Riege: Catching fish for a cure

Published 6:56pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By Bob and Ginny Riege

As one of the “Paint the Town Pink” events this year “Fishing for a Cure” had some great news with good times and lasting memories.

Jim Nelson and Duane Smith contacted me this past week and they started out with some of the best news for 2013. The Fishing for a Cure event was tremendous success raising $13,734 for cancer research. That surpasses the amount raised by this event in the past year, by well over $1,847.00. Since 2009 “Fishing for a Cure” has raised $32,334.

“We’re really happy to be on board with The Hormel Institute and their research and finding a cure for a cancer,” Nelson said.

“The community as a whole, they came together for this event and they came to fishing for a cure.”

Winners of the Fishing for the Cure tournament are: 1st-Mike Johnson, 2nd Pat Polkowske, 3rd-Keagen Duholm along with FFC organizers. -- Photo Pvovided by Bob Riege

Mike Johnson took home first place, second place went to Pat Polowske and rounding out third place was Kegen Duholm.

More importantly was the sense of community that came together on the ice that day. Over 174 participants took part in this event. There were parents, kids, grandparents, dogs and all were fishing for cancer research. After the event the Eagles club was packed with a crowd eager for the live auction and raffle prizes. It was a job well done by the organizers and all who contributed to make this a tremendous success.

On another note about ice fishing! The DNR would like me to remind you of the following:

In you have permanent houses or wheelhouses and you are in the border waters these are the dates that you have to have those houses removed. Minnesota – Iowa Feb. 20, Minnesota – Wisconsin March 1, Minnesota – North and South Dakota March 5, Minnesota – Canada March 31. Inland Waters – Dates for removal are determined by an east west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy.200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy.2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. South of line – March 5 and North of line- March 19.

The DNR also wants to remind ice anglers that if shelter are not removed, owners will be prosecuted, and the structure and contents may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.

After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one before sunrise only when occupied or attended.

Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited. It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Please clean up around your shack and check with local refuse providers or landfills for ice shelter disposal information.

Important dates: The National Fest Fest will be holding the national convention in Minneapolis, MN this weekend February 15 -17th at the Minneapolis convention center. There are a host of seminars from dog training to wild game cooking. The Mower County Pheasant Forever will be holding their annual banquet next Saturday February 23rd. Tickets and information for that event can be obtained at Double K Specialty, Inc. here in Austin.


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