Thole: ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ reels in eager participants

By GEORGE THOLE – Stillwater Gazette

The Stillwater Lions Club was treated to a presentation during its noon luncheon by the Stillwater Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing.

Volunteers for the local chapter, including president Karin Housley, Bob Bailey, Rick Fields and Bob Siegel filled the Lions in about the free fishing and boating excursions that are available for the asking.

The volunteers informed us about the free two-hour fishing trips on the beautiful St. Croix River, serving persons 55 years and older, persons with physical or developmental disabilities, and all military members and families of deployed veterans.

This year, the Stillwater Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing expects to serve up to 1,900 guests on about 200 excursions thanks to 100 to 120 volunteers. This will be the chapter’s third season of operation.

Excursions run Mondays through Saturdays on a classy looking 28-foot pontoon boat with rods, reels and life jackets provided. This group has come together fast and, last year, took 900 guests on 123 outings – that’s an average of 7.3 guests per trip, sports fans.

Looking at the objective of Let’s Go Fishing of Minnesota, we find that they are dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals through free fishing and boating excursions to strengthen communities, build relationships and create great memories.

You can clearly see that this is a good deal so check it out by calling 651-707-5181 or email: [email protected].

If you would like to volunteer to be a captain or mate on the pontoon or help with planning or fundraising, give them a call, also at 651-707-5181.

According to Housley, Bailey, Siegel and Fields, they know where the fish are so I don’t think that you can find a better deal anywhere else.

Today’s Sports

Trivia Question

Name the noted Ponies backer who won the Kolliner Award in 1953.

Winning and losing by the sage Jerry Foley

Vince Lombardi is often credited with the quote that, "Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing." The pros and cons of this statement have been the subject of endless debate. While winning isn’t everything, it’s importance in the competitive world certainly should not be underestimated. Consider the lawyer in the courtroom or the surgeon in the emergency room, where finishing in the runner-up position is unacceptable.

A person seeking advice regarding a pending lawsuit definitely wants to know the track record of the attorney defending him. Given the choice, he will select the lawyer that has the highest ratio of success in a court of law. A patient requiring intricate surgery to replace a heart valve wants the best possible surgeon to perform the operation. The successful attorney and surgeon enter their respective arenas highly motivated and filled with the knowledge necessary to accomplish the task at hand. They exude complete confidence in their ability to succeed, while blocking self-doubt from their thought process. For them, failure is not an option.

In the huddle

Former Ponies defensive tackle Patrick Kopesky ’06 is currently working as a volunteer with special needs people at the St. Croix Courage Center in Stillwater. Kopesky is set to graduate next winter from MSU-Mankato. After playing football as a freshman at Waldorf College in Iowa, he transferred to Mankato. A staph infection in his hip delayed his plans for graduation with a degree in park, recreation and leisure services…. Justin Hesse, who quarterbacked the Ponies to a 14-0 state championship season in 1995, owns his own home restoration company and is engaged to the lovely Angie Hudson of Stillwater. Hesse, who also captained the Ponies cagers, assisted former SAHS basketball coach Keven Seim at Totino-Grace for three years. Hesse runs marathons and has been a triathlete…. The answer to Today’s Sports Trivia Question: Dick Olsen, a SCVAA Hall of Fame inductee and a former Kolliner outstanding athlete in 1953 is the correct answer. Olsen played football, basketball and ran track for the Red and Black…. Former Ponies hockey scoring ace Wilson Housley ’10, who played two seasons in the SIJHL (Superior International Junior Hockey League) will take his talents to Augsburg next year…. I have to admit that I sure liked the way that coach Bob Beedle’s Ponies softballers won the section 4AAA title with 4-1 and 6-3 victories over rival White Bear Lake last Wednesday. In the first must-win game, ace pitcher Hannah Heacox (16-3) pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight Bears. Slugger Allison Eder-Zdechlik belted a home run. That said, Heacox won her second start of the day, holding the Bears to four hits while fanning five. The locals got first-time home runs from junior Haley Balzart and sophomore Natalie Gerber, who launched a three-run game-icer. Those swinging big bats for the Ponies in the two games included: Gerber 4×6, Eder-Zdechlik 3×7 and Heacox, Sidnee Ronsberg and Balzart with two hits apiece. Dani Wigen, Emily Ramberg, Carlie Hart and Rachel Hartwig also hit safely to boost a balanced lineup. The Ponies (18-8) face Farmington (17-4) in the state quarterfinals this morning at Caswell Park in North Mankato…. I know a guy who is so stupid that he thinks a tablet is a small table…. Kudos to softball, girls and boys track and field, girls lacrosse and girls golf for winning section titles last week and synchronized swimming for placing second at state…. Psst, a little birdie tells me that there will be big hockey news at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup…. Don’t give up the ship…. finis

Today’s rumination #570

People who sing their own praises are apt to be soloists.