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Work of Take a Kid fishing volunteers guarantee success

The 24th annual Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing event will be June 9 and organizers are meeting each week to make sure that everything is in place for another successful day.

"Take a Kid Fishing is alive and well," said Joe Clayton, who has been instrumental in the event's longevity and success.

"Through thick and thin we've persevered and prospered."

When a project is centered around a worthy cause, its survival rate is high. But in order for the project to flourish, dedicated volunteers are required.

"We still have people from the first day involved in this year's event," Clayton said. "People like Duane Peterson, Milo Barclay and Bill Kane. And the list goes on and on. The dedication of everyone involved is what has kept this event going.

"And we've been fortunate in recent years to have new and younger people join the committee," Clayton continued. "That is what we want to see and that is what we need to see."

Anyone with an interest in taking kids on the water for a day of fishing is invited to join the committee or volunteer his or her services for the day.

From guiding to serving the walleye dinner, a variety of tasks must be completed to insure a successful and safe event.

The committee will meet weekly beginning May 13 at the 71-Bar in Turtle River. On May 13, 20 and 27 the meetings will begin at 5 p.m. Committee members will also gather at 5 p.m. on June 3 to pack the "goody bags" that are given to the young anglers.

A meeting for all guides and volunteers will be 6 p.m. June 8 at the 71-Bar and the 24th annual TKF event will officially begin 11:30 a.m. on June 9 at Cameron Park.

Following the fishing the kids, guides, volunteers and parents will gather at Lake Bemidji State Park for photos, story telling and a fish fry.

Bruce Aalgaard, another veteran TKF volunteer, is collecting used rods and reels and anyone who wishes to donate to that cause can drop them off at the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce building or contact Aalgaard at 444-8188.

For more information on TKF or to register for the event, contact the chamber at 444-3541, extension 100. Information can also be found on the web at

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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