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Dave Csanda Joins Let’s Go Fishing as Chapter & Communications Director

Let’s Go Fishing, the Minnesota-based 501c3 non-profit that annually takes 20,000 seniors, veterans and children on complimentary fishing and boating outings, is pleased to announce that Dave Csanda has joined the organization as Chapter & Communications Director. Csanda’s regional duties include promoting Let’s Go Fishing’s positive message with local LGF chapters via newsletters and press releases, attending board meetings and local activities, and expanding the formation of new chapters. He will also be involved in fundraising and shaping the organization’s future direction and national growth. 

Csanda is no stranger to the fishing business, having spent a long career as an angling educator, outdoor writer, magazine and TV personality at In-Fisherman and Lindner Media Productions. In addition to performing over 1,000 fishing seminars at major sports shows, he is an inductee of both the Minnesota and National Fresh Water Fishing Halls of Fame.

Csanda also brings a wealth of Let’s Go Fishing experience to the job. As one of the co-founders and past president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of LGF, he continues to be an active volunteer, taking senior groups fishing and boating on area waters on the one of the 34 LGF pontoons.

“From the very beginning, Let’s Go Fishing’s mission of taking seniors on complimentary outings has greatly appealed to my sense of tradition,” Csanda says. “As a kid, I spent a large amount of time fishing with my dad, grandfather and uncles. I enjoyed our times together in the boat, their stories, and the rich heritage that fishing provides to so many outdoors-oriented families. Today, Let’s Go Fishing is able to reward countless residents of senior care facilities—the folks who built our communities–with an otherwise unavailable way to spend time on the water, recalling past fishing experiences with families and friends, and occasionally, introducing folks to fishing for the first time. It’s immensely rewarding to both our guests, and to the many Let’s Go Fishing volunteers that make these trips possible.

“My wife Liz joined me in this mission as a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer and co-founder of the Brainerd Lakes Chapter in 2010. As Community Relations Director at a senior care facility, she keeps me up-to-date on the financial and staffing challenges faced industry-wide, and the importance of making outdoor activities available to residents–not simply as fishing trips, but perhaps even more importantly, as recreational therapy that lifts spirits on the water. I look forward to helping expanding the Let’s Go Fishing program to seniors nationwide.”

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LGF seeing first hand the benefits of a boat ride

Studies have shown that nature has beneficial effects on mental and physical health.

And Let’s Go Fishing’s many chapters in Minnesota are stressing the importance of those outdoor attributes in its mission statement: “Bringing Nature’s Healing and Well-Being to Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled.”

Let’s Go Fishing is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established by Executive Director Joe Holm and his wife Carolyn, of Willmar, in 2002.

“LGF liberates people from isolation, loneliness and depression – by giving them boating day trips, and sometimes even fish to catch,” said Holm. “Healthier and happier people are the result.”

Let’s Go Fishing now has 25 chapters throughout Minnesota, as well as one in Wisconsin. Read the full article at Senior Perspective…

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Hospitalized Fargo Veterans go fishing

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) – Finally a wind-less day. And with a lake full of fish, Big Detroit Lake played host to a special kind of “day on the water.”

A few times a summer, the Fargo VA takes some of its veterans for an afternoon of fishing. Volunteers from the non-profit group “Let’s Go Fishing” provide the pontoon, the rods, and the memories.

“Ready to catch fish?” said Tim Miller.

“We are ready to catch fish,” said Gerry Gronvold.

The veterans arrived from Fargo.  Watch the full story from WDAY here…

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Snowbirds Flock to Willmar

Ann Patrick and Terry Dinderman of the Orange Grove RV Park Picnic Group from Edinburg, Texas, wave Tuesday as they leave a public dock to cruise Green Lake courtesy Let’s Go Fishing.

The migratory, mostly Midwestern flock, spend winters deep in the heart of Texas and hold a reunion picnic each summer in a different home town, this one headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds for three days with about 150 attending. Watch the full story on WCTRIB.com

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Let’s Go Fishing – Building partnerships within the communities it serves

By Tom Cherveny – West Central Tribune – SPICER – Linda Dilley knows how to make life fun for the residents of Bethesda Pleasant View in Willmar, where she is the activities assistant.

But she will admit that residents enjoy some of their best times outside the comfort of their Pleasant View home. By all measures, one of their favorite activities is Let’s Go Fishing outings on the waters of Green Lake. The excitement and good vibes continue when they return and tell others of their adventures, according to Dilley.

She will admit this, too. “Sometimes I’m just as giddy when I take them out and see the joy on their faces,’’ said Dilley. “To me,’’ she said of Let’s Go Fishing, “it’s the best organization around.’’

Let’s Go Fishing will continue to get around and touch lives on the water in more places than ever as it enters its 15th year, according to Joe Holm, its founder and executive director. Holm said the Spicer-based, nonprofit has continued to see steady growth since its start. Read the full story at www.wctrib.com

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Detroit Lakes Chapter finishes the season with 131 trips

… DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE — It’s been another successful season for the Detroit Lakes chapter of Let’s Go Fishing, the volunteer-run organization that offers area seniors and disabled residents, veterans and youth an opportunity to experience what it’s like to get out on the lake and fish, or see the sights — many of them for the first time. A total of 131 trips were taken from May through September, serving more than 1,265 clients of all ages, including more than 900 adults and 300 youth.

“One hundred thirty-one is a new record for the number of trips in a season,” said Dave Hochhalter, a co-founder of the chapter who still serves on its governing board. And there could have been even more, he added; 37 trips were cancelled, “primarily because of weather.” The chapter also achieved some memorable milestones this summer, having served more than 5,600 clients and completed over 600 trips since its inception in 2008. Read the full story…

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Let’s Go Fishing honors veterans for duty

Many people in the Alexandria area take for granted a day out on the boat on one of the many nearby lakes. For the participants in the annual Let’s Go Fishing Veteran’s Special Day, however, that could not be further from the truth. Fergus Falls native and current Alexandria resident Warren Gundberg went out for his third year at the event, and despite vision difficulties, appreciates the trip. Read the full story here…

 

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PrairieCare to open new mental health hospital

PrairieCare… one of LGF’s biggest sponsors, is opening a new mental health facility in the Twin Cities. BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – More help is coming for children in the Twin Cities dealing with mental health issues. PrairieCare will open a brand new pediatric mental health hospital in September.

Watch the full story on Kare 11…

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North Branch Chapter Receives Donation

The North Branch Chapter of Let’s go Fishing is pleased to receive a donation from the Krona family in Lindstrom, in memory of Shel Krona, who was able to go out on numerous Let’s go Fishing trips. Read the Full Story…