The 2011/2012 Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota has announced its newest inductees — Dave Csanda, James Lindner, Dan Sura and Jeff Arnold. There are also two new corporate inductees — Rapala and Outdoor News.
Csanda, Lindner and Sura are all recognized for their contributions as fishing educators, communicators and media personalities. All were critical in the success of In-Fisherman magazine and television, as well as communications from Lindner Media Productions, producers of the popular Angling Edge television series. Arnold is recognized for his achievements as a fishing promoter and retailer, and is the owner of the Reed’s Sporting Goods of Walker.
Csanda, Lindner and Sura are all of the Brainerd area. Arnold is of the Walker area.
Rapala, considered by some to be the most famous fishing lure of all time, earned a corporate induction. Although from Finland, it was a Minnesota business that introduced the brand to the world. Outdoor News was also inducted for their journalistic excellence and dedication to Minnesota fishing.
Current members of the hall of fame cast confidential ballots, recognizing nominees who demonstrated both excellence in the sport and a remarkable contribution to the sport fishing community. As hall of famers, the inductees’ images and biographies will appear on the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota’s newly launched website (www.FishingHallofFameMN.com). In addition to showcasing hall of famers, the site also includes information about Minnesota fishing and related current events. Interactive “Master Angler” and “Braggin’ Board” sections allow visitors to show off their catches. The Braggin’ Board functions as a direct link to the hall’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/FishingHallofFameMN) where angling enthusiasts can socialize with the organization and one another. Visitors to the new website are encouraged to visit often for updated content; to explore “Friends of the Hall” links; and to support the 501c3 non-profit Hall with tax-deductible contributions.
The hall of fame is located in the Baxter Gander Mountain.
In addition to being featured online, all inductees will be honored in a traveling hall of fame that’s in development and will visit sport shows, fairs, schools and other venues where the organization can help promote Minnesota fishing. An official hall of fame induction ceremony will take place sometime in early 2013, with details available soon.
The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota conducts nominations, elections and inductions annually. To qualify for nomination, a candidate must be over 50 years of age and a resident of Minnesota for at least 25 years. Additionally, nominees must receive the recommendation of a current hall of fame member. Before voting, evaluations of nominees are comprehensive, giving proper consideration to their legacy as a whole.
The organization is committed to supporting, preserving and recognizing the state’s fishing community, promoting a continued appreciation of the sport and its rich heritage. AdventureTM Advertising, with Minnesota offices in Brainerd, St. Cloud and Minneapolis, was nominated by the board of directors to function as the director of the Hall of Fame. Sam Voss at AdventureTM is available to answer any questions about the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota and its future. She may be reached at 218-824-7775 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.