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Brad Laabs column: Donations needed for Dunton Locks fishing pier

Fishing Columnist Brad Laabs

This seems like a good time for an update on the fundraising for the replacement of the public fishing pier at Dunton Locks on Lake Sallie.

With so many returning to the area for the holiday weekend, it seems like a good time to beg for a few more bucks to put the project over the top! Our target to replace the damaged-beyond-repair fishing pier (damaged two years ago) is $24,000 dollars. We are currently at $19,000 thank to a huge contribution of $10,000 from the couple Heather Hundt and Shawn Goodchild. Thank you so much you guys, truly an awesome commitment!

I hope I am not putting them on the spot ... but thank them if you know them or see them! We have received many other contributions from private individuals, a couple of service groups, some fishing clubs, and a county grant. We also have some commitments from another fishing club and some individuals, but have not yet received the money.

Morning Rotary has already contributed, but has shown interest in helping more if it is needed. If we get over the amount that it will take to get the fishing pier back in place by ice-out 2019 (looks like we will make our goal) we will continue raising money for another, or other public fishing pier(s) at another area lake(s).

I think many of us would like to have multiple public fishing opportunities for kids, families, and individuals that otherwise do not have quality shore fishing options. I know Economic Development Coordinator Guy Fischer with Becker County is very interested in seeing additional public fishing pier go up in our area and has put energy into making this happen. Thank you to all that are helping and getting involved, as well as those contributing financially.

The 501(c)3 nonprofit: "Lake Melissa/Sallie Walleye Foundation" is handling the money for the project, and Nathan Olson, area fisheries manager with the DNR, is helping coordinate the project. You can make your tax-deductible contribution by making your check out to: Lake Melissa/Sallie Walleye Foundation (in your memo write: fishing pier). Checks can be dropped off to Nathan Olson at the DNR office, or mail them to: Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries, 14583 County Highway 19, Detroit Lakes MN 56501 (Attn: Nathan Olson)

In closing this week, I want to mention and pay respect to a loss felt by the Detroit Lakes and Frazee communities. A week ago we lost a local young man, and a conservation officer for our area DNR. Kyle Quittschreiber was only 26 years old when he was killed in a tragic accident at his home. He will be remembered and missed by family, friends, co-workers, and the community he served.

(Brad Laabs owns Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes)