Minnesota Trappers Association
Legal Defense Fund / Banquet

Dale Jindra
11382 Bonnie Rd.
Brainerd, MN 56401
 
The Minnesota Legislature determines what will and will not become law. Literally. The Senate and House of Representatives meet in regular session each biennium for a total not exceeding 120 legislative days to make or not make our laws. Per Minnesota Statute Section 3.011, the Ninety-third Session of the Minnesota Legislature will begin on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 12:00pm. Why is January 3, 2023, the first day of Session? Again, according to Minnesota Statute Section 3.011, “the legislature meets on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year, unless the first Monday in January falls on January 1, when it meets on the first Wednesday after the first Monday.” Seems easy, or not. Even numbered years are easier: “In even-numbered years, the legislature convenes on a date set by joint agreement of both bodies.”
Regardless of when Session starts, the process of making or not making laws is important to everyone, and if you want to continue to meaningfully trap or benefit from those that do trap, you need to be involved during the Legislative Session. In 2023, the Minnesota Trappers Association, as with other state trapping associations and national trapping associations, will be involved at the state legislative and national legislative sessions around the country.
Involvement in the last two Sessions has in large part been limited by COVID restrictions. The 2023 Session should be more open to getting involved. A Trappers Day at the Capitol, in-person committee hearings and meetings with legislators should again be available to the public. You should take the time to “show up.” You should and need to support state and national trapping associations so they can show up. You can do this first by being a member, but also by volunteering and financially supporting your associations. Meaningful trapping is literally one legislative session away from being part of history and not part of the future. So, support and show up. I look forward to seeing you in St. Paul this Session.
Gary R. Leistico- MTA Legal Counsel
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Gary R. Leistico is an Attorney along with Attorney Jayne E. Esch at the newly established law firm of Leistico & Esch, PLLC., and has practiced civil and criminal litigation concentrating in the areas of natural resources, environmental, and agricultural law for the past 29 years. He is general counsel to the National Trappers Association and Minnesota Trappers Association.

2025 LDF Banquet Info

Greetings Members,

I am thrilled to announce some exciting developments within our committee! Don McGaffey has graciously accepted the role of the new Legal Defense Chair, and I will be stepping down from my position as chair. However, I will continue to support Don and the committee during this transition. Additionally, we warmly welcome Tim Alsleben as a new committee member, it is always refreshing when we have fresh ideas and perspectives to our team.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Don, Jodi McGaffey, Dewey Schmitz, Katelyn Jindra, Tony Willers, Eric Maijala, Troy & Mary Hanson, Paul Jindra, Courtney & Arron Brevik. Their unwavering commitment and contributions have been instrumental in our success.

Join the Fun as a Committee Member: If you’re considering joining the committee, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Don or any of our committee members. We value your participation and look forward to working together.

We welcome suggestions and potential donors for next year’s banquet. If you know of individuals or organizations willing to contribute, please feel free to reach out to any committee members. Let’s make this event a success!

Mark Your Calendars for Next Year’s Banquet and Meeting: We’re already planning for next year’s banquet and meeting, scheduled for January 11th, 2025. Tickets will be available starting at the summer convention. To purchase a ticket, please contact Katelyn Jindra at 218-820-5797 or kjjindra@gmail.com. Here are the details:

Banquet Place: Brainerd American Legion (708 Front St, Brainerd)
Winter Meeting Location: Forestview Middle School (12149 Knollwood Dr, Baxter)
Accommodations: Super 8 Hotel (14341 Edgewood Dr, Baxter) – Mention that you’re with the MTA to receive the special room rate by calling 218-828-4288.

It has been an honor to work with this exceptional committee. As I step aside, I express my gratitude to the board for their unwavering support. Now, it’s time to pass the torch to Don McGaffey, and I have full confidence in his leadership.

Thank you all for your dedication and enthusiasm.

Warm regards,
Dale Jindra Chair,
Legal Defense Committee

2024 LDF Banquet Info

Greetings Members,
The 2024 Legal Defense Fund Banquet was held on January 13, 2024. We nearly sold out the banquet tickets available this year, and we were very excited to see all who attended. Many people helped make this year’s banquet a huge success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous donors.

• Top Lot Stretchers Co.
• Cumberland’s Northwest Trappers Supply, Inc.
• Schmitt Enterprises Inc.
• Minnesota Trapline Products Inc.
• Minnesota Waterfowler Association, Scott-Le Sueur Chapter
• Leistico & Esch PLLC
• Paul Zieroth
• District 1
• Weber’s Wadena Hardware
• WildFire Fur
• Eufouric Brands LLC – Maluna.com
• Brainerd American Legion
• Dewey Schmitz Taxidermy
• Leon & Denise Windschitl
• Bert & Tweety Highland
• Dale and Brenda Jindra
• Tony Willers & Katelyn Jindra
• Aaron & Courtney Brevik
• Paul & Pam Jindra
• Joe Cyr
• Brian Fischer
• Eric & Kari Maijala
• Keith Friedsam, OTR Trap Supplies
• Steve Pahlen
• Ye Old Pickle Factory
• Stanley Christenson
• Troy & Mary Hanson
• Kimmy Thompson
• Shannon & Angie Cohrs
• Carlson Fur
• Rob Heavirland
• Don & Jodi McGaffey
• Bill Ruhland
• Central MN Whitetails
• Bogus Brook Fur Co.
• Ringneck Forever More
• Bluff Creek Outdoors
• Cashwise Liquor NE Brainerd
• Andy Shoemaker
• MN Sharp-tailed Grouse Society
• Incentive Trap Donors


We apologize if we missed anyone, the committee is truly grateful for each and every donation received. Please support these donors and thank them for supporting our organization. Because of the generosity of so many donations and generous people in attendance, we were able to raise $23,054 for the legal defense fund. These funds support the Board’s efforts to protect your trapping interests.

A special thanks to Luke Schubert for Auctioneer services and Brian Fischer for MCing the event. Also, the many volunteers who helped run the games and raffle items, we really appreciated everyone who took the time to help and make it a great evening.

We would also like to again thank all of the committee members Dewey Schmitz, Katelyn Jindra, Tony Willers, Eric Maijala, Troy & Mary Hanson, Paul Jindra, Courtney & Arron Brevik, Don & Jodi McGaffey. They all volunteer many hours and make the event a huge success. If you have suggestions or potential donors for next year’s banquet, please feel free to contact any one of the committee members. It would be greatly appreciated if we could receive donations from around the state. We will be accepting donations at the summer convention if you would like to bring them then.

Plans are underway for next year’s banquet and meeting scheduled for January 11th, 2025. Tickets will be available at the summer convention. You may contact Katelyn Jindra, at 218-820-5797 to reserve your ticket. The Banquet will be held at the Brainerd American Legion (708 Front St, Brainerd), the winter meeting will be at Forestview Middle School (12149 Knollwood Dr, Baxter) and a block of rooms are available at the Super 8 Hotel located at 14341 Edgewood Dr, Baxter. This is our host hotel, and we appreciate them working with us again. You can make your reservation by calling 218-828-4288, please let them know you are with the MTA, this will allow you to receive the MTA discounted room rate.

Finally, I have decided to step down as chair of the LDF Banquet. It has been a pleasure to work with a great committee and I want to thank the board for their support over the years. The committee has had great success and now it is time for the board to find the next person who would like to chair the committee. If you are interested in chairing this event, please contact me with questions or President Fischer.

Thank you
Dale Jindra – Chair, Legal Defense Banquet
218-821-1236

 

2023 Fall LDF Report

Plans are underway for next year’s banquet and meeting, which is scheduled for January 14th, 2023. Tickets will be available starting at the summer convention, $100 per couple & $60 for individuals. You may contact Katelyn Jindra, at 218-820-5797 to reserve your ticket. The Banquet will be held at the Brainerd American Legion (708 Front St, Brainerd), the winter meeting will be at Forestview Middle School (12149 Knollwood Dr, Baxter) and a block of rooms are available at the Super 8 Hotel located at 14341 Edgewood Dr, Baxter. This is our host hotel, and we appreciate them working with us again. You can make your reservation by calling, 218-828-4288, please let them know you are with the MTA, this will allow you to receive the MTA room rate.
Thank you.

Dale Jindra
LDF Banquet Chair

218-821-1236

2022 Fall LDF Report

Greetings,
It sure was great seeing many of you at a Summer Convention in Wadena and 30 have already purchased their 2023 Legal Defense Fund Banquet tickets scheduled for January 14th, 2023Only 140 total tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis $60/per individual or $100/per couple. Please contact Katelyn for ticket availability at 218-820-5797.  The Banquet will be held at the Brainerd American Legion (708 Front St, Brainerd), the winter general membership meeting will be at Forestview Middle School (12149 Knollwood Dr, Baxter) and a block of rooms are available at our host hotel Super 8 Hotel located at 14341 Edgewood Dr, Baxter and we appreciate them working with us again. For reservations, call 218-828-4288, and let them know you are an MTA member in order to receive the discounted rate. Thanks to all who chose to donate their raffle incentive traps to the LDF Banquet and those that delivered early donations to us during the Wadena convention.
 
January 2023 may appear a long way off, however, there is much work to be accomplished, and the General Membership Meeting and the LDF Banquet will be here before you know it. We appreciate everyone’s help in collecting donations and we are already receiving some nice prizes we never can have too many. If you’d like to donate, please contact me at 218-821-1236 or your Director/Co-Director.  I would also like to again thank all of the committee members Dewey Schmitz, Katelyn Jindra, Eric Maijala, Deann Roggenkamp, Troy Hanson, and Don McGaffey. They all volunteer many, many hours and it does not go unnoticed. If you have suggestions or potential donors for next year’s banquet, please feel free to contact any one of the committee members or me. It would be greatly appreciated if we could receive donations from around the state.
 
I wish you all a great trapping season.
Dale Jindra
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