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Burgers among Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame inductees

Ted (left) and Bud Burger of Bemidji at the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 24 in Minneapolis. (Submitted photo)

BAXTER, Minn. -- Three individuals and two organizations were enshrined by The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in 2017 in March in Minneapolis. The inductees included Ted and Bud Burger of Bemidji.

Inductees in the Individual Legends category include outdoor media professional Terry Tuma, one of North America’s most accomplished multi-species anglers, Editor Doug Stange, plus professional walleye angling’s biggest charitable name: Perry Good. The Burgers Brothers Sporting Goods and Clam Corporation joined the ranks of Legendary Organizations, according to a release from the Hall of Fame.

Based in the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to three individuals and two groups or organizations that have made a major impact on Minnesota’s sport fishing industry. The hall stands recognizes passionate fishing promoters, whether they have made a difference through education, legislation, guiding, manufacturing, media promotions or other


Burger Brothers Sporting Goods, a widely popular retail outfit, was founded by Ted and Bud Burger, who now live in Bemidji. Before the sale of the company in 1995, they had six stores that went on to become the flagship outlets of Gander Mountain chain has stores today across the United States.

Individuals must be a state resident, have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of 25 years, be at least 50 years of age, and have made meritorious contributions to the sport of fishing. Businesses and organizations may also be nominated, provided they are registered in Minnesota and have made similar noteworthy contributions to fishing. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and the list is reduced to the top 10 by current Hall members, after which finalists are voted on for induction.

Other inductees were:

Doug Stange has been contributing to the sport of fishing for 50 years. Starting as a contributor for In-Fisherman magazine in 1977, he worked tirelessly to become Editor-in-Chief of Inter Media Outdoors publications, writing about almost every aspect of freshwater fishing including for In-Fisherman, Walleye In-sider, and all of the In-Fisherman annual guides.

A pioneer in the communication field, Terry Tuma brought the sport of fishing to the public through radio, television, articles, seminars, and now social media.  Perry Good is one of the all-time money winners on the pro fishing circuits. Clam Outdoors, the leader in the ice fishing industry, manufacturing the best outdoor gear for over 30 years.