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Let's Go Fishing Walk set for Oct. 1

the Local let's go fishing chapter was gifted with the free use of a boat slip and dock lift this summer. The pontoon lift was provided courtesy of Mike Grandbois of Pier Pleasure (at left) and John Drewes of At Ease Dock & Lift, while the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn, represented by manager Jeff Jasperson, donated the boat slip. The gift was gratefully accepted by Tim Miller, vice president of the Detroit Lakes LGF chapter (far right).

Since its inception in 2008, the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let's Go Fishing has made the lives of hundreds of lakes area residents just a little brighter every summer.

Before the chapter's 2011 boating season officially draws to a close at the end of September, members hope to have offered free fishing and pontoon excursions to approximately 800 area seniors, challenged adults, veterans and youth.

Though the volunteer organization does not charge a fee for the trips it offers, that doesn't mean the trips are actually cost-free; rather, the local LGS chapter relies upon community donations to maintain and operate the large pontoon that serves as the vessel for these excursions.

The chapter got a very nice gift this summer when the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn offered them the free use of a boat slip to house their pontoon throughout the summer months.

The lift that allowed the pontoon to move easily into and out of its dock slip was also donated to the chapter this summer, courtesy of At Ease Dock & Lift of Detroit Lakes and lift manufacturer Pier Pleasure.

Though those gifts were a huge boost in terms of making the Let's Go Fishing excursions easier to manage, more funding is still needed to cover the costs for maintenance and operation of the pontoon.

To help support the chapter and its volunteers, board members have organized the first-ever Walk for Let's Go Fishing.

Participating teams have been busily raising funds for the walk throughout the months of August and September; this effort will culminate in the walk, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Detroit Lakes City Beach, near the Pavilion.

The walk will raise funds for both the local chapter and the Minnesota LGF organization as a whole, which currently includes 28 chapters statewide.

For more information about the walk, how to participate, or to make a donation, call Betty Hochhalter at 218-847-5670.

To schedule a pontoon ride or fishing trip for your group via LGF, contact John Fuglesten at 218-844-5106.