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Operation Minnesota Nice Spaghetti Dinner


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Spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Operation Minnesota Nice. May 16th at the Eagles Club in Grand Rapids MN, social hour at 4pm, dinner 5-7pm, tickets $5. Door prizes, silent auction, and live music. Google the name.

In the early part of 2004 our founder Denise Jorgensen, had a friend whose son was deployed to Baghdad Iraq. He was serving with the 1st Cavalry out of Fort Hood Texas.

During his tour, many of their family and friends took turns every three to four weeks, sending packages of small reminders of home and simple necessities he might need.

In return for this generosity, when he would call home to catch up with his mom Vickie and she would then in turn email updates to all of us.

It was in one of these updates that Ben said “it’s so great to get these packages from home. I have been sharing mine though. There are guys over here that get very little from home. There are even some that don’t get anything. They are feeling forgotten. They feel like once everyone at home turns off their evening news, that no one cares about Iraq”.

This pulled at the hearts of anyone that read the words of a young soldier who was so concerned for his newly formed family living in the middle of a war. The thought of them being so far from home and feeling so forgotten was too much.

As a result of those words, Denise asked Ben for the names of these soldiers, as she would like to adopt them. She told him that in exchange for these names she would commit to send them a box every three to four weeks and see that they never feel forgotten again.

The first boxes were small. Some snacks, playing cards and of course the always requested beef jerky. Both boxes were then personalized with a letter written to each of them.

Soon word spread amongst Denise’s family and friends about the soldiers and the simple items that were sent. Everyone wanted to contribute or adopt his or her own soldier.

Within two months we were up to 17 soldiers all over Iraq and Afghanistan and 10 volunteers. Three years later OMN had adopted over 4,500 soldiers at 62 different packing locations, including Colorado and Ohio. Shipping a more then 250,000 pounds.

As long as there are brave souls serving our country in foreign lands in a time of conflict our group has committed to remain active.

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    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
      I know it has been raining all week but anyone have any walleye reports?  Heading up for the holiday weekend and want to do some fishing.
    • MikeG3Boat
      Partyonpine, Would you be willing to share in what areas you were getting some nice Bluegills?  I am on the east end on big bay and would like to find some good panfish.
    • partyonpine
      Opener and the week after were good.  Not the numbers we normally get but better quality in the East End.  Not surprised on the weights for the Auto City a.  Usually for us we only catch a few slot fish but we averaged 3 a day for 10 days.  2 overs, biggest 27 inches.     Our best luck was 12-16 feet for quality.  When we went deeper we caught more but smaller.  Bass were really starting to heat up.  For me little earlier than normal.  Found some nice Bluegills the day we went after some panfish.  Dock fishing was as many as we wanted per usual.
    • Shulsebus
      We will be up on June 8th for the week. It will be our 13th year in a row staying on the lake.  I hope the walleye are hitting the bobbers by the time that we get there. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      Those are some fine specimens. Great job
    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
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