HL GND fishing contest coming up

June 1, 2009

by Chris Schultz

Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor’s Days is fast approaching, and with it so is the annaul Good Neighbor Day’s fishing contest.

This year the GND fishing contest will take place Saturday, June 27 on Howard Lake.

For additional information and registration forms, stop by Joe’s Sports Shop in Howard Lake, or call Denny Decker at (320) 543-2992.

Keg’s Bar Fishing League kicked off this past Thursday

The Keg’s Bar Fishing League will once again take place every Thursday this summer.

The league started Thursday, May 28.

For additonal information, contact Woody at Keg’s Bar (320) 485-4250.

Lake Ann to have visioning session in June

There will be a “Visioning/Planning Session,” where the Lake Ann Improvement Association will identify key community concerns, assets, opportunities, and priorities.

Everyone who is interested in, or concerned about Lake Ann is encouraged to gather for a roll and cup of coffee Saturday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, located at 8700 Co. Rd. 6 SW in Howard Lake.

The planning session will be facilitated by John Sumption of Cass County Environmental Services, and is planned for 9 to 11 a.m.

The Lake Ann Improvement Association was invited to participate in the Initiative Foundation’s “Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership” program, along with seven other lake associations in Wright County.

For more information, contact Deb Stenberg at (320) 543-3193 ext. 102, or (612) 619-3070.

Question of the Week
From the DNR

Q: Safety is always a concern when out on the water fishing or just enjoying one of Minnesota’s thousands of lakes and rivers.

With the 2009 fishing season now open, what do boaters need to remember about early season boating?

A: When getting ready to go fishing, many people give more thought to what kind of sandwiches they should pack for lunch than they do about boating safety.

It is important for people to remember that early in the season, although the air temperature may be 70 degrees, most of the bodies of water are still in the 40s and 50s.

Even the strongest swimmer can become quickly incapacitated by cold water shock and suffer hypothermia within an hour.

This means it is especially important to make sure everyone not only has a lifejacket but also wears one.

Make sure navigation lights are all in proper working order, and be sure use them between sunset and sunrise.

Also, be sure the boat registration decal is current and check air pressure on trailer tires, pack a spare and make sure the axle bearings are freshly greased.

Finally, it is a good idea to leave the alcohol at home.

Many of the boating accidents that result in injury, or worse, are the result of intoxicated boaters.