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North View Fishing Experience

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April 26, 2006
The North View Fishing Experience 2006

Dear Angler,
I’m writing to extend an invitation to join us for the 20th annual “Fishing Experience” for students at North View Junior High in Brooklyn Park. Actually you are an essential part of this day. The trip will be on Monday June 5, 2006 from 9 AM to 1:45 PM at Maynards Restaurant on Lake Minnetonka’s Excelsior Bay. Students who have signed up to come fishing will be excused from school for the day and will come to Maynards via school buses. Past successes and the trip history have set the stage and created student excitement for the event again this year. If you’re willing to volunteer time, equipment, and a bit of yourself, please read on!

I know asking for a day of your time to take a couple youngsters fishing is a giant request and for many of you I’ve asked each year for a lot of years. But I believe that this day really makes a difference in the lives of these young people. You can make this happen by doing what you love to doGo Fishing! I absolutely guarantee that the kids’ excitement will make a lasting memory for both you and the children!! Sometimes I forget that even though we’ve done this trip before (actually 20 times) many if not most of these kids have never had this experience and may not have the opportunity without your help.

There will be 2 students per boat (maybe 3 if room in your boat allows). Each team of adult and students will be encouraged to weigh 4 fish. All legal gamefish species, including sunfish will be allowed and there will be no minimum size limits. The event will be strictly Catch & Release. Live bait will be allowed but please bring your own. You’re invited to be part of a child’s first “fish story” or have first hand knowledge about “the one that got away!”

The fishing day will begin about 9 AM and end at 1:45 PM. (Guides plan to arrive about 8:45 for information regarding the day.) Activities will include a Maynards sponsored barbecue for everyone, random prize drawings for the kids and all the excitement of a tournament weigh-in hosted by John Hines from K102. As a guide please bring 2-3 rods and reels for the kids to use, 2-3 lifejackets for the kids to wear and appropriate tackle and bait. Students will bring their own pop and snacks for the lake. They will also be encouraged to bring their own tackle, sun screen and life vest but most simply don’t have equipment. The objective of the day is to introduce these young people to the sport of fishing in a positive and enjoyable way that leaves them wanting more! It also gives them a foundation for knowing how to with an expectation for success.

If you are willing and able to participate, please reply to this email, call me at school (763-585-7236) or fax the sheet to me (763-585-7210) to confirm your attendance. My email is: If you have friends or associates that would like to attend please extend an invitation. However, please confirm attendance because the volunteer numbers dictate how many children will be allowed to sign up. If possible please respond by May 20 to allow us time to get as many kids as possible on the water. Oh yes, the trip will go rain or shine unless there’s a storm with lightning!

Thanks very much!
Bill Hildebrand
North View Junior High
Brooklyn Park, MN

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