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Thursday, July 15, 2010 t Tri-County News Kimball, MN Page 21 Casting for a Cure kicks off fish-a-thon registration Board members and volun- teers hit the streets during the St. Joseph Fourth of July parade to kick-off online registration for Casting for a Cure 2010. Volun- teers handed out fliers and talked with community members along the route. Online registration for the Casting for a Cure Fish-a- thon is now open at . More details and ways to help are also online. This is just one of the many ways Greater Minnesota Fight for a Cure (GMFFC) volunteers are gearing up for the second annual Casting for a Cure (for cancer) fun- draising event to take place on Sat- urday, Sept. 11. The event features a Fish-a-thon, Celebration of Hope and Awards Ceremony. An event-participant and spon- sor in 2009, Denise Laudenback of Atomic Learning, says the activ- ities throughout the day at Cast- ing for a Cure are absolutely amaz- ing. "You don't have to fish to be involved, if you like fishing; it's a nice add-on to a great day. Get involved and continue to support a great cause." The Eish-a-thon is a fantas- tic way to add excitement to a day in the fishing boat while rais- ing funds for Greater MN can- cer awareness, prevention and resources. Anglers will receive a registration packet that includes information and a fish-measur- ing stick (a $25 value). Partici- pants choose any body of water they wish to fish, and record their catch by measuring it and taking a photograph. They then bring digi- tal photos of the fish they catch to the Blue Line on Saturday night. Judging a~d awards ceremony wilt follow. The nighttime activities will be held at the Blue Line Bar and Casting for a Cure volunteers pose for a quick picture before head- ing down the parade route in St. Joseph. The volunteers live in Sartell, Sauk Rapids and St. Joseph. Submitted photo. Grill in Sartell. Once again, the owners are generously donating 10-percent of all sales from 4 p.m. to close. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with outdoor activities and Party Time Inflatables. The angler vir- tual weigh-in, socializing and net- working time, door prizes, silent auction, and memorial wall all start at 4 p.m. Angler awards will be handed out at 7:30 and the live music begins at 9 p.m. There is something for everyone at this family-friendly event! Nighttime events are open to the public and admission is free. In 2009, GMFFC surpassed its Casting for a Cure fundraising goal and donated $15,000 to the Coborn Cancer Center. Central Minnesotans truly felt the impact of the dollars raised last year. Jane Vortherms, Director of Chemotherapy and Oncology clinics at the Coborn Cancer Cen- ter, says; ~As you think of various causes to support, the support of our patients and the family is so, so important and we are able to use this money directly. Impact- ing patient lives is what this is all about." This is what motivates GMFFC volunteers to reach and exceed their goals again in 2010. But they can't do it alone; they need the community's help once again. In 2009, $12,000 went into the "Greater MN Fight for a Cure" growth fund. Plans are currently being made to make good use of the earnings, to benefit pro- grams and initiatives that will help increase awareness, preven- tion and early detection of cancer. GMFFC also donated $3,000 to the "Cancer Survivorship Network." It is for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members, sig- nificant others and caregivers. It offers programs including Minne- sota's Cancer Screening Program (SAGE), Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB) for children ages 6 through 11 who have a parent or caregiver battling cancer, and the Art Therapy Pro- graYn. DNR to relax Lake Mille Lacs walleye regulation July 15 Anglers who fish for walleye on Lake Mille Lacs will be able to keep larger walleye, effective luly 15, when a new rrfid-season reg- ulation takes effect, according to the Minnesota Department of the Natural Resources (DNR). The new regulation will require anglers to immediately release all walleye 20-28 inches in length. Currently, angle(s must imme- diately release all walleye 18-28 inches in length. Mille Lacs' four-walleye limit remains in place. Only one of the four walleye an angler may keep can be longer than 28 inches. The DNR broadened the har- vest opportunity because angler harvest and hooking mortality is below the threshold necessary to maintain the current and more protective slot limit. As of June 30, angler harvest of walleyes was less than half of the state's annual allo- cation of411,500 pounds. This year. the DNR instituted a policy on a trial basis that calls for relaxing the walleye regulation when harvest and hooking mor- tality is low, restricting the regu- lation when the harvest and hook- ing mortality ig high, and keeping the regulation the same when the harvest is not significantly high or low. "This new change addresses the request of the Mille Lacs Lake Fisheries Input Group," said Dirk Peterson, DNR fisheries section chief. "It provides a good balance of resource protection and angler opportunity, while at the same time pursuing the need for con- sistency in regulations from year to year." The walleye size limit will revert back to the 18-28 inch pro- tected slot limit Wednesday, Dec. 1, for the winter angling sea- son. The possession limit will remain at four fish. Assault in Avon Township Stearns County Deputies responded to an assault call Sat- urday, July 3. at Pelican Lake Road in Avon Township. Reportedly, a 16-year-old boy stabbed a 17-year- old boy in the chest with a knife. Deputies and Avon Rescue Squad members treated the 17-year-old (from Bowlus) for wounds to his pelvis and chest area. Deputies also located the 16-year-old sus- pect (from Avon) and arrested him for first-degree assault. The boy that was stabbed was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. He had surgery to repair damage to a lung and to his heart. The suspect was taken to Stearns County Jail and is DNR question of the week How to measure a fish? affixed to a flat surface with an Q: With slot limits on nearly every Minnesota lake it is impor- tant for anglers to know the fish they keep are of legal size. What is the proper way to measure a fish? A: An accurate measurement of an angler's catch may be diffi- cult for a.number of reasons. The boat may be pitching and rolling on the lake. Fish are slippery crea- tures that do not like to lay still. Also, there are many obstacles in the boat like hooks, tackle boxes and other ariglers. However, accu- rately measuring any fish caught helps sustain fish populations and evens the playing field for all anglers. And of course, an accu- rate measurement is necessary to comply with slot limit regulations. To properly measure a fish, anglers should use a rigid ruler "end stop" at the zero end. Lay the fish over the ruler with the nose pressed against the end stop. Pinch the tips of the tail together. The length of the fish from nose to the tip of the tail is considered the legal lengthlof the fish. While in rough water, the end stop acts as a measurement aid, preventing the fish from sliding around on the ruler. Flexible tape measures or rub- ber rulers do not provide an accu- rate length. In addition, measur- ing "stickers" should not be used because they can shrink in the sun. A metal or plastic measuring device is best: Maj. Rodmen Smith-DNR Division of Enforcement operations manager Day IW Price! Kimball Wrestling Booster 5-Person 9-Hole Scramble I gistration: 2 pm, Shot-gun start: 3 pm Call Kimball Golf Club to sign up: (320) 398-2285 $50" per person (Limit 36 teams) *includes green fee, meal & raffle All cart rentals must be paid in advance at the Kimball Golf Club. How can I help? Donate Cash or Prizes 8p0ns0r a Hole Volunteer QUESTIONS? Call Kevin Kieke at (320) 255-5103 or Brad Donnay at (320) 398-5362