Fall Meeting 2021 at Lake Bemidji State Park

2021 was quite a year! The drought and Covid 19 and variant certainly made for challenges, but it was great to see everyone again at the Bemidji State Park. Our final mushroom hunt of 2021 was a success!
We had a good turnout of members and some new members signed up as well. The recent rains resulted in a variety of mushrooms, we had another excellent pot luck and a short meeting. At the meeting we discussed what worked for the last year, members stating that the Web site is valuable. It was noted that some are not getting notice of meetings and were encouraged to contact
Hiking with the North Country Trail Association should continue once a year.
Also stated that we should do more education at the start of the foray on how to collect mushrooms.
Suggestions for winter meetings are to do some cooking classes, a “ready to fruit” presentation that Michael and Toby will look into . Members asked again for a Bolete identification class. [Gene Kremer is willing to do this by Zoom]
Mary Mitchell retired, Congratulations! She says we the food shelf meeting room should still be available for winter meetings if we are able to meet in person this year.
The current schedule of Saturday foray days and 10 AM times are still fine with members. The foray Committee will reconvene in January to plan the 2022 schedule. If members are interested in hosting a foray contact Michael at:
Let’s look forward to a more bountiful 2022!

Annual Meeting and Log Inoculation Demo (Spring 2021)

Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club had our annual meeting on May 22 outdoors at the Helga Town Hall. We had a beautiful day for the meeting with great turn out of members excited for a new year of learning about mushrooms!
The meeting began with an inoculation event. Doug Gilbertson Michael Blassey talked about the process and guided members as they prepared their own logs to take home. Thank you to Doug for providing the logs and Michael for this fun event.

Outgoing President Gene Kremer led the meeting and reviewed the upcoming forays for this year.
Offices up for re-election were president and secretary. Steph Anderson will continue to act as secretary and Gene Kremer chose not to run for president. Paula Peters agreed to be interim president for a year as we work to find a new one. Many thanks to Gene Kremer for the work he put in as president and the many miles he put on attending forays, setting up meetings and finding interesting programs.
I look forward to seeing many of you this summer and enjoy being back in the woods again! Please check this website for upcoming foray details and membership information.

Paula Peters

Annual Meeting Minutes  2021

Minutes of the 2021 Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club Annual Meeting
May 22, 2021 Helga Township Hall (Picnic Shelter)
Present at the meeting:
Cheryl Berglund
Mary Zurn
Mary Mitchell
Paula Peters
Susan Roberts
Garry Roberts
John Mikesh
Mike and Charlotte Tew
Doug and Sharon Gilbertson
Wayne Goeken
Janet Nelson
Mara Wilson
Anita Linberger
Janice Springer
Michael Blassey
Gene Kremer
Jo Cornell

• Annual Report
• Membership/Treasurer Report
• Foray Committee
• Election of Officers
• New Business

Gene gave a quick report of 2020 activities

Treasurer and membership report – Mary Mitchell
We ended the year with 37 memberships and a balance of $1260.49
Expenses in 2020 were:
$250.00 1/16 Alan Bergo for presentation [Ed. $110 reimbursed]
$100.00 3/12 Donation to Bemidji Community Food Shelf for building use
$221.83 9/24 for Website
$132.48 11/17 for banner

Current membership as of meeting date is 51 individuals/households
Current balance is $1290.90

Foray Report – Paula Peters
The June 10th program is cancelled (Gene)
The following forays are scheduled for 2021:
• July 24 Three Island Park, Turtle River. Foray leader Janet Nelson, Assistant Paula Peters
• August 7 Mara Wilson property near Nevis. Leader Mara, Assistant Michael Blassey
• August 21 Scenic State Park, Big Fork. Foray leader Michael Blassey, Assistant Mary Mitchell
• September 11 Anita Linberger property. Leader Anita, Assistant Mara Wilson
• September 18 North Country Trail Nelson Lake, in conjunction with the North Country Trail Association, Leader Janice, Assistant Karen Echternacht
• October 2 Lake Bemidji State Park, Leader Michael Blassey, Assistant Janet Nelson

Election of Officers
The positions up are President and Treasurer. Gene shared that he needs to spend more time and home and needs to step down. Mary agreed to continue as Treasurer/Membership. Paula Peters said she would be willing to be Interim President for one year.
Janet Nelson nominated the slate of officers
Mary Mitchell seconded
There was no discussion
Nomination was approved unanimously

New Business
Member Wayne Goeken is associated with the Fertile Sand Hills and would like to do an August foray there as he has observed numerous mushrooms there. Someone? Will be in touch with Wayne.

The meeting was adjourned and the potluck started.

September 26, 2020 LaSalle Rec Area Foray & Annual Meeting

Janet Springer with Laetiporus
We dodged the rain once again and had a pretty well attended foray (for these covid times) followed by our annual meeting. Paula Peters is back on the board as Vice-President and Mary Mitchell will continue as Treasurer/Membership. Next Spring we will elect President and Secretary. Michael Blassey will head up the Events committee with some help. Steph was out of town so Paula took notes which will be published here soon.

August 22, 2020     Scenic State Park

74 degrees and muggy! But it didn’t rain while we were out. 10 club members braved the mosquito laden trails to be rewarded with baskets full of chanterelles Cantharellus flavos, lobster Hypomyces lactifluorum and hedgehogs Hydnum rapandum mushrooms. Many smiles were seen at the social distanced ID table. Michael’s super star mushroom of the day was a Lactarius indigo. Albeit, he was the only one to see it.


Selected previous reports:

Boundary Waters Mushrooms

Alan Bergo cooking presentation January 2020