkin, MN. It’s a great place to get away from it all, and the warm orange glow inside the cabin has a way of refreshing your soul.
This little lake doesn’t have much in the way of BIG fish, but it does have a healthy trout population. We’ve never really tried to fish for trout over Labor Day weekend, however, this year my son Willie demanded we give it a shot. Uncle Brian took Willie & I out in his 14 foot boat powered by an electric motor. We trolled the deep water with small crankbaits and “cow bell” rigs with crawler harnesses. Sometimes keeping it simple makes for a more enjoyable day on the water. No electronics, no big boat, no big motors. Just three guys trolling around hoping to feel the heavy strike on the end of the line. Low & behold, it worked. We managed to catch 3 nice eater sized trout that made the annual Labor Day feast even more memorable.
Keep in mind, just because Labor Day has come and gone, and it feels like summer is over, that doesn’t mean we are going to stop “feeling Minnesota”. Fall brings some of the best fishing of the year and hunting is going to be in full swing soon.

As always, remember “It’s not about having time, it’s about making time!”


Live From Here this week is a rewind to May and a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with Courtney BarnettDavid Rawlings, and comedian Neal Brennan. Plus: Chris Thile’s Song of the Week, “Tic Tac”; music from Madison Cunningham, including her tune “Remember, Remember”; the MPR radio acting company takes us on a tour of the Ingleview Elephant Sanctuary and chats with the mighty star Arcturus; and Tom Papa ponders life lessons from author Jim Harrison while visiting Springfield, Massachusetts.

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