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Take a Kid Fishing wins local award

Representatives from Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing are the winners of the 2012 Touchstone Energy Community Award. The group is pictured with the plaque at the Kids’ Fishing Pond adjacent to the Sanford Center in Bemidji. From left are Dave Brinkmann, James Ness, Sarah Mokros, Cameron Mokros, Robert Clayton, Shirley Deno, Marie Kovar, Patrick Kovar, Jackie Barclay and Duane Peterson.

BEMIDJI – Beltrami County Electric Cooperative has named Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing the winner of the local 2012 Touchstone Energy Community Award. The recognition comes with a $500 cash award and a plaque signifying the organization’s commitment to community.

The purpose of the Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing program is to promote an outdoor-oriented lifestyle among the area’s youth by showing them the enjoyment that can be found in fishing. Since its inception in 1987, the program has worked with more than 4,000 kids ages 10 to 15.

Each year, between 75 and 80 adult guides volunteer their time, equipment and expertise to help make a positive event for the community’s youth.

The Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing application will be submitted for consideration to the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award committee.

The overall winner will receive $1,000 toward a community cause of choice. It will be presented in Febraury during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in St. Paul.