Trolling for a new life, he hooked a career

October 1, 2019
Bigfork man fished wild Alaskan waters for a living Some people decide they can do anything–and then do it. For that, put Gene Rajala (rye-a-la) of Bigfork, Minn., at the top of the list, for learning how to fish professionally ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Take a stab at embarrassment

August 1, 2019
What in the world was I thinking? I should have known my older sister would do anything she could to ruin my vacation. When I was very young, Karen pulled me aside and clearly announced that I was her little ...

July Reader Photo Gallery

July 1, 2019
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Catching, sharing fish memorabilia

September 1, 2018
Little Falls fishing museum is a man’s dream, fulfilled Al Baert, of Sartell, once had a dream of becoming a really big time collector of fishing memorabilia.  He never could have known that his dream would turn into something much ...

History, function of Morrison Co. dams

October 1, 2017
On warm summer evenings in Morrison County people are often drawn to the Mississippi River and its dams.  Not far from Bowlus, at the Blanchard Dam and 18 megawatt power station, a family strolls across the old Soo Line Railroad ...

Thanking veterans with a unique fishing experience

May 1, 2017
‘Veterans on the Water’ established by Vietnam vet Steve Gillaspie, 68, of Arlington, is a decorated U.S. Army Ranger Vietnam combat veteran. He understands what it means to have courageously served his country. He has a Purple Heart and two ...

Sixty years of family, fish

September 1, 2016
Seventy two years ago, John and Hattie Bothof started a tradition by getting their six children and their families together on Memorial Day. They all went to Lake Shetek by Slayton, Minn., fishing for the day. “They usually went in ...

Reeling in good health

August 1, 2016
LGF seeing first hand the benefits of a boat ride Studies have shown that nature has beneficial effects on mental and physical health. And Let’s Go Fishing’s many chapters in Minnesota are stressing the importance of those outdoor attributes in ...

Things I have Learned: Fishing pole shortage?

April 30, 2014
Today’s wisdom: If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. I have been a passionate fisherman all my life. My father had me out in the boat as soon as I ...