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February 2009



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Congratulations to District Award recipients!


The annual Northern Lights District Dinner will be held Tuesday, February 10 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 4201 Regent Ave. N. in Robbinsdale. We will gather at 6:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Please come join your fellow Scouters for an evening of fellowship and mutual appreciation. The following Scouters will be receiving the District Award of Merit:

  • Larry Heyn, Troop 247
  • Kathy Larson, Troop 542
  • Marlys McFerrin, Troop 141
  • John Nixon, Troop 542
  • Jim Zeman, Pack 533

Miscellaneous Awards:

  • The award for Outstanding Scoutmaster goes to Daniel Ahlberg, MD, Troop 124
  • This year’s Outstanding Cubmaster is Tim Hammelman, Pack 751
  • Outstanding Committee Chair of the year is Steve Kriz, Troop 84
  • Scouter of the year goes to Leigh McDowell, Pack 299

The following people are Veteran Scouters. They are leaders who have been serving youth for at least 15 years:

  • Doug Farmer, Troop 542
  • Bill Fredrick, Troop 579
  • Jerry Mortenson, Troop 542
  • Bea Murphy, Troop 575
  • Don Rinkenberger, Crew 651

Congratulations to all award recipients! The Northern Lights district appreciates you more than you know.

Roundtable is moving forward by moving back

Roundtable gatherings now have a permanent “new” home at the LDS church at 86th and Noble Ave. in Brooklyn Park. Yes, we’re returning to our old home! Thank you to everyone involved in our efforts to relocate, to Prince of Peace for hosting us for the past few years, and to the LDS church for welcoming us back with open arms. Roundtable is held the fi rst Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for leaders, both new and experienced, to get ideas for Den, Pack & Troop meetings, and to meet other Scouters that are having similar experiences. You’ll also come away with a lot of information about upcoming district and council events that you can share with your Scouts and parents. Check it out!

Ice Fishing Derby

On Saturday, January 17 the ice on Medicine Lake was close to 24” thick. The bitter cold during the week leading up to that day made us a little nervous about attendance at the ice fishing derby. However, the high that day turned out to be close to 25 degrees, which felt positively balmy after subzero temps all week. After being cooped up with school cancellations, everyone was ready to get out and do a little fishing! Our apprehension turned out to be unfounded; between volunteers, Cub Scouts, leaders and family members, we had 325 people attend the derby!

The fish, though not as large as in some years past, were biting, and Nicholas Norling of Pack 329 caught the day’s largest, a 12” Walleye. Max Byzewski of Pack 205 also caught an 8” walleye. Nice job, boys!
Special thanks goes out to Greg Fackler for heading up this fantastic event. Frank Malone also helped out with setup and securing donations for the dozens of prizes that were given away. Thank you also to the gentlemen of the Order of the Arrow for manning the hot chocolate & hot dog stand, and everyone who helped with setup and cleanup. And of course, to everyone who brought their Cub Scouts out to enjoy a beautiful Minnesota winter day