Annual Pot Luck Sat., April 26, 1 PM

Our annual Pot Luck will be Saturday, April 26, 1 PM, at the Helga Township Community Center in Nary, south of Bemidji.

Bring a dish; mushroom based is nice, but not necessary.  Besides eating and visiting we will plan our forays for the year. Any foray suggestions are appreciated.

Helga Township Community Center

25895 County 9                                                                                                            Bemidji, MN 56601

Directions: . From US 71 south of Bemidji, follow sign to Nary. Go east about two miles to Nary on County Hwy 9.  The Community Center is in the old school buildling on the south side of Hwy 9.

TV show about Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club to air on Lakeland TV

A TV show produced by Scott Knudson at Lakeland Public TV will be the Common Ground Season 5 Finale. It will premiere on Lakeland Public Television April 24 at 7 PM, and repeat over the weekend.

It will also be available on You Tube, concurrent with the first broadcast and any time you wish to view it afterward. We will post information about the link to You Tube when we receive it from the station.

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 AM Foray at Concordia Language Villages

We will meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Concordia Language Villages on County Hwy. 20.  From there we will proceed to Waldsee, the German village, for our foray. Directions:  Hwy. 20 (sometimes called the Golf Course Road) can be reached several miles north of Bemidji. Drive about 6 miles east to the entrance to the Villages, where there is a large parking lot.

If you arrive late and we’ve already driven in, drive into the language villages and bear left to get to Waldsee.  You’ll see a parking lot in front of a large building that has a tunnel through it (it’s called Bahnhof).  Park, and then go to the building and through the tunnel.  There will be tables and chairs set up there for us. (They will be moved into the tunnel in case of rain.)

Bring a lunch with you and we’ll have a picnic there after the foray.

Change in plans

Change in plans:  We will not have the Celebration of Mushrooms Weekend Sept. 6-8, because not enough people signed up.

Sat., Sept.7, 9 AM we will have a foray at Deep Portage.   See Calendar of Forays page (click on “Calendar of Forays” in black banner above, just below the opening photograph).


Report on May 25 Foray

We had our first foray of the year Sat., May 25, near Ten Mile Lake, where there had been an aspen cut.. Some morels were found, but it seemed that it was still early for them. Scott Knudson from Lakeland Public TV was there doing a lot of filming for a show planned for probably some time early 2014. We’ll keep you posted on that.

Report on April 13 Pot Luck and Meeting

Our annual pot luck lunch and meeting was held April 13 at the Helga Township Community Center in Nary, south of Bemidji.  As usual, we had a good selection of dishes, many of which used mushrooms.

Getting the food ready in the Helga Twp Community Center kitchen

Presentation on Cultivation by Mike Kempenich

Anna Gerenday brought Mike Kempenich from the Twin Cities and he did an informative and fascinating presentation on mushroom cultivation. Mike is a long time mushroom hunter and cultivator and now has a business selling cultivated and collected mushrooms, The Mikeology Store (  He focuses on growing the best and most beautiful mushrooms and delivering them quickly to customers. His clients include many fine Twin Cities restaurants. Mike also manages the Minnesota Mushroom Forum on Facebook.

In the photo below he showed us a Hericium (Goat’s Beard) mushroom he cultivated in rye grain and wheat straw in a plastic bag with a filter patch to allow some air exchange.  When mycelae developed he put a hole in the bag.  And here you can see the results.

Mike Kempenich with Hericium (Goat’s Beard) he cultivated.


Kelly Larson on “The Safe Six”

Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club member Kelly Larson showed us the display and handouts she uses in a presentation on mushrooms she callsThe Safe Six.