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The History of Beanie’s at Maui’s Landing

Commerical fishing on the
St. Croix River in the early 1900’s

August Miller Sr. was the first commercial fisherman in Lakeland. He came from Sussell, Germany in 1880 with his parents at the age of 16. Arriving in New York, they ventured west, traveling all the way to Minnesota in a covered wagon. When they reached Hinkley, they met another German family named Schultz. August (probably 18 years old) married the daughter, Anna.

Together August and Anna traveled to Stillwater to live. This is where their first child was born. Later they moved to Lakeland where August started commercial fishing. The business was successful and so was his family — Anna had 12 more children.

At an early age the five boys started to help with the commercial fishing. One of the boys was William “Beanie” Miller who started commercial fishing at the age of eight. Horses were used to pull ice from the river to an ice house, pull in nets loaded with fish, and brought fish packed sleighs to Saint Paul.

Commercial fishing was hard work. The nets were put in the river around 4 a.m. The rest of the day was spent pulling in the nets and gathering the fish to be packed in ice. Fish were very abundant in those days and thousands of pounds were netted each day.

After August Sr. passed away, some of his boys continued with commercial fishing. Soon each son married and left the fishing business for other jobs.

Only one son, William “Beanie” Miller, and a brother-in-law, Ed Meissner, remained in the business. They purchased land in 1918 where “Beanies at Maui’s Landing” is now located and commercial-fished together for many years.

Soon many fishermen began to gather at this location. In addition to commercial fishing, Beanie began renting fishing boats to visitors. In 1928 Ed Meissner sold his share of the business to Beanie. It was not long before the renting of boats increased to the point that Beanies son Luverne “Beans” took over the commercial fishing. Beanie continued to handle the boat rental and bait sales. From that point on Beanies became a popular spot for local youth to find great summer employment.

Following the death of William “Beanie” Miller in 1933, his son Luverne “Beans” took over the entire operation with great success. After Luverne “Beans” died, his son Mark took over the business. Although there was still some commercial fishing, the price of fish had dropped to a point that was no longer profitable. However, the boat launch, fishing boat rental and bait sales continued.

In 1991 Mark sold the business to Gary and Dottie Mau who chose not to continue the commercial fishing. They have added a new launch ramp, docks, underground gas storage, and several new rental boats. The business now is primarily a boat launch, boat rental (houseboat, pontoons, fishing boats, and personal water craft), bait, tackle, and convenience store.

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16777 - 7th Street North
Lakeland, MN 55043

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(651) 436-8874
(651) 436-3293
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