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The Lake Bemidji waterfront will be alive with activity this weekend as the community celebrates the 20th anniversary of Fishing Has No Boundaries.

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It has survived this long because of the need, the volunteers who recognized that need and the reward that comes to all who are involved.

Among the dedicated volunteers is Vance Balstad who has been among the event's organizers the past 20 years.

"We look forward to this event every year," Balstad said. "We are a family and this represents our reunion."

The activity begins Friday when the volunteers will erect the tent, begin the paperwork, register the boats and greet the participants who arrive early. The official registration begins 7 a.m. Saturday and by 9 a.m. the anglers and their guides will hit the water.

Around noon the boats will return to the waterfront and, after lunch, photos and the swapping of stories, everyone will head back onto the water for the afternoon fishing session.

At 5 p.m. the boats will be back on shore where the fried fish dinner will be waiting.

Sunday's schedule includes a pancake and sausage breakfast and more fishing. The event officially ends in the early afternoon with the awards ceremony.

"Everybody will get a medal because everybody is a winner," Balstad said, adding that the anglers who catch the three largest northern pike, walleyes, perch and panfish will also receive trophies.

This year's FHNB event will feature 77 handicapped anglers. About 20 pontoon boats had been obtained by earlier this week but organizers would be grateful if a few more found their way to the waterfront tonight.

"We are short on pontoons," Balstad said. "During the past few years we have lost some of the volunteers who had pontoons and we haven't been able to replace them all. We could still use about five more."

Volunteers are also needed on shore, especially volunteers who know how to clean a bucket of perch.

"Just come to the waterfront on Saturday morning," Balstad said. "We'll find a job for you."

For more information on FHNB or to volunteer, contact Balstad at 444-3292 or stop by the waterfront.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Lake Bemidji waterfront will be alive with activity this weekend as the community celebrates the 20th anniversary of Fishing Has No Boundaries.

It has survived this long because of the need, the volunteers who recognized that need and the reward that comes to all who are involved.

Among the dedicated volunteers is Vance Balstad who has been among the event's organizers the past 20 years.

"We look forward to this event every year," Balstad said. "We are a family and this represents our reunion."

The activity begins Friday when the volunteers will erect the tent, begin the paperwork, register the boats and greet the participants who arrive early. The official registration begins 7 a.m. Saturday and by 9 a.m. the anglers and their guides will hit the water.

Around noon the boats will return to the waterfront and, after lunch, photos and the swapping of stories, everyone will head back onto the water for the afternoon fishing session.

At 5 p.m. the boats will be back on shore where the fried fish dinner will be waiting.

Sunday's schedule includes a pancake and sausage breakfast and more fishing. The event officially ends in the early afternoon with the awards ceremony.

"Everybody will get a medal because everybody is a winner," Balstad said, adding that the anglers who catch the three largest northern pike, walleyes, perch and panfish will also receive trophies.

This year's FHNB event will feature 77 handicapped anglers. About 20 pontoon boats had been obtained by earlier this week but organizers would be grateful if a few more found their way to the waterfront tonight.

"We are short on pontoons," Balstad said. "During the past few years we have lost some of the volunteers who had pontoons and we haven't been able to replace them all. We could still use about five more."

Volunteers are also needed on shore, especially volunteers who know how to clean a bucket of perch.

"Just come to the waterfront on Saturday morning," Balstad said. "We'll find a job for you."

For more information on FHNB or to volunteer, contact Balstad at 444-3292 or stop by the waterfront.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

(218) 333-9200
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