FISH TRAP LAKE -- Frieda Kedrowski has not gone fishing since her husband died 17 years ago.
This year Kedrowski was offered an opportunity to get out on the lake to fish. She and her grandson, Myles Kedrowski, 14, Little Falls, went fishing Friday on Fish Trap Lake near Lincoln in Morrison County. The two, along with about 20 other youth and senior citizens, were able to relax and visit, while having fun catching fish -- at least until the pouring rain came in to cut their day short.
The Little Falls Leadership Lindyland sponsored the student/senior citizen fishing day as its 2003 project. Leadership Lindyland is a Little Falls Chamber of Commerce program. As part of the program, about a dozen community members spend a year learning more about their community while developing personal leadership skills. The program requires the group to create a project for the community.
Katie Harms, a member of Leadership Lindyland and Little Falls School Board, said she joined the program to get to know the community. Harms moved to Little Falls from Roseville two years ago.
"I wanted to see where I could help," she said. "It has been incredibly fulfilling."
(Right) Zach Bellefeuille (left), 13, Little Falls; Dustin Smith, 11, Staples; and Joel Groseclose, 12, Avon; caught plenty of fish on Fish Trap Lake, including these three nice-sized bass. (Dispatch Photos by Jennifer Stockinger)
Harms said the group brainstormed ideas for a project. She said Louise Welle, a Leadership Lindyland member who works in the Morrison County Public Health Department, heard through its senior programs that the seniors miss being able to fish.
"This was a project that touched everybody in a good way," said Harms. "The senior citizens and the youth will get joy out of it."
The senior citizens and the students had a good time fishing, even on a rainy day.
"It has been good," said Kedrowski. "I got a lot of bites. I caught one sunfish and it was a keeper. This is a great experience. I hope they keep doing this."
Kedrowski's grandson, who caught a nice-size sunfish, also had a good time fishing.
Loretta Kilanowsky, 81, Little Falls, cast her line Friday on Fish Trap Lake waiting patiently for a fish to latch onto her hook. She said she had a few nibbles, but the fish were not cooperating.
Loretta Kilanowsky, who has lived in Little Falls since 1945, has not gone fishing in 20 years. She used to go fishing with her children. She said when she heard about the fishing adventure she thought it would be fun to tag along.
"It's my turn to catch a fish, but the fish are not cooperating," she said while watching her bobber. The two youths on the same pontoon as Kilanowsky caught a few fish and she only had a few nibbles.
When asked if anything has changed with fishing since she went 20 years ago, she said, "Everything's the same expect the cell phones."
Molly Jacobson and Katherine Harms, both age 12 and of Little Falls, were on the boat with Kilanowsky. Jacobson said she caught the first fish on the boat. She later reeled in another two, a bass and a sunfish.
Jacobson said when her mom asked if she wanted to go fishing with senior citizens, she was more than happy to go.
Katherine Harms, 12, Little Falls, tried to untangle her fishing line Friday. She had good luck on Fish Trap Lake and caught a few keepers.
"I like to help out with whatever," she said. "I like to fish."
It was more of a family bonding trip for Harms, whose mother and grandmother were participating. She said her family has a cabin on Fish Trap Lake and she enjoys fishing. She also had luck and caught a sunfish and a bass.
Eric Anderson, youth pastor of Free Evangelical Church in Lincoln and a volunteer tour guide for one of the pontoons, said he was happy to help out Leadership Lindyland with the project. He said it is fun for the children and the senior citizens to go out on the lake to fish.
Tammy Meagher, Leadership Lindyland member, also cast a line. She said it was fun to be out on the lake and the fishing project was a neat opportunity for everyone.
Elmer Albrecht of Browerville also attended the event. He has not gone fishing for about five years. Albrecht shared a fishing story from when he was 14 years old. He said if it wasn't for the storm that day he would have caught "quite a few fish that were as big as a plate."
The Little Falls Chamber donated $500 and the Lincoln Area Business Association donated $250 for the project. The Lincoln Evangelical Free Church also helped support the program.
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