HOLES 4 HEROES- Ice Fishing Contest

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HOLES 4 HEROES is a special Ice Fishing Contest designed to honor our military, both at home and abroad.


In addition to the traditional prize-filled ice fishing tournament, we also set up a unique “Hole of Honor” which features a live video feed so that families of deployed soldiers can ice fish for free while being linked via video to their beloved soldier.


It is our honor to allow all Military members, both current and former, and their immediate family members to attend Holes 4 Heroes for FREE.


We have some fantastic prizes this year, including many door prizes given away throughout the contest.  Prizes are thanks to our generous sponsors such as Clam, Frabill, Aqua-Vu, Strikemaster, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabela’s.



You don’t have to be part of the military to join us for this fun event!  Non-Military attendees are just $10 for advance registration, or $15 day-of.


FFL provides all necessary fishing gear, but feel free to bring your favorites!



Raffles, prizes, minnow races, prayer tent, food, and LOADS of fishing – this promises to be a great event!



  1. HiWay Federal Credit Union (both dates)

Like you, HiWay is proud to support fishing and outdoor programs.  Taking out a loan with HiWay means $50 will get donated to Fishing for Life.  Check out HiWay’s tent on the ice for details.

You can also stop by HiWay’s tent to register to win a Mr. Heater Buddy portable propane heater with fuel filter (an $80 value!)


  1. Sprint (White Bear Lake only)

Make sure to stop by the Sprint booth at H4H East for a chance to win a Cabela’s gift card and to learn about the best price for “unlimited” which now includes free Hulu.  Learn how you can save more at a Sprint store near you by clicking HERE.



  1. Terry Tuma

Terry is a 2013 Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most prolific outdoor communicators the Upper Midwest. Over the last 40+ years, Tuma has conducted more than 4,000 seminars. He participates in radio segments for over 40 affiliates including Outdoor News Radio and FAN Outdoors. Tuma has been featured on many television shows and currently can be seen regularly on Minnesota Bound and Due North Outdoors. Tuma has also been featured in many major publications including Outdoor News, In-Fisherman, and North American Fisherman.


  1. Steve Pennaz

Steve is a Fishing Hall of Fame angler known nationally as the host of the Lake Commandos and Garmin Stone Cold Fishing television shows. He is a former US national ice fishing champion and original member of Team USA, medaling in two World Ice Fishing Championships.

Holes 4 Heroes (West): REGISTER HERE

Saturday, January 27, 2018

1:00pm-4:00pm (CST)

Medicine Lake – in front of Harty’s Boat Works

1920 E. Medicine Lake Blvd

Plymouth, MN 55441


Pre-Registration ($10 for One Hole/$15 for Two Holes) Ends Friday, January 26th at 6pm.

Tickets Can Be Purchased On the Ice for $15 for One Hole/$20 for Two Holes.

Military personnel and their immediate families (spouses and children) can register in advance or day-of at no charge for their first hole.

Holes 4 Heroes (East): REGISTER HERE

Saturday, February 3, 2018

1:00pm-4:00pm (CST)

White Bear Lake – in front of the VFW

4496 Lake Ave South

White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Pre-Registration ($10 for One Hole/$15 for Two Holes) Ends Friday, February 2nd at 6pm.

Tickets Can Be Purchased On the Ice for $15 for One Hole/$20 for Two Holes.

Military personnel and their immediate families (spouses and children) can register in advance or day-of at no charge for their first hole.


Timber Ghost CountryThanks to Timber Ghost Realty

for Sponsoring

Holes 4 Heroes 2018!





Don’t Feel like Fishing?

Volunteer and Serve those that have Served!



We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:

set up, guest services, fishing guides & post-event tear down.


Sign up to Volunteer at these links:


WEST: Saturday, January 27, 2018, Medicine Lake



EAST: Saturday, February 3, 2018, White Bear Lake






We will have many ways for our Armed Forces members to connect with one another at this tournament, including these two which must be signed up for:


1.Hole of Honor: This tournament will be simulcast to Iraq & Afghanistan so that personnel currently serving overseas can watch their family & friends LIVE while they fish.

We are seeking any ACTIVE Armed Force members serving overseas and/or their families looking to connect with each other via our simulcast system on the lake. Please contact Tom Goodrich at 612-987-5466 or email Tom@fishingforlife.org for more information.


  1. Veteran/Family Tip-Up Zone & Clam Zone: We have special holes and fishing tents set up for military families to enjoy the day, along with a trained guide to help get you set up for a successful day of fishing. If interested, please contact Tom Goodrich at 612-987-5466 or email Tom@fishingforlife.org.





























































Ice fishing trip and snow goose hunt -Wounded Warriors United-Minnesota

looking for 4 Veterans for a small ice fishing trip in Dawson MN. The date is FEB 16-18. We will stay in a hotel the night of the 16 and fish the 17-18 and come back the night of the 18th. We will be sleeping in the fish houses on the 17th. There are 2 Ice Castle houses and can sleep 3 each comfortably.
I am also looking for 2 more veterans for a snow goose hunt in March in South Dakota. We will travel down (transportation provided) March 1st and hunt the 2-4, then come home the night of the 4th.
We also have more events planned throughout the year, and when we get our website up there will be a list of events and applications for these events, but for now contact me at 2183901699 and I will explain more.
All expenses are covered. We can and will provide shotguns, ammo, fishing poles, tackle, clothing, etc. if desired. Keep in mind we are a non-profit, so funds are very limited and a lot comes from donations and my own pocket. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 218 390 1699 and I will be happy to answer any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you
Logan Shiflett with Wounded Warriors United-Minnesota.


Here are some tips and suggestions on establishing a Purple Heart City or County.
This is just a guide to assist in your efforts, and does not proclaim to be the “End-All”
in the procedure.
I use a County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in the below outline, however, you can
use the same information for a City Council or Board of Commissioners, etc.
First, find out who on your BOS is the Veteran’s contact person. If there is no
Supervisor assigned to this, contact the Board Chairperson or County person known
to you, and ask for a face-to-face meeting.
Have with you a copy of the example Proclamation (click for two examples), and
suggest they can use it as a guide in making their own. Be prepared to explain what
your intent is ie, honoring all those who have sacrificed for their country .. those
killed or wounded in combat ….
Make sure you advise him/her that it’s cost neutral; that it will not cost the County
any money … any incurred cost will be absorbed by your chapter – such as plaques,
highway signs, etc. This is an important point, as knowing that there is no cost
involved will resolve any fiscal issue that might inhibit action.
You will probably be referred to the County Clerk to work up the Proclamation. Be
sure she/he sends you a draft copy for your review and approval – before it’s finalized.
It’s important you agree with the verbiage.
Once the Proclamation is firmed up, ask that the BOS presentation be placed on the
agenda at least two weeks in advance. This gives you time to contact other Veterans
organizations to attend the meeting, and for you to contact the newspaper / radio to
publicize the event. Invite as many veterans you can – Ladies, other vets, all your
members, etc.

If your BOS meetings are televised, ask the cameraman for copies on DVD – they
may charge you, but some may honor our non-profit status and waive any charge. If
they won’t waive the cost, pay the money – it’s well worth it to have a DVD of the
presentation. If no filming is available, assign someone to video it.
Be prepared to give a short acceptance speech (if given the opportunity). They are
honoring Purple Heart veterans, and they should receive recognition for doing so.
If you can, bring enough of your Department coins / pins, etc. to present to all the
Supervisors – don’t forget the County / City Attorney, Clerk of the Board, Chief
Administrative Officer, City Manager etc. Everyone who sits facing the audience
should get one.
After the awards, Chapters gater outside and take lot of still pictures – some are
submitted to, and were published in, the Purple Heart Magazine, others can feature in
the Purple Hat Press.
Please keep your Department and Regional Commander appraised of your progress.
As the National Coordinator of the program, I will need legislative confirmation (a
copy of the resolution or proclamation) alongwith an address, specifically a zipcode.
Once confirmed, I will post it on the National web-site.
It is suggested you send the Proclamation / Resolution to your Department
Commander, who will send it to your Regional Commander, who will send it to me
(scanned copy in email). It is very important your chain-of-command be kept in the
The above can also be used as an outline for a Purple Heart State, by contacting a
State Legislator who would be willing to introduce a Bill or Resolution.
Call or email me anytime if I can be of further assistance. Yours in Patriotism,
Jim James Varejcka
National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator
450 Conestoga Ave
Hickman, NE 68372-9783
Phone: (402) 792-2144
Email: jfvarejcka@windstream.net

Martin Luther King-2018 Service and Celebration Activities

Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Announces 2018 Service and Celebration Activities

ST. PAUL, MN – At 10:00am on Monday, January 15, 2018, the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will host the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. The event will include remarks from Governor Mark Dayton, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“To continue the work that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed over 60 years ago, we must reaffirm our commitments to equal rights, opportunities, and justice for all,” said Governor Dayton. “I encourage Minnesotans to join us on January 15th, as we honor past civil rights leaders and renew our state’s commitment to building a better future for all Minnesotans.”
This year, the theme of the celebration will be: “Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
“This celebration is a chance to recognize the incredible legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we continue our work today to advance greater justice and equity for everybody,” said James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota. “This year, as we remember his legacy, I encourage all Minnesotans to ask themselves: What are you doing for others?”
This year’s program will be hosted by Brandi Powell, KSTP-TV Anchor, and will feature musical performances by the Billingsley School of Music & Arts, Stokely Williams, and Maria Isa. This event is free and open to the public. More details can be found below.
Governor Mark Dayton
Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
The 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, with the theme: “Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Monday, January 15, 2018
8:30am             Doors Open for Youth Rally
9:00am             Youth Rally Begins
9:30am             Doors Open for Celebration Program
10:00am           Celebration Program Begins
12:00pm           Event Ends
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
About the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Every year since 1986, the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday has hosted a statewide event. The theme of this year’s celebration is: “Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
This year’s celebration will also feature an awards ceremony honoring Minnesotans who are making a difference for all of us. This event is free and open to the public, and live American Sign Language interpretation & CART services will be provided. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Nicholas.Kor@state.mn.us for additional information.